Agenda Item 1 - Chairman's Introductory Remarks
1. Before opening the meeting, the Chairman recognized
the delegate from Japan, who took the floor to announce that Japan
had finalized all necessary arrangements and would soon sign the
GMPCS-MoU. He then recognized the delegate of the European Commission,
who announced that the EC had been given a mandate to negotiate
on behalf of the members of the European Union and would soon
sign the MoU.
2. In his introductory remarks, the Chairman apologized
for the delay in convening the second meeting of signatories and
intended signatories, which originally had been scheduled for
16 & 17 June. In addition, he reported that
the core group which had been envisaged at the first meeting had
not been convened for practical reasons. Instead, the Chairman
and ViceChairmen had worked through electronic means of
communication to produce the revised arrangements contained in
Working Document 1. Informal consultations were also carried
out. The Chairman also thanked the BDT for having organized a
series of regional workshops on GMPCS which were playing a crucial
role in raising awareness of GMPCS and in identifying implementation
requirements in specific local environments.
Agenda Item 2 - Remarks by the Deputy Secretary-General
3. The Chairman then invited the Deputy Secretary-General
to address the meeting. In his remarks, the Deputy Secretary-General
reported on the results of the 1997 ITU Council session which
had authorized the ITU Secretariat to continue to provide support
to GMPCSMoU activities on the basis of full cost recovery,
and which had resolved that the funds remaining in the first WTPF
voluntary contribution account should be used to support policy
forum-related activities for the next year.
Agenda Item 3 - Approval of the Agenda
4. Following the Deputy Secretary-General's remarks,
the draft agenda was approved with the addition under point 7
of "Contribution 7 - Canada" and the deletion of "Contribution
5 - UK (Radiocommunications Agency - RA).
Agenda Item 4 - Report of the Previous Meeting
5. The Secretary of the Meeting announced that the
draft Chairman's Report of the previous meeting had been finalized
on the basis of comments received in response to Circular Letter
No. 47. The report was approved on this basis.
Agenda Item 5 - Report on the Second Meeting
of the Opinion 5 Group of Experts
6. The Chairman of the Opinion 5 Group of Experts
reported that the group had approved a final checklist of factors
which developing countries may wish to take into account when
introducing GMPCS services. At its next meeting, the group will
consider the results of the series of regional GMPCS being organized
by the BDT which, as reported by the Chairman, had so far proved
Agenda Item 6 - Introduction of Working Document
7. In presenting Working Document 1, the Chairman
explained that it had been developed by the Chairman and the Vice-Chairmen,
in informal consultations with other interested parties. He proposed
that it should serve as the basic working document for the meeting,
and be enriched on the basis of the written contributions that
had been submitted by participants.
8. In order to have a manageable, productive discussion,
the Chairman proposed that Working Document 1 be divided into
the following 4 parts:
8.1 Part I, which would include the Preamble, Scope,
Definitions and Mutual Understandings sections;
8.2 Part II, which would include the Mutual Undertakings
on Type Approval and Marking;
8.3 Part III, which would include the Mutual Undertakings
on Licensing and on Access to Traffic Data, as well as the Recommendations
to customs authorities;
8.4 Part IV, which would include the Notification
and Implementation Procedures.
9. This method of proceeding was agreed.
Agenda Item 7 - Introduction of Contributions
10. The following contributions were then introduced:
10.1 Contribution 1 - Trinidad & Tobago
10.2 Contribution 2 - Korea (Ministry of Information
10.3 Contribution 3 - Vice-Chairman (Project Team
10.4 Contribution 4 - USA (Federal Communications
10.5 Contribution 5 - CEPT and the European Community
10.6 Contribution 7 - Canada
11. Following the introduction of contributions,
the Chairman proposed the following order of business:
11.1 first, Part I of Working Document 1 would
be dealt with in Plenary;
11.2 second, Part III of Working Document
1 would be dealt with in Plenary;
11.3 third, a small working group would be
established to revise Part II of Working Document 1 for consideration
11.4 fourth, Part IV of Working Document 1
would be dealt with in Plenary.
12. This order of business was agreed.
Agenda Item 8 - Consideration and Approval
of the First Set of Specific Arrangements
13. The meeting then considered and approved in marked-up
form initial arrangements for implementing the GMPCS-MoU, on the
basis of Working Document 1 as well as Working Documents 4A and
4B which were produced to reflect discussions during the meeting.
14. In order to expedite matters, Canada proposed
that the Chairman, with the assistance of the Secretariat, take
responsibility for producing a clean version of the arrangements
and circulating it to participants with an invitation to correct
any editorial errors that might have occurred. This proposal
was seconded by the United States and the United Kingdom and agreed
by the meeting.
15. The representative of ICO then proposed that
the Chairman should take advantage of this consultative procedure
to invite comment on the question of what would constitute a suitable
GMPCS mark. This proposal was seconded by the representatives
of Motorola, Iridium and the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation,
and agreed by the meeting.
Agenda Item 9 - Council Resolution 1110 (Working
Document 2) and Organization of Future
16. The Chairman then reverted to the subject of
ITU Council Resolution 1110 which had been discussed by the Deputy
Secretary-General in his introductory remarks.
17. The Chairman recalled that the Deputy Secretary-General
had stressed that future financial contributions to support work
on the GMPCS-MoU would be voluntary, and regretted that this had
not been explicitly recognized in the Council Resolution, even
though the intention was certainly clear.
18. The Chairman then invited comments from participants
on the role of the ITU Secretariat in supporting work on the GMPCS-MoU,
particularly in light of Council's decision that such work should
be undertaken on the basis of full cost recovery. On the basis
of the discussion that followed, he concluded that a meeting should
be convened as soon as was practicable to consider a proposal
from the Secretariat which, among other things, would include
18.1. implementing the Secretary-General's Role as
Depository of the MoU, including
18.2. organizing this work within the Secretariat;
18.3. a fee schedule based on full cost recovery;
18.4. an accounting, reporting and charging mechanism.
19. In response to this proposal, the meeting agreed
that a GMPCS-MoU Signatories Meeting, to which potential signatories
should also be invited, would be held on 6 & 7 October 1997
to consider the Secretariat's proposal.
20. There was also agreement with the Chairman's
proposal that a review meeting should be held in about one year's
time to consider progress made in implementing GMPCS and the arrangements
developed under the GMPCS-MoU, in order to assist in the preparation
of a report to the 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, as required
by Kyoto Res. 2.
Agenda Item 10 - Any Other Business
21. A number of delegations took the floor to express their appreciation for the work done by the Chairman, the Vice-Chairmen and the ITU Secretariat, which had made it possible to meet the objective established by the first Policy Forum of completing initial arrangements for implementing the GMPCS-MoU by July 1997.