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Invitation to Observers




Geneva, 14 May 2009






  • to Regional telecommunication organizations from the Africa region not member of the ITU-D sector
  • to Intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems from the Africa region not member of the ITU‑D Sector
  • to the United Nations
  • to UN Specialized agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency

For your reply


Brahima Sanou, Head, ITU Regional Office for Africa,
Addis Ababa




+251 11 551 7299




+251 11 551 4977/+251 11 551 4855

+251 11 551 3346/+251 11 551 8328


Emamgholi Behdad
Head, Projects and Initiatives
Telecommunication Development Bureau

International Telecommunication Union, Geneva




+41 22 730 5484





+41 22 730 5448


Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference (RPM-AFR), Kampala, Uganda, 13-15 July 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have pleasure in inviting you to participate, as observer, in the Regional preparatory meeting for Africa (RPM-AFR) for the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10), to be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 13 to 15 July 2009 at the kind invitation of the Government of Uganda.

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 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 the pressing needs facing the Member States and Sector Members of the region.

The RPM-AFR 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, a very focused RPM-AFR agenda based on the general framework provided by the preliminary draft WTDC-10 agenda has been prepared and is found in Annex I.

Registration will be made exclusively online at Participants experiencing difficulties with their online registration are invited to contact the ITU Regional Office at for assistance.

Practical information relating to the meeting will shortly be available on that website.

The ITU regional and area offices will work closely with participants 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 fruitful discussions 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 Africa region based on the top priorities Members of the region will have set.

Yours sincerely,

[Original signed]

Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid





  Document RPM-AFR09/01-E

29 April 2009

Original: English
SOURCE Telecommunication Development Bureau
TITLE Draft agenda
1. Opening Ceremony  
2. Election of the Chairman  
3. Election of the Vice-chairman  
4. Approval of the agenda RPM-AFR09/01
5. Consideration of the Time Management Plan  
6. Implementation of the Doha Action Plan (WTDC-06) and of the WSIS Plan of Action  
7. ICT Development status in the region: challenges and opportunities  
8. A fresh look on ITU-D activities  
9. Proposals for Programmes and Study Group Questions  
10. Priority setting for Regional Initiatives based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the Doha Action Plan  
11. Other business  

S. Al-Basheer Al-Morshid


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