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STRATEGIC DIALOGUE ON ICTs: 21 APRIL 2009

21 April 2009

9:30 – 10:15 Welcoming Remarks:
  - Welcoming remarks by Portugal
  - Welcoming remarks by ITU
10:15 – 11:15 Session One: Is This Crisis Any Different?
This Session examines the origins of the global financial and economic crisis, as well as predictions for the future economic outlook. It considers differences and similarities with previous financial downturns, including the 1997 Asian currency crisis and the bursting of the dot.com bubble in 2001/2002. Have we all been here before? And, if past is prelude, are there any lessons from the dot.com crash that can help telecom/ICT companies confront this crisis?
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 Session Two: Impact on Investment & Financing in the Telecommunication/ICT Industry
This Session examines the impact of the financial crisis on investment and financing in the telecommunication and ICT industry. Will the financial crisis derail investment in advanced NGN networks, broadband Access and other ICTs with the potential to bridge the digital divide? Are investment plans being postponed and scaled back? Are new sources of finance (including South-South investment) emerging? Should governments become more involved in financing the sector or start offering incentives to help operators upgrade their networks? And should investment in broadband networks form an integral component of any government economic rescue plan or stimulus package?
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 15:45 Session Three: Telco Strategies
Telecom operators are already navigating convergence and industry transformation, while regulation, competition, technological change and bundled offers have resulted in sustained double-digit price declines over recent years. This Session examines how changing consumer demand is driving new business strategies. How are savvy operators responding? Should price regulation be eased, or do cash-strapped consumers require even more protection than ever? Faced with difficulties obtaining financing and uncertain consumer demand, how can telcos best navigate an uncertain future?
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30
Session Four: The Experience of Industry
This Session considers the impact of the financial crisis on promising wireless technologies and other ICTs with the potential to bridge the digital divide. Does the financial crisis threaten to derail investment in advanced NGN? Will it delay the roll-out of WiMAX and LTE? How can mobile operators adapt their business models? Should incentives be introduced to help operators upgrade their networks? And will high-value satellite projects with complex financing arrangements be affected? This Session listens to leading industry players in considering the outlook for different technologies.

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foruM: 22-24 april 2009

22 April 2009

9:30 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:00 Election of Chairman
10:05 Opening remarks from the Chairman
10:10 Presentation of the Organization of the work of the forum by the Chairman
10:15 Designation of the rapporteurs for the 4 Working Groups
10:20 Presentation of the outcomes of the Strategic Dialogue
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:15 Presentation of the Secretary-General‘s report by the ITU Secretariat
11:15 - 12:30 Presentation of comments by the Membership on the report of the Secretary-General
Possibility for Ministers, CEOs, Heads of International Organizations to speak (5 minutes max.)
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 17:20 Presentation of comments by the membership on the report of the Secretary-General (follow)
Possibility for Ministers, CEOs, Head of International Organizations to speak ( 5 minutes max.)
15:45 - 16:15: Coffee break
17:20 - 17:30 Statement from the Chair explaining how the time will be allocated for the discussions on the opinions

 

23 April 2009

9:30 - 10:45 Working Group of the Plenary 1
Discussions on opinions related to Convergence including Internet-related public policy matters
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30 Working Group of the Plenary 2
Discussions on opinions related to NGNs
14:30 - 15.45 Working Group of the Plenary 3
Discussions on opinions related to emerging telecommunication policy and regulatory issues
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30 Working Group of the Plenary 4
Discussions on opinions related to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs)

 

24 April 2009

9:30 - 10:45 Working Group of the Plenary 1
Discussions on opinions related to Convergence including Internet-related public policy matters
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30 Working Group of the Plenary 2
Discussions on opinions related to NGNs
14:30 - 15.45 Working Group of the Plenary 3
Discussions on opinions related to emerging telecommunication policy and regulatory issues
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:30 Working Group of the Plenary 4
Discussions on opinions related to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs)

Word format icon Word version of the draft programme of the Forum

 

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