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ITU-MCMC Asia Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  24 August 2015

ITU-MCMC Asia Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable

24-25 Aug 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

OPENING ADDRESS

By

Brahima Sanou

Director

Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Honourable Dr. Halim Shafie, Chairman, Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission;
Honourable Chairmen, Board Members, Heads of Regulatory Authorities and Senior Policy Makers from the Asia-Pacific Region;
Distinguished Delegates;
Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good afternoon!
It is a great pleasure to be with you here in Kuala Lumpur today at the Asia-Pacific Regulator’s Roundtable jointly organized by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with the great support of the Department of Communications, Government of Australia.

On behalf of ITU, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Halim Shafie, Chairman, MCMC for hosting this very important Roundtable and for the kind hospitality extended to us since our arrival.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We gathered here today because we truly believe that for digital opportunities to fully materialize, it requires, now more than ever, innovative approaches to policy and regulation.

We are seeing new phenomena such as big data, smart cities, mobile banking, open data, and more importantly the emergence of new players without any regulatory or infrastructure legacy, the displacement of revenues, and changes in business models, just to name a few.

With the convergence of infrastructure, services and service providers, traditional platforms for communication are giving way to far more efficient ones.

I have just come from the Asia- Pacific Regional Development Forum 2015 that was held in Bangkok, Thailand last week where I reaffirm that Regional Initiatives remain my first priority and main focus because it is through their implementation that we can make a difference in the lives of the people on the ground.

In Bangkok, the need for continuing dialogue and experience sharing among ICT policy-makers and regulators was reconfirmed as a high priority for this region as stated in the Regional Initiative No 5 of Asia Pacific Region.
My presence here today is to tell that I value and support regional events at the same level than global events.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The theme of this Regulators’ Roundtable “Facing the Telecommunication/ICT Regulatory Challenges in the Digital Economy” is very timely as the ICT sector has become a horizontal driver of other sectors whereas its regulation is still ICT vertical. Big Challenge.

ITU and MCMC are also co-organizing the Asia-Pacific Regional Telecommunication/ICT and Financial Regulators Forum on Digital Financial Inclusion which will be held immediately after this Roundtable. The objective of this Forum is to support financial and telecommunication regulators understand the current state of digital financial services and to discuss possible regulatory approaches to best fit the market context.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Before I close, let me share with you that we co-organize with IDA Singapore a very successful ICT Regulators’ Leadership Retreat in March 2015. GSR-15 was held in Gabon in June. Egypt has offered to host GSR-16 and Bahamas has offered to host GSR-17.

Let me therefore take this opportunity to welcome you in advance to these events as I look forward to seeing you again.

Once again I welcome you all and I wish you a successful Roundtable! 

I Thank you.