||18 February 2009
|| Eun-Ju Kim, Head, ITU Regional Office
for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok
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Head, Projects & Initiatives Department, ITU
Telecommunication Development Bureau
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Subject: ITU Regional Preparatory
Meeting for the Asia-Pacific region
(RPM-ASP) for the World Telecommunication
Development Conference (WTDC) 2010
I have pleasure in inviting
you to participate in the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the
Asia-Pacific region (RPM-ASP) for the 2010 World Telecommunication
Development Conference, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5
to 7 May 2009 at the kind invitation of the Government of Malaysia.
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 pressing needs
facing the Member States and Sector Members of the region.
The RPM-ASP 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-ASP 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
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 1 May 2009
at the latest.
relating to the meeting will shortly be available on that website.
Registration will be made exclusively online at
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).
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 6 April 2009.
Pre-registration without fellowship requests can be done
until 20 April 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
Asia-Pacific region based on the top priorities you will have set.
Sami Al Basheer Al
Administrations of ITU Member States of the Asia-Pacific
ITU-D Sector Members of the Asia-Pacific region
Regional telecommunication organizations
Intergovernmental organizations operating satellite systems
Specialized agencies of the United Nations
International Atomic Energy Agency