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Implementation of WSIS Action Line C6,
the Enabling Environment

Facilitation Meeting: WSIS Action Line C6
19 May 2009, 11:00 - 12:30
ITU Headquarters, Room B1

  - Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director, BDT, ITU (Opening remarks)
  - Charles Geiger, Special Adviser to the Commission on Science & Technology for Development
    at UNCTAD and former Executive Director of WSIS (Welcome address)

  • Panelists

  - Mr. Ndiaye Diouf, Chef de la division Partenariats, Agence de Régulation des
    Télécommunications et des Postes, Senegal
  - Mr. Thomas Osburg, Director, Intel, Europe
  - Ms. Caroline Figuères, Managing Director, Institute for International Communication and
    Development (IICD), The Netherlands 
 -  Mr. Sandro Bazanella, Project Manager, ITU-EC Project-Harmonized Policies for ICT in
    ACP countries (Sub-Saharan Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Islands)  
  - Mr. Zakaria Hassan, Chairman, Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA)
    (wasn't able to attend)

A fundamental role of ITU, strengthen by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is to promote the creation of an enabling environment for the development of ICTs and for extending their benefits to all. Enacting an appropriate regulatory framework and establishing competition and investment incentives is essential with this regard. This was be the first meeting that ITU organizes in its role of lead facilitator on WSIS AL C6 after officially taking over the facilitation on this action line from UNDP in May 2008.

Countries around the world put forward efforts to create an enabling environment for investment and for ICT development. They are shaping policies based on the premise that providing access to basic and advanced telecommunications/ICT services have a wide-ranging socio-economic rationale. In terms of reaping the benefits of ICTs, further discussion is needed on what the success factors of a competitive and inclusive market are and what the best mechanisms to spur competition and growth in the sector are, how to bring fresh investment in developing countries, and what is good regulation in the current circumstances of economic downturn.

  Open call for stakeholder contributions - ongoing
          "Creating an enabling environment for the ICT sector"


In an effort to provide a forum for an open and constructive dialogue on the implementation of this action line, ITU invites regulators, policy-makers, industry and civil society to exchange experiences and best practices in creating an enabling environment and building regulatory capacity in developing countries. The stakeholders’ contributions received will be used as background materials for related upcoming ITU events and for identifying key priority areas to address in ITU's ongoing work in regulatory reform. In addition, as the lead facilitator on WSIS Action Line C6, ITU will continue to showcase successful experiences and look for positives synergies among stakeholders in implementing the WSIS goals.

ITU opens a call for contributions related to the creation of an enabling environment for the ICT sector, in implementation of WSIS Action Line C6.

  • Should you have a valuable experience to share as part of the implementation of WSIS AL C6, please prepare a contribution (a summary report, an overview, a presentation, etc.). This could be an innovative policy or a forward-looking regulatory framework, a major new initiative or smaller scale project, an incisive report or a project to overcome barriers that persist. 

    We invite original contributions to be sent to
    All contributions will be posted online.

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