Each country's national ICT regulatory environment is one of the critical platforms underpinning national development efforts. Get it right, and the regulatory framework can drive private investment at a healthy clip, putting affordable communications and IT products within easy reach of eager consumers. Get it wrong, and the result is often a vicious circle of stymied competition, higher prices, lack of service, marginalized communities and steadily degraded network performance.
TThat's why so much ITU-D activity is geared at promoting regulatory best practice and - where necessary - reform, through broad-based activities ranging from global seminars to promote information exchange, to regulatory toolkits, in-depth analytical reports and comprehensive online access to critical regulatory and market data about each ITU Member State.
ITU-D's annual Global Symposium for Regulators, established in 2000 to promote information exchange among regulatory professionals, has become the industry's flagship regulatory event, attracting over 500 senior representatives from the world's national regulatory bodies as well as private companies. This year's event, to be held in Beirut, Lebanon in November, will focus on stimulating grown through effective ICT regulation.
ITU-D also offers a comprehensive portfolio of indispensable regulatory resources, including the COSITU costing toolkit; the online ICT Regulation Toolkit jointly developed by ITU and infoDev; an up-to-date set of best-practice guidelines; and special training packages aimed at regulatory authorities.