One of the new measures adopted under Resolution 44 is the development of guidelines for developing countries to set up a national standardization secretariat with the objective of enhancing coordination of standardization activities at the national level and participation in ITU-T study groups.
Recognizing that areas of interest in ICT standardization continue to undergo evolution and change, and as they are addressed in multiple standardization bodies, coordination among a national government and its industry players becomes more and more important. Without a means to address these complex technical areas in a unified and coordinated way, national players from government and industry may find their effectiveness and influence diminished through uncoordinated and conflicting positions in key international standardization bodies such as the study groups of ITU-T. It is therefore in the interest of a developing country to provide national-level perspectives, coordination and actions for the benefit of both its public and private sectors. One way to achieve these goals is to establish a national-level standardization secretariat.
The main target audience for the guidelines are developing countries where there is minimal structure and processes in place to coordinate ICT standardization activities at national level and effective participation in ITU-T study groups.
Candidate countries interested in obtaining technical assistance from ITU to establish a national standardization secretariat, are invited to contact