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

Ref.: RPM-ARB/CEO/DM-243 Geneva, 17 November 2009



  Administrations of ITU Member States of the Arab region
  ITU-D Sector Members of the Arab region
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Subject: Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab States (RPM-ARB),
Damascus, Syria (17-19 January 2010)

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have pleasure in inviting you to participate in the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab States (RPM-ARB) for the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference, to be held in Damascus, Syria, from 17-19 January 2010 at the kind invitation of the Government of Syria.

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

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 In 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 address.

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 14 December 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 17 December 2009. Pre-registration without fellowship requests can be done until 12 January 2010.

We stand ready to work closely with the members, including the regional telecommunication organizations, in order to facilitate the consolidation of proposals and achieve the expected output, based on priorities and requirements.

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 Arab region based on the top priorities you will have set.

Yours sincerely,

[Original signed]

Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid

Administrations of ITU Member States of the Arab region
- ITU-D Sector Members of the Arab region

Annex 1

    Document RPM ARB10/01E
    6 November 2009
Original: English


Telecommunication Development Bureau  


Draft agenda  


1. Opening Ceremony  
2. Election of the Chairman


Election of the Vice-chairman


Approval of the agenda



Consideration of the Time Management Plan



Implementation of the Doha Action Plan (WTDC-06) and of the WSIS Plan of Action



ICT Development status in the region: challenges and opportunities



A fresh look on ITU-D activities



Proposals for Programmes and Study Group Questions

See RPM-ARB10/DT02


Priority setting for Regional Initiatives

See RPM-ARB10/DT02


Other business


S. Al-Basheer Al-Morshid


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