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Priorities of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector

Within its overall mission, the priorities of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector for 2004-2007, in addition to those that may be identified by future conferences, are indicated below. Each priority is linked to the specific relevant goal enumerated in Part I, section 3.3 above:

  • To offer an organization that is attractive to industry entities as a place to do their standards development work (Goals 2, 3 and 5).

  • To create an environment in which interested parties can work effectively and efficiently together in partnership (Goals 1, 3 and 5).

  • To develop and execute a proactive plan, in collaboration with the secretariat, in order to promote the value of ITU-T in the face of competition from other standards bodies and continue to enhance efforts in this regard (Goal 3).

  • To stimulate active participation of existing membership and attract new participants by convincing them of the benefits of working in, or with, ITU-T, stressing its global recognition and credibility and the high quality of its recommendations, as well as its willingness to change (Goals 3, 5 and 6).

  • To identify areas where recommendations should be developed for the information society (Goals 2 and 4).

  • To develop high-quality, global, consensus-based recommendations in its core competency areas efficiently, on a market-driven and timely basis (Goals 1, 2, 4 and 5).

  • To facilitate the interoperability of networks and services (Goals 2 and 4).

  • To be able to develop recommendations that may have regulatory or policy implications (Goals 1, 2, 4 and 6).

  • To give appropriate consideration to the particular needs of developing countries (Goal 6).

  • To utilize a bottom-up (rather than top-down) mode of operation and production of (Goals 4 and 5).

  • To utilize clear and transparent working methods and processes, to encourage transparency, inclusiveness, and representation of a broad range of participants and views, particularly incorporating a gender and youth perspective (Goals 1, 4 and 5).

  • To be flexible and constantly look for ways to improve (Goal 5).

  • To define and establish formal relationships with the broadest practicable range of relevant bodies. In this regard, ITU-T should:

    • foster awareness within ITU-T of the work done by other bodies (such as standards development organizations, forums and consortia) (Goal 1);

    • coordinate and cooperate with such groups in order to reduce duplication, avoid inconsistencies, and ensure that ITU-T work creates added value (Goals 1, 2, 4 and 5);

    • continue to participate in appropriate coordinating bodies (Goals 1 and 5).

  • To be flexible in responding to market demands (Goals 2, 4, 5 and 6).

  • To coordinate and cooperate with the Radiocommunication (ITU-R) and Telecommunication Development (ITU-D) Sectors and with the General Secretariat (Goal 5).

  • To work with ITU-D, with special attention to telecommunication development in developing countries, including supporting ITU-D's efforts to improve access to the information society in developing countries, and developing handbooks as appropriate (Goals 5 and 6).

  • To develop and strengthen the linkage between financial, strategic, and operational planning (Goal 5).

  • To monitor, through the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), the performance of the Sector against identified milestones and to propose adjustments to the strategic plan, as needed (Goal 5).



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