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 WTSA-08 Global Standards Symposium (Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 October 2008)
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Global Standards Symposium Global Standards Symposium:
Bridging the Standardization Gap
ITU
Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 October 2008
Emperors Palace Convention Centre (http://www.emperorspalace.com/convention/)

Organized by the
Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T)
and hosted by the
Department of Communications (DoC) South Africa

20 October 2008 
0930 – 1010 Session 1: Welcome and Opening Addresses

Objectives:
The Global Standards Symposium (GSS) was adopted by the ITU Plenipotentiary (by Resolution 122, Antalya 2006) as a one-day round table and coordination meeting, to serve as a forum for high-level policy discussion and to provide its conclusions to the WTSA.
  • Welcome:
    H.E. Dr Ivy MATSEPE-CASABURRI, Minister of Communications, South Africa
    [ SPEECH ]
    Dr Hamadoun I. TOURE, Secretary-General, ITU
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH ]
  • Keynote speech: Mr Malcolm JOHNSON, Director, ITU-T
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH ]
  • Opening remarks by Symposium Chair: H.E. Mr Nguyen THANH HUNG, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Information and Communications, Viet Nam
    [ BIOGRAPHY | SPEECH ]
1010 – 1030 Coffee break
1030 – 1215 Session 2: Bridging the standardization gap

Session Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Ronaldo SARDENBERG, President of ANATEL, Brazil [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Objectives:
The standardization development gap relates to disparities in the ability of developing countries, relative to developed ones, to access, implement, contribute to and influence international ICT standards, specifically ITU Recommendations. The standardization development gap is itself both a cause and a manifestation of the wider digital divide between information haves and have nots. This session, the culmination of five regional development forums held during 2008 in Accra, Brasilia, Damascus, Hanoi and Tashkent, will examine creative solutions to bridging the gap. It will include a report on the OECD Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy, which committed to promoting ubiquitous Internet access.
  • Mr Asadjon KHODJAEV, Deputy Director-General of Communications and Information Agency of Uzbekistan
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Mr Matthias KURTH, President, Federal Network Agency, Germany
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr Patrick MASAMBU, Chief Executive, Uganda Communications Commission
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • H.E. Ambassador David GROSS, Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, USA, Presentation of results of the OECD Ministerial Conference on the Future of the Internet Economy (Seoul, 17-18 June)
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Presentation of case studies of countries succeeding in bridging the standardization gap
    • Dr Mun-Kee CHOI, President, ETRI, Republic of Korea
      [ PRESENTATION ]
    • Mr Boaxin Zhou, Secretary General, China Communications Standards Association
      [ PRESENTATION ]
    • Dr Sebiletso MOKONE MATABANE, CEO, Sentech (South Africa)
      [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
1215 – 1345 Lunch
1345 – 1520 Session 3: Global Standards Challenges

Moderator: H.E Dr Benjamin AGGREY NTIM, Minister of Communications, Ghana [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Objectives:
This session looks at future challenges for the standards-making community and the role of ITU-T in the global standardization landscape. The presentations could also deal with issues such as climate change and digital inclusion through accessibility. Speakers in this session include chief technology officers (CTOs)

Short presentations from the speakers will be followed by a panel discussion.

1520 – 1540 Coffee break
1540 – 1720 Session 4: Global Standards Collaboration Roundtable

Moderator:  Mr Gary FISHMAN, Chairman, ITU-T Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), Alcatel-Lucent
[ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]

Objectives:
The business of standards-making is become increasingly complex and costly, and ITU-T must form partnerships and work in collaboration with many other standards development organisations, as well as its own membership. In this session, which takes the form of a roundtable discussion, senior figures from the standards-making community will debate the issues of the day and demonstrate how their organisation is contributing to bridging the standardization gap.

Panellists
  • Mr Alan BRYDEN, Secretary-General, International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Mr Akossi AKOSSI, Secretary-General, African Telecommunication Union (ATU)
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Dr Yuji INOUE, President and CEO, Telecommunication Technology Committee (TTC), Japan
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Dr Bilel JAMOUSSI, Board of Governors, IEEE-Standards Association
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Dr Walter WEIGEL, Director-General, European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI)
    [ BIOGRAPHY | | PRESENTATION ]
  • Ms Leslie DAIGLE, CTO, Internet Society
    [ BIOGRAPHY ]
  • Mr Enno LIESS, Vice-President, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
  • Dr Reinhard SCHOLL, Deputy-Director, ITU-T
    [ BIOGRAPHY | PRESENTATION ]
1720 – 1800 Session 5: Approval of GSS report and closing

Symposium chairman: H.E. Mr Nguyen THANH HUNG, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Information and Communications Viet Nam   [ BIOGRAPHY ]

Objectives:
The objective of the final session is to approve the conclusions of the GSS. The report on conclusions, which will be prepared by the GSS steering committee, will be presented to WTSA-08 for appropriate action.
1830 – 2030 RECEPTION hosted by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan,
Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace


 

 

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