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Invitation to Member States and ITU-D Sector Members of the Americas Region



Geneva, 24 July 2009







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Juan Zavattiero, Head, ITU Regional Office for the Americas, Brasilia





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Emamgholi Behdad
Head, Projects and Initiatives Department, BDT
Geneva, Switzerland




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Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPMs) for the Americas region, Santa Marta (Colombia),
9-11 September 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Americas Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM‑AMS) for the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference, to be held in Santa Marta, Colombia, from 9 to 11 September 2009 at the kind invitation of the Government of Colombia.

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-AMS 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-AMS agenda based on the general framework provided by the preliminary draft WTDC-10 agenda has been prepared and is found in Annex I.


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 25 August 2009 at the latest.

Registration will be made exclusively online at:

Practical information relating to the meeting will shortly be available on that 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. 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 Friday 21 August 2009. Pre-registration without fellowship requests can be done until Friday, 4 September 2009.

The ITU regional and area offices 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.

Yours faithfully,

[Original signed]

Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid



-        Administrations of ITU Member States of the Americas region

-        ITU-D Sector Members of the Americas region

-        United Nations

-        Regional telecommunication organizations

-        Intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems

-        Specialized agencies of the United Nations

-        International Atomic Energy Agency



  Document RPM-AM09/01-E

20 July 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  
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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