ANNUAL MEETING OF REGIONAL REGULATORY ASSOCIATIONS,
7 December 2004, Geneva, Switzerland
At the invitation of
the BDT Director, the second annual meeting of Regional Regulatory
Associations was held in Geneva on 7 December 2004, to discuss the topics of
“Capacity Building” and “Resource Mobilization”. Some 25
participants took part in the meeting, representing regional regulatory
associations, international organisations and national administrations. Mr.
Patrick Masambu, Executive Director of the Uganda Communications
Commission (UCC) and Chairman, ARICEA (the Association of Regulators of
Information and Communications for Eastern and Southern Africa), chaired the
During the first session,
separate presentations on the capacity development activities of the Arab ICT
Regulators’ Network (ARN), the Francophone Network for Telecommunications
Regulation (FRATEL), and the European Regulatory Group (ERG) were delivered.
These were followed by a presentation by the Human Resource Development Unit (HRD)
of the BDT on their capacity building activities.
the second session, three different presentations were made. The first
presentation focused on the training opportunities made available by the
Australian Communications Authority (ACA). The second presentation highlighted
the activities of the Latin American Forum for Regulatory Agencies for
Telecommunications (REGULATEL), in particular its recent Third IRG-REGULATEL
Forum held last month. LexUM delivered the last presentation on the
development of an online database of global regulatory decisions.
of the Discussion
During the open discussion
that followed in the two sessions, the following points were raised by the
possibility of an ITU certification scheme that would certify certain
countries as having expertise in a particular regulatory aspect was
suggested as a way to ease the identification of regulatory best
practices. However, the difficulty of developing appropriate criteria to
define expertise and the potential sensibilities involved in ranking
countries were identified as significant hurdles to such a scheme. BDT
would nevertheless look into the feasibility of a regulatory certification
establishment of nodal points on a regional level was suggested as a
possible way of facilitating the identification of country best practices.
Nodal points, which can constitute regional associations or designated
regulators, could assist regulators from outside their region by providing
or pointing out good regulatory practices from that region. GREX could
also assist in establishing the network of nodal points.
need for high-level regulatory capacity building, particularly at high
levels such as commissioner or CEO, was highlighted by the meeting.
Possibilities included adding short training sessions of one or two days
to the GSR or having longer three day to one week long training sessions
during the year. In order to ensure that these training sessions would be
appealing, it was emphasised that attendance would be confined to only
high-level delegates with no substitutes allowed. BDT would follow-up on
the presentation on the online database for global regulatory decisions,
the meeting agreed that it would be useful if there was a way to link the
different regulatory databases, These included LexUM, GREX, the proposed
ITU - InfoDev Regulator’s Toolkit and the database on regulatory
remedies set up by the European Commission. These organisations were
encouraged to look into further co-operation.
topic of regulatory independence was also raised during the meeting.
Following on from the REGULATEL presentation that highlighted the November
2004 Joint IRG-REGULATEL Declaration, the meeting recognised the
importance of guaranteeing the independence of regulatory agencies. The
Chairman of REGULATEL was invited to take the initiative to sponsor a
similar declaration during the course of the GSR.
The meeting ended with a
summary of the proceedings by the Chairman.