Regional Network for the Exchange of Information and Experience in Science and Technology in Asia and the Pacific (ASTINFO)

Réseau régional pour l'échange d'information et d'expérience en science et technologie en Asie et dans le Pacifique

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1983, on recommendation of a meeting of Asian Ministers of Science and Technology (CASTASIA II), 1982, Manila (Philippines). A cooperative programme of B-XB3383 - UNESCO and participating countries. Secretariat: set up, 30 Sep 1984, at E-XE9604 - UNESCO Office, Jakarta - Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific; transferred to E-XE9576 - UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Jan 1987, following decentralization of UNESCO's General Information Programme for Asia and the Pacific. Merged with U-XF2135 - Regional Informatics Network in South and Central Asia (RINSCA) and U-XF2324 - Regional Informatics Network for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RINSEAP), to form F-XF6848 - Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN).


Provide international assistance to support and supplement national projects, programmes and activities by increasing the effectiveness of national information systems and their use, through inter-country approaches and sharing of information, experience and information processing facilities, including computer hardware, software and telecommunications lines; promote use of science and technology at grass roots level and by community groups.


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Governments of each participating country nominate a national coordinating unit and liaison officer, assisted by a national advisory group or inter-institutional committee. They may also nominate associated centres and networks to ensure effective coordination and resource sharing at national and regional levels. Currently governments of 18 countries have nominated Coordinating Units and Liaison Officers and a total of 50 associate centres. Regional Secretariat.


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GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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