I have pleasure in inviting you to participate
in the CIS Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM‑CIS) for the 2010 World
Telecommunication Development Conference, to be held in Minsk,
Belarus, from 23rd to 25th November 2009 at
the kind invitation of the Government of Belarus.
Regional Preparatory Meetings are organized in
response to Resolution 31 (Rev. Doha, 2006) in a bid to achieve
greater regional coordination and engage Members in the WTDC-10
process early on. They also seek to identify issues, at the regional
level, that need to be addressed to foster the development of
telecommunications and of information technologies, taking into
account the expression of pressing needs facing the Member States
and Sector Members of the region.
The RPM-CIS is expected to draw up
recommendations on carefully selected top priority areas identified
as essential for the ICT development of the countries of the region,
within which Study Group Questions, programmes, projects and
regional initiatives can be identified for consideration by WTDC‑10.
To this end, to facilitate effective preparations by the Members of
the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), a very focused
RPM-CIS agenda based on the general framework provided by the
preliminary draft WTDC-10 agenda has been prepared and is found in
In order to consolidate the various
proposals submitted in a way that lends itself to the elaboration of
a solid, cohesive and powerful package consisting of inter-related
and mutually reinforcing components, a template has been developed
and can be found at
addition to providing a common approach to submit proposals, the
template will also provide a fast-track to the processing of the
input documents by reducing the reformatting of the contributions.
Contributions not submitted on this template may therefore result in
delays in their processing and posting. The working documents will
be posted on the ITU-D website as they become available at the same
To enable advance preparations by delegations
and in light of the constraints derived from the schedule of all
activities of the Development Sector, a deadline has been set for
the submission of proposals and contributions on the items of the
draft agenda to 6 November 2009
at the latest.
Since the RPM-CIS will be held back-to-back
with Connect CIS (26-27 November), a single registration process has
been put in place for both events. All participants to the RPM-CIS
are also invited to participate in Connect CIS and are kindly
requested to indicate their attendance when registering.
Registration will be made online at
Practical information relating to the meeting
will shortly be available on this website.
Subject to the
available financial resources and in order to encourage
participation, one fellowship may be granted to each administration
of least developed countries (LDCs) and countries whose GDP per
capita is less than 2’000 USD to participate in RPM-CIS. Fellowships
may be requested by completing the appropriate section of the online
registration form. Pre-registration with requests for fellowship
must be submitted no later than Wednesday 4 November 2009.
Pre-registration without fellowship requests can be done
until the end of the RPM-CIS (25 November 2009).
The ITU area office will work closely with the
members, including the regional telecommunication organizations, in
order to facilitate the consolidation of proposals. They stand ready
to assist you in order to achieve the expected output, based on
priorities and requirements while taking into account restraints and
limitations, in order to arrive at workable results. With this
approach, Members of the region are likely to derive greater
benefits through the achievements of the very objectives they have
set and priorities they have identified.
I very much look forward to your inputs to this
process to ensure that the Action Plan to be prepared by WTDC-10 is
an effective and viable tool to guide our work in the coming years
to meet the needs of countries of the Americas region based on the
top priorities you will have set.
Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid
Administrations of ITU Member States of the CIS region
ITU-D Sector Members of the CIS region
Regional telecommunication organizations
Intergovernmental organizations operating satellite
Specialized agencies of the United Nations
International Atomic Energy Agency