The Global Capacity-Building Initiative (GCBI) is a joint initiative by ITU, infoDev and the World
Bank to build the capacity of policy-makers and regulators from developing countries to address the challenges of an
enabling regulatory environment. The initiative aims to create a client-oriented framework facilitating the development
and transfer of knowledge for regulatory reform. The first training event of the GCBI was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,
from 6 to 9 November 2007. The programme will now be extended to partner with universities and training institutes to offer training on key regulatory principles and develop regulatory expertise in developing countries.
ITU continues to work with external partners to help build ICT capacity across all regions, through efforts such as the
ITU Centres of Excellence (CoE) and the Internet Training Centres Initiative (ICTI). Over the course of 2007, the CoE
conducted 89 workshops and trained 2 557 managers in the telecommunications/ ICT sector. The ICTI programme trained 592
students and 40 trainers, while training continued through other partner organizations. In 2007, five Nodes under the
Asia Pacific Centre of Excellence Network were established dealing with the themes of spectrum management, policy &
regulation, rural ICT development, technology awareness and business management.