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Draft Programme

 

Introduction

The Connect Americas Summit is organized by the International Telecommunication Union and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Panama. Connect Americas is part of ITU's Connect the World series, an ambitious initiative launched in 2005 aimed at connecting the unconnected by the year 2015.

Organized on a regional basis, the Connect the World series of events is focused on regional priorities, including the Regional Initiatives established at the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2010 (WTDC-10), as well as the overall goals established at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Summit Objectives

The Connect Americas Summit aims to mobilize the human, financial and technical resources required to close Information and Communication Technology gaps in the region. The Summit offers a venue for leaders from the public and private sectors as well as international and regional financing and development agencies to network face-to-face and forge new partnerships. It is preceded by a preparatory process (including consultation meetings in Mexico City, Mexico, and Port of Spain, Trinidad) during which ICT development projects and project holders are identified, as well as partners and donors willing to contribute to the implementation of the selected projects, with a view to enhance the deployment of ICT networks, applications and services within the region.

Summit Format and Outcomes

The Summit features high-level interactive panels focused on the challenges posed for developing economies in harnessing the full potential of ICTs. Bold decisions and commitments will be announced on multi-stakeholder partnerships to meet these challenges. In addition, a Summit Communiqué issued by leaders from the Americas will demonstrate a high-level political commitment to the outcomes of the Summit.

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Tuesday, 17 July
09:30
11:30
MULTI-STAKEHOLDER MEETING
11:30
12:30
DRAFTING GROUP MEETING
12:30
15:30
LUNCH
15:30
17:30
SUMMIT MINISTERIAL MEETING
Wednesday, 18 July
10:30
12:00
OPENING CEREMONY
12:00
12:30
PRESS CONFERENCE
12:30
15:00
LUNCH
15:00
16:00
OPENING DEBATE: TOWARDS A FUTURE BUILT ON BROADBAND
16:15
16:30
SETTING THE STAGE: BROADBAND FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
16:30
18:00
INTERACTIVE PANEL 1: BANKROLLING BROADBAND: IS GOVERNMENT BACK?
20:00
00:00
GALA RECEPTION
Thursday, 19 July
09:30
10:45
INTERACTIVE PANEL 2: DIGITAL INCLUSION - GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS
11:00
12:30
INTERACTIVE PANEL 3: ICTs FOR PUBLIC SAFETY: EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
12:30
14:30
LUNCH
14:30
16:00
PARTNERSHIPS ANNOUNCEMENTS/PLEDGES
16:30
17:00
CLOSING SESSION
Tuesday, 17 July

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER MEETING


09:30 - 11:30

The purpose of this session is to review the projects and the partnership agreements reached in light of the identified priorities and themes, leading to their announcement during the Summit in the Partnership Announcements/Pledges session on the closing day.

Note - This session is open to all Summit Stakeholders. Project holders and entities interested in using the Summit as a platform to promote their projects, pledges and partnerships are encouraged to attend the Meeting.


Chairman:
Clovis BAPTISTA NETO
Executive Secretary
Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Bio

DRAFTING GROUP MEETING


11:30 - 12:30

The purpose of this session is to review the draft Summit Communiqué.

Note - This session is open to representatives of delegations of the Americas Region.


Chairman:
Antonio GONZALEZ
Executive Director
ASEP  

LUNCH


12:30 - 15:30

SUMMIT MINISTERIAL MEETING


15:30 - 17:30

The purpose of this meeting is to finalize the Summit Communiqué.

Note – This session is a Meeting of Ministers and Heads of Delegations. It is open to representatives of delegations of the Americas Region.

Wednesday, 18 July

OPENING CEREMONY


10:30 - 12:00

 


Opening Remarks
Zelmar RODRIGUEZ CRESPO
General Administrator
Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Públicos (ASEP) Speech
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Dr. Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union Bio

Speech
English


Opening Address
H. E. Mr Ricardo MARTINELLI BERROCAL
President
Republic of Panama Speech Español

Keynote on Protecting Children in Cyberspace
H. E. Mrs Laura CHINCHILLA
President of Costa Rica
Patron of the ITU Child Online Protection initiative
Costa Rica Speech
Español

Policy Statements
H. E. Mr. Víctor Nazim Gordon Burke
Representante del Excelentísimo Señor Tillman Thomas, Prime Ministro
Granada Speech
English
H.E.Mrs Carolyn SEEPERSAD-BACHAN
Minister of Public Administration and Representative of Her Excellency Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Bio

Speech
English

H. E. Mr. Samuel Armando Reyes Rendón
Designado Presidencial
Honduras Speech
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Honorable Señora Margarita Cedeño de Fernández
Primera Dama y Vicepresidenta electa
República Dominicana Speech
Español

PRESS CONFERENCE


12:00 - 12:30

LUNCH


12:30 - 15:00

OPENING DEBATE: TOWARDS A FUTURE BUILT ON BROADBAND


15:00 - 16:00

During the Broadband Leadership Summit, which took place in Geneva on 25 October 2011, members of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development challenged the global community to work together to promote “broadband inclusion for all” as a means of accelerating progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. In this session, members of the Broadband Commission from the Americas Region will debate with other stakeholders why broadband is important for the Americas and which initiatives can be undertaken by stakeholders in the region to encourage broadband inclusion.

adobereader Summary of the Session


Moderator
Dr Hamadoun I. TOURÉ
Secretary-General
International Telecommunication Union  

Panellists
H.E. Mr. Diego MOLANO
Minister of Information and Communication Technologies
Colombia Bio
H.E.Mrs. Carolyn SEEPERSAD-BACHAN
Minister of Public Administration
Trinidad and Tobago Bio
Amb. Philip L. VERVEER
Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy
USA Bio
John E. DAVIES
Vice-President
Intel Bio
Santiago FERNANDEZ VALBUENA
CEO
Telefónica Latin América Bio
Patrick SLIM DOMIT
Co-Chairman
America Movil  

SETTING THE STAGE: BROADBAND FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


16:15 - 16:30

Keynote Speech
Mr. Brahima SANOU
Director, BDT
International Telecommunication Union
Speech
Bio

INTERACTIVE PANEL 1: BANKROLLING BROADBAND: IS GOVERNMENT BACK?


16:30 - 18:00

Session Overview:

Information and communication technologies (ICTs), and especially broadband, are widely recognized as key drivers of private sector investment, employment and socio-economic development. While developed countries have rapidly and effectively leveraged the benefits of broadband, many developing countries are now faced with the challenge of setting and implementing policies fostering opportunity and prosperity though broadband access for all. To create tomorrow's Knowledge-based Societies and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the time is ripe to critically consider different strategies for funding broadband rollout.

While a large portion of the huge investment needed for broadband infrastructure will likely come from the private sector, it is wise to explore policy frameworks that can stimulate funding of future deployments. Ranging from shared access and direct infrastructure funding through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and end-user subsidies, to market reform and notably, competition and fiscal policies – there is today a wealth of available options. The technology is available, the regulatory environments are increasingly being smoothed out, and the demand is certainly there. Can investment be far behind?

adobereader Summary of the Session


Moderator
Mr. Brahima SANOU
Director, BDT
International Telecommunication Union Bio

Panellists
H. E. Dr Edmond MANSOOR
Minister of State
Antigua and Barbuda Bio
H. E. Mr Dionisio PEREZ-JÁCOME FRISCIONE
Minister of Communications and Transport
Mexico Bio
Eduardo E. JAEN
General Administrator, Autoridad Nacional para la Innovación Gubernamental
Panama Bio
Carolina COSSE
President
ANTEL, Uruguay Bio
Roderick KIRWAN
General Counsel
Cable & Wireless Communications Caribbean Operations, Jamaica Bio
Glenda MEDFORD
Managing Director
GEMFORD Consultancy
Barbados and CANTO representative
Bio
Javier RECIO
Vice-President
SATMEX, Mexico Bio
Raúl ECHEBERRÍA
LACNIC Executive Director
President of the Board of ISOC
LACNIC
ISOC
Bio

GALA RECEPTION


20:00 - 00:00 / room SHERATON HOTEL
Thursday, 19 July

INTERACTIVE PANEL 2: DIGITAL INCLUSION - GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS


09:30 - 10:45

Session Overview:

Access to infrastructure is central to achieving the goal of digital inclusion, enabling universal, sustainable, ubiquitous and affordable access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and services for all. Digital inclusion is fundamental to building inclusive societies, in line with national and international development goals.  Digital inclusion means that indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, women, girls, youth and children can use accessible and affordable ICTs as tools for their social and economic development.

Promoting accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities, can unleash vast untapped markets.  Ensuring that women and girls are well-prepared and encouraged to take up careers in the ICT sector can play a fundamental role in youth employment strategies.  Using ICTs to provide vocational and life skills training to indigenous peoples empowers these communities.
Regulators and policy-makers face the challenging task of ensuring affordable access to ICTs and digital inclusion, while at the same time creating and maintaining investment incentives for all market participants. This session will identify the policy, regulatory and business strategies that can address some of the toughest issues facing political and business leaders alike.


Moderator
Honorable Señora Margarita CEDEÑO DE FERNÁNDEZ
Primera Dama y Vicepresidenta electa
Dominican Republic
2007 ITU Award for digital inclusion
 

Panellists
H.E. Mr Philip PAULWELL M.P.
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining
Jamaica Bio
Rafael MARADIAGA
Executive Secretary
COMTELCA  
Francesca CESA BIANCHI
Vice President for Institutional Relations
G3ict Bio
Joslyn READ
Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs
O3b Networks, United Kingdom Bio
Miguel RAIMILLA
Executive Director
Telecenter.org Foundation Bio
Kenneth SYLVESTER
CEO
Caribbean Knowledge & Learning Network Bio
Pablo BELLO
Secretary-General
Asociación Iberoamericana de Centros de Investigación y Empresas de Telecomunicaciones (AHCIET) Bio

INTERACTIVE PANEL 3: ICTs FOR PUBLIC SAFETY: EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE


11:00 - 12:30

Session Overview:

Emergency telecommunications play a critical role both in disaster risk reduction and in disaster management thus making an immense contribution to saving lives. These technologies are instrumental in monitoring, detecting, and predicting disasters. In the period before disasters strike, they serve as a medium through which authoritative alerts are disseminated. When disasters strike, emergency telecommunications facilitate search and rescue operations, distribution of food, medicines, and shelter by humanitarian workers for the benefit of the victims. On the other hand, climate change brings with it economic, social, and environmental impacts that compromise sustainable development. Telecommunications/ICTs can make a valuable contribution to climate change monitoring, mitigation and adaptation.

How can ICTs contribute to public safety? How can ICTs contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation?


Moderator
Houlin ZHAO
Deputy Secretary General
International Telecommunication Union Bio

Panellists
H.E. Mr Jaime GUERRERO
Minister of Telecommunications and Information Society
Ecuador Bio
H.E. Mr Darcy BOYCE
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Energy, Immigration, Telecommunications and Investment)
Barbados Bio
Dr Jerrol THOMPSON
Special Adviser to the Prime Minister
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bio
Robert FROEHLER
President
Rohde & Schwarz Latin America Bio
Rodolfo A. GARCIA
President
Terremark (a Verizon Company) Latin America Bio
Clovis BAPTISTA NETO
Executive Secretary
Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Bio
Bernadette LEWIS
Secretary-General
Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU) Bio

LUNCH


12:30 - 14:30

PARTNERSHIPS ANNOUNCEMENTS/PLEDGES


14:30 - 16:00
The purpose of this session is to invite stakeholders planning on investing in ICT projects in the region in the next 5 years to make an announcement and let others know about their contribution to connecting the Americas.

CLOSING SESSION


16:30 - 17:00