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ICT Regulators review role in the networked society

Asia-Pacific Regulators meet in Sydney, Australia

Geneva, 22 July 2014 – Regulators from more than 20 countries of the Asia-Pacific region met from 21 to 22 July in Sydney, Australia, to exchange experiences and discuss potential areas of collaboration to embrace  the networked society. Under the theme “Beyond Convergence – the Networked Society”, the Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Round Table is co-organized by ITU and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), with support from the Department of Communications of the Government of Australia.

ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré called for close collaboration amongst regulators and ‘smart’ partnerships across sectors at the international, regional and national levels. “In an ICT embedded society, the efficiency, productivity and security of citizens necessitate cross-sectoral collaboration mechanisms to reap the full benefits of ICTs in areas such as health, education, agriculture, electricity, and transport,” Dr Touré said.

“Continued growth in participation reflects the benefits we are gaining from the exchange of views and information,” said Mr Chris Chapman, Chairman of ACMA. “The creation of the Asia-Pacific Regulator’s Round Table is a particular accomplishment of ITU in the region, particularly with the excellent innovation of rotating the Forum and the associated ITU / ACMA International Training Programme (ITP) throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

This high-level Regulators’ Round Table, organized by ITU since 2011, provides a unique opportunity for strategic discussions on emerging regulatory issues and challenges faced in the rapidly evolving and converging ICT sector.

The Regulators’ meeting is followed by a three-day ACMA-ITU International Training Programme titled “Convergent Regulation through First Principles Thinking”. The training focuses on the policy and regulatory issues of the era beyond convergence of telecommunications, information technology and broadcasting. Around 60 participants from more than 25 countries are expected to attend the training programme.                                                                            

For more information, please see www.itu.int/ITU-D/asp/CMS/Events/2013/RR-ITP-2013/index.asp or contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
tel +41 22 730 5046
tel +41 79 249 4861
tel sanjay.acharya@itu.int
Sameer Sharma
Regional Director a.i.
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
tel +66 2 575 0055
tel sameer.sharma@itu.int
Emma Rossi
Media Manager, ACMA
tel +61 434 652 063
tel media@acma.gov.au 

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