With the next four year cycle planning for the World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC) to be held in 2010, the ITU and APT have begun their process for preparing the regional submissions towards this conference.
The ITU Asia Pacific region held its first regional preparatory meeting from 5-7 May followed by APT on the 8th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The main purpose of the Regional Preparatory Meeting was to engage the ITU and APT members in the WTDC process early on and to consider, at the regional level, appropriate ICT development strategies. To this end, they seek to identify priority areas and related initiatives, projects, Study Group Questions that need to be addressed to foster the development of telecommunications and of information technologies.
Participations from the Pacific include Papua New Guinea (PNG), Vanuatu, Tonga, Kiribati and the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA)
In addition to supporting the continuity of the Regional Initiatives program to address policy and regulatory developments, rural communications, next generation networks, small island & developing states special needs and the harmonisations of standardisations, the Pacific Island government representatives also moved that the provisions for SPECIAL NEEDS for Small Islands & Developing States and the Least Developing Countries to remain included in the regional development focus.
On projects, the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) proposed two projects to help with its member countries and the industry efforts to identify and reduce gaps in key areas, and in customising policies and developing appropriate solutions for the Pacific Islands. Rather than using models based on other regions, PITA proposed that a benchmarking model be created for the Pacific Islands on key factors in similar lines with other developed regions to assist with the region's planning and developments in policies, infrastructure and services. The other project proposed was to seek assistance for a regional platform or program for continuity and critical information and infrastructure protection. PITA with its 42 Pacific Island members of Operators, Carriers and Regulators will expect to work closely with ITU and the upcoming Pacific Islands Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC) when established, and would like to extend its appreciation to PNG in submiting these two projects as its country member proposal. The meeting adopted these projects and would have them be taken into considerations for the regional initiatives submission to the WTDC 2010. Tonga was nominated as one of the Co-Vice Chair to ensure that the Pacific is also represented in the chairing executive as the Asia peers. The meeting also included ITU country members from Asia governments.
For more information and any questions, contact the PITA Manager.