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Global Symposium for Regulators, Armenia City, Colombia, 21-23 September 2011

Media Briefing Notes

  • The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) aims at fostering constructive exchange information among national regulatory authorities and is a unique forum to share regulatory best practices at the global level.

  • Since its launch in 2000, the GSR has brought together heads of national regulatory authorities from both developed and developing countries and has earned a reputation as the global annual venue for regulators to share their views and experiences. The meeting fosters an open dialogue between the worldwide community of regulators and key ICT stakeholders: the private sector, investors and consumers.

  • GSR-2011 in Armenia City, Colombia, brings the symposium for the first time to the Americas.

  • The theme of the event is “Smart Regulation for a Broadband World”. Participants in the 11th Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) and the 4th Global Industry Leaders’ Forum (GILF) will examine smart regulatory measures to achieve broadband for all, foster innovation, and address the complexities and challenges of the broadband ecosystem.

  • Presidential opening: The President of Colombia, H.E. Juan Manuel Santos will open GSR followed by a Presidential panel discussion on “Broadband for All and the Future of Telecoms/ICTs”.

  • Best Practice Guidelines will be agreed by regulators and policy makers attending GSR at Armenia City to identify smart regulatory measures, strategies and plans to ensure that all citizens can benefit from the new applications, services and business opportunities in a broadband world. Each GSR concludes with the adoption of a set of best practice guidelines which are developed through a consultation process led by the GSR Chairman.

  • The 11th GSR is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies and the Communications Regulatory Commission of Colombia (CRC).

  • The GSR Chairman will be Mr Cristhian Lizcano Ortíz, Executive Director of CRC.

  • The GSR Chairman will be given an “ambassadorial” role to promote the visibility of the Best Practice Guidelines at future events.

  • The first day of the GSR, 21 September, is open to regulators, policy makers, ITU Member States and Sector Members, invited guests and delegates registered for the GILF. 22 and 23 September are reserved exclusively for regulators and policy makers.

  • The 11th GSR will address the complexities of the broadband ecosystem, and explore:

    1. m-banking services and the role of regulators

    2. wireless broadband spectrum pricing

    3. satellite regulation

    4. open access regulation; setting national broadband policies, strategies and plans

    5. financing universal access/service

    6. e-waste and recycling and the role of regulators

    7. protecting the rights, such intellectual property rights, of all stakeholders in a digital ecosystem

    8. regional initiatives to foster broadband connectivity

  • GSR discussion papers on these issues will be posted on the GSR-11 website in advance of the meeting and will be open for comments for a period of one month.

  • Papers will be published in the next edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform.

  • The GILF provides a neutral platform for ITU Sector Members to share their views on major regulatory issues facing the ICT sector.

  • The International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) will be presented and discussed during the GSR and GILF to sensitize regulators and sector members on their important role during the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT-12).

  • In order to foster a more dynamic and “open-dialogue”, the GILF will innovate and invite regulators and policy makers to join the industry panels. The open dialogue will begin during the GILF on 20 September and continue into the first day of the GSR on 21 September.

  • The GILF will include three plenary sessions focusing on:

    1. Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship

    2. How innovation and services will be driving future growth and taxation of ICTs

    3. Regulation in the world of social media.

  • To provide networking opportunities, an online networking tool will be set up for GSR-GILF participants to see who will be at the event and connect with one another before, during and after the event. A “networking zone” will be set up during the event to provide participants with more space to meet in person and extend networking opportunities.



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