In order to improve the space resources usage in the Asia-Pacific Region, to get common understanding on space technology and applications development in APSCO Member States, and to explore the prospect for space cooperation among APSCO Member States and Countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, the First APSCO International Symposium on Space Cooperation for the Asia-Pacific Region had been co-organized by APSCO Secretariat and the MICT of Thailand from 20 to 24, July 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand.
The symposium was aimed at encouraging the experts and specialists from APSCO Member States and Asia-Pacific Region for exchanging information and sharing experiences as to space sector development in their home countries including different satellite technology development and their applications, as well as to views on potential cooperative projects and proposals by participants.
During the opening session of the Symposium, Honorable advisor to the Minister of MICT addressed the symposium and wished a complete success for the Symposium. Also Mr. Lin Sen, the Deputy Director-General of MIIT of China, delivered a welcome address on behalf of China as the Host Country for APSCO. Dr. Zhang Wei, Secretary-General of the APSCO Secretariat, made opening speech and highlighted the importance of the Symposium as it has been one of first activities of APSCO since its establishment. The representatives from UN-OOSA and UN-ESCAP also attended the Symposium in all the sessions in order to indicate their strong support for APSCO.
The areas covered during three-day deliberations of the symposium were:
• Space activities in Asia-Pacific Region and their current status and future trends
• Satellite Earth Observation Technology Development and its Applications
• Satellite Communications Technology Development and its Applications
In total, more than 70 participants from 11 countries and three international organizations attended the Symposium, and 40 experts from the Asia-Pacific Region had made presentations on their respective topics.
During the symposium, the local organizer MICT of Thailand arranged Technical visit to the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the participants got acquaintance with ground data receiving stations at the GISTDA and THEOS satellite which is the first Earth observation mini-satellite of Thailand.
At the Closing Ceremony, Dr. Zhang Wei, Secretary-General of APSCO, made speech and concluded that the Symposium had provided an important platform for academic cooperation and exchange in the space sector of the Asia-Pacific region. He also encouraged experts to submit research papers on various topics including GPS for developing future collaboration with APSCO.
During the stay in Pattaya, MICT of Thailand as the host had made a very thoughtful arrangement for organizing the events in all aspects. The Symposium Organizing Committee and all participants expressed their thanks and satisfaction for warm hospitality by local host.