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THE RISE OF NATIONAL REGULATORS
In 1990, only 12 countries had established a separate regulator.  That number increased to 54 in 1996.  By 2000, the number of regulators jumped to 96.  At least 26 other nations plan to establish a separate regulator in the near future.  Regulators from around the world will share their national experiences.

THE TREND TOWARDS REGIONAL REGULATORY ORGANIZATIONS
National regulatory bodies have begun forming regional organizations or councils as a vehicle for sharing experiences or for developing regulatory guidelines and  principles.  Some examples are the ASEAN Telecommunications Regulators Council (ATRC), Foro Latino americano de Entes Reguladores de Telecomunicaciones (REGULATEL) and the Telecommunications Regulators Associaiton of Southern Africa (TRASA).  More recently, a group of Caribbean nations agreed to establish the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL)  which will be mandated to recommend a harmonized regime to participating national regulators.  Representatives from regional regulatory organizations will describe their experiences and goals. 

INTERCONNECTION
An efficient interconnection regime is generally considered essential to fostering a thriving competitive market.  This year’s edition of the annual ITU publication, Trends In Telecommunication Reform, provides an in-depth exploration of interconnection.  Trends authors will make presentations of their findings.  With the assistance of a panel of national regulators, the Trends authors will then open the floor to an interactive dialogue with all Symposium participants.

REGULATORY STRATEGIES TO INCREASE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
This session will explore options such as community tele-centres and other forms of public Internet access.

THE IMPACT OF CONVERGENCE
Converged regulatory bodies – those that address telecommunications, cable television, broadcasting and other ICTs  - will describe their experiences in a special workshop.

THE INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR ESTABLISHING INDEPENDENT REGULATORS
Countries that have not yet created a separate regulator are invited to participate in a special workshop tailored to their needs.

INITIATIVES FOR THE FUTURE
Since national regulators are forming regional groups to help bolster their knowledge base, the next logical step is a global vehicle to assist regulators - perhaps in the form of a regulators’ hotline.  Such an initiative, agreed as part of the 1998 ITU Valletta Action Plan, requires the active participation of all the world’s regulators.  The Symposium will discuss this concept and other initiatives to build and strengthen regulatory bodies.

 

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