The Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for the Arab States (RPM-ARB) took place in
Alsalam Rotana Hotel
from 30 January 2017 to 1 February 2017,
preceded by the Regional Development Forum for the Arab States
(RDF-ARB) on 29 January 2017. Both events were organized at the kind invitation of the National Telecommunications Corporation (NTC) of Sudan.
In line with Resolution 31 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010), the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) aims at engaging the membership in the preparations of the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) in order to achieve regional coordination before the conference itself. It also seeks to identify issues at the regional level that need to be addressed to foster the development of telecommunications and ICTs, taking into account the most pressing needs faced by the Member States and Sector Members of the region.
Regional Development Forums provide an opportunity for high-level dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication and ICT policy-makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on specific regional telecommunication and ICT issues.
Preliminary drafts of the three key documents have already been prepared and discussed at the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG) and its Correspondence Group meetings in April 2015 and March 2016. These preliminary draft documents were then open for consultation and comments by ITU members until the end of June 2016.
On the basis of the comments received, editorial revisions were made to the preliminary draft Declaration. All three preliminary drafts will be submitted to the six RPMs for any further input. These documents can be found at:
Outcomes of RPMs will be consolidated at the inter-regional coordination meeting and discussed at TDAG 2017 in May. The outcomes of TDAG will be submitted to WTDC-17 as draft documents for consideration.