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40th Session of the Board of the RCC Communications Administrations Heads
 Brdo, Slovenia  21 May 2009 
Mr. Chairman
Excellencies
Ladies and Gentlemen

As Mr. Minkin has reported, WTSA produced an impressive set of results during its 10 days.

It was a truly record breaking event with the highest participation and largest output ever.

The results of WTSA put us in excellent shape to tackle the challenges ahead of us.

The facilities and hosting by the South African government were exemplary.

We invited academia for the first time, held three very well attended side events on cybersecurity, accessibility, and ICTs and climate change, and had an excellent demonstration of technology including 3D TV.

The day before WTSA, the first-ever Global Standards Symposium brought together government Ministers, ambassadors, senior executives from the private sector, and heads of major standards bodies, and concluded with broad agreement on the need to streamline standards work, address the standards gap, and climate change.

WTSA took this output into account and Resolution 68 tasked me with establishing a high-level industry group. This group will meet for the first time on 6 October 2009 in Geneva during Telecom World.

We have developed an Action Plan to implement all the 47 Resolutions adopted by WTSA.

We have made significant progress in some important areas and I will be reporting to Council on some of these activities, for example:

Regarding Resolution 64 encouraging the deployment of IPv6, we have issued a Questionnaire seeking the memberships views on problems encountered. I would be very grateful for replies from RCC countries which will assist me in preparing the report to Council on this issue. We have already launched the new web site on IPv6 that was called for by WTSA.

For Resolution 76 – on conformance and interoperability testing and possible future ITU Mark, all Study Groups have been reminded to identify as soon as possible existing and future ITU-T Recommendations that would be candidates for conformity and interoperability tests. We are currently in the process of compiling the report to Council on this issue.

To assist us with this we are preparing for an event to identify the concerns and priorities for interoperability. We hope this might be hosted by ZNIIS in Moscow in July.

Regarding Resolution 69 - Non-discriminatory access and use of Internet resources: a webpage has been developed to take incident reports and make an analysis and a report is being prepared for Council.

Following my report on the outcome of WTSA to Council last year a Dedicated Group on international Internet-related public policy issues has been established as requested by Resolution 75.

The success of WTSA was largely due to the regional preparations including the very sucessful RCC preparations and the associated ITU Regional Development Forum for the CIS countries held in Tashkent last year thanks to the kind invitation of the Uzbekistan government and the support of the RCC, for which we are very grateful.

I would like to express my gratitude to the RCC countries for their contribution to WTSA-08, and I am very pleased to see that RCC is already looking forward to WTSA-12 and the associated World Conference on International Telecommunications. The next WTSA and WCIT will come about very quickly… so it is good to start preparations now .

With your support, I look forward to collaborating closely with the RCC in your preparations for these important conferences.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.

 

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