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Universal Access Models Workshop

Banjul, The Gambia -- 10-14 March 2003

At the kind invitation of the Government of The Gambia, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO), in collaboration with the West African Telecommunications Regulators Association (WATRA), are organizing a workshop on ITU-CTO Universal Access Models, to be held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 10 to 14 March 2003.

The workshop is aimed at building capacity among national regulatory authorities, policy makers and information and communication technology (ICT) service providers with respect to regulatory issues related to universal access.  The workshop is based on a three-part Model covering Universal Service/Access Policies, Regulations and Procedures developed jointly by the ITU BDT and the CTO.  The workshop will also allow participants to make their recommendations on how the models may be further developed within the West African sub-region to suit local conditions.

The two experts that designed the models will conduct sessions on guidelines for developing a universal access policy, the creation and operation of universal service funds, universal access project funding through minimum subsidy auction mechanisms, tariff/interconnection regulation for the promotion of universal access and telecentre options and strategies.  

The workshop will be conducted in an interactive fashion with comments and questions from the participants directed both to the experts and to other participants.


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