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Invitation to Observers of the Arab States Region

Ref.: RPM-ARB/CEO/DM-244 Geneva, 17 November 2009
     

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 - United Nations
 - Regional telecommunication organizations of the Arab region
 - Intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems
 - Specialized agencies of the United Nations
 - International Atomic Energy Agency
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Subject: Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab States (RPM-ARB), Damascus, Syria (17-19 January 2010)
Dear Sir/Madame

I have pleasure in inviting you to participate, as observer, 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.

The Meeting documents will be posted on the ITU-D website at www.itu.int/ITU-D/conferences/rpm/2009/arb/documents.html as they become available.

Registration will be made exclusively online, until 12 January 2010 at:
www.itu.int/ITU-D/conferences/rpm/2009/arb/Registration.html

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

I very much look forward to your participation 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

Director

Distribution:

- United Nations

- Regional telecommunication organizations of the Arab region

- Intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems

- Specialized agencies of the United Nations

- International Atomic Energy Agency


Annex 1

Document RPM-ARB10/01E
6 November
2009
Original: English
SOURCE Telecommunication Development Bureau
TITLE Draft agenda Document

1.

Opening Ceremony

2.

Election of the Chairman

3.

Election of the Vice-chairman

4.

Approval of the agenda

RPM-ARB10/01

5.

Consideration of the Time Management Plan

RPM-ARB10/DT01

6.

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

RPM-ARB10/02
RPM-ARB10/03
RPM-ARB10/04
RPM-ARB10/07

7.

ICT Development status in the region: challenges and opportunities

RPM-ARB10/08

8.

A fresh look on ITU-D activities

RPM-ARB10/06

9.

Proposals for Programmes and Study Group Questions

See RPM-ARB10/DT02

10.

Priority setting for Regional Initiatives

See RPM-ARB10/DT02

11.

Other business

S. Al-Basheer Al-Morshid

Director



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