Development Forum for
the Americas Region closed 20 May 2008, in Brasilia, Brazil.
The Forum, was jointly organized by ITU-T and ITU-D, in
cooperation with Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and hosted by ANATEL, Brazil.
200 participants attended, from 17 countries in North, Central and South
America as well as the Caribbean.
At the opening ceremony, the chairman, H.E. Ambassador
Ronaldo Sardenberg, President of Anatel, Brazil,
confirmed the Anatel’s interest in increasing its cooperation
with ITU and other regulatory agencies . He stressed the
importance of the Forum in terms of preparing for WTSA-08 and discussing the
“standardization gap”. He pointed out that the capacity to participate in the
standardization process is of fundamental importance to decrease this
standardization gap between developed and developing countries.
speech Mr. Clovis Baptista, Executive Secretary of CITEL underlined the great
impact that the information society has on society. The information society
responds to society’s needs and helps people build on progress, he said.
Baptista also reported an increase in the number of available services within
the Americas region. A universal and suitable infrastructure is one of the
objectives necessary to accelerate the process of American integration he said.
ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Malcolm Johnson, thanked
the Ambassador for hosting the event and the cooperation of CITEL.
He expressed his appreciation to countries in the Americas
for their active support of ITU’s activities, especially its standardization
work. He highlighted the importance of standards for international
communications and global trade. Globalisation requires global standards, and a
global standards body like ITU clearly has an increasing role to play, he said.
In his speech, Johnson also raised the serious problem of cost of
participation, especially in meetings in Geneva, as well as the cost of
membership, particularly for small start-up companies in developing countries.
He said that there had been attempts to overcome these difficulties, and that
the issues would be hot topics at the upcoming World Telecommunication
Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08). Johnson
said that he had long encouraged members to host meetings in the regions, and
had recently established a fund to assist hosts with the cost of doing so, as
well as for providing fellowships to attend the meetings. He also mentioned the
invitation to hold an NGN Global Standards Initiative (GSI) meeting in
the Americas region in September 2009. Moreover, he added that ITU-T has also
been trialling new collaboration tools which will allow remote participation in