Further to my Circular-letters Nos. 56 of 9 September 1997 and DM-1094 of
14 October 1997 concerning the Second World Telecommunication Policy Forum, I am
pleased to confirm that the meeting will take place at the Geneva International
Conference Centre (CICG) from 16 to 18 March 1998. It will be preceded by an
Information Session to be held on Sunday, 15 March 1998.
I therefore have pleasure in extending an invitation to all ITU members (Member States
and Sector Members), as well as to organizations admitted as observers to ITU conferences
and accredited media representatives, to attend the Forum. You will find attached some
practical information for participants.
I am taking this opportunity to enclose a second version of the report. A third version
will be circulated in mid-February 1998. As part of the preparations for the event, a
series of country case studies of the changing international telecommunication environment
has been commissioned. These studies will be made available to all participants and
presented at the Information Session on Sunday, 15 March.
Given the success of the First World Telecommunication Policy Forum, and in view of the
strategic importance of the theme "Trade in Telecommunications", we are
expecting a large audience. I would therefore urge you to complete the attached
registration form and transmit it to us at your earliest convenience.
I should like to reiterate my appeal to the Union's membership, as well as to all other
interested parties, to make voluntary contributions towards covering the costs of this
Forum, including the special Information Session, and assisting representatives from the
LDCs to take part in the event.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any further information you may require. I
look forward to welcoming you at the Forum.
Practical information for participants
SECOND WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION POLICY FORUM (WTPF)
16 to 18 March 1998
The Conference will take place at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG)
from 16 to 18 March 1998.
Working hours will be 0900 to 1200 and 1400 to 1700.
Interpretation will be provided in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and
Registration and attendance
You will find enclosed a registration form together with information on hotel
accommodation in Geneva. I should emphasize the importance of early registration in order
to help the Secretariat to plan for and prepare this event.
For their convenience and in order to avoid queues, it is strongly recommended that
delegates register by mail, fax or e-mail in advance of the Forum. However, it will be
possible to register on-site during the event. ITU Member States and Sector Members
planning to attend are invited to designate their heads of delegation. A separate
registration form is required for each delegate attending the Forum. All the above
information can be faxed to +41 22 730 5881 or sent by e-mail to email@example.com.
Participation in the Forum is open to all ITU Member States and Sector Members. As
during the first WTPF, and in order to foster a spirit of openness and cooperation,
delegations will be seated in an alphabetical order which includes the names of both ITU
Member States and Sector Members. ITU Member States will be placed in the WTPF seating
plan in French alphabetical order. Sector Members who choose to register in their own
names will be placed in the seating plan according to the organization names that appear
in the latest version of the ITU Global Directory.
Organizations which have observer status at ITU conferences and meetings are welcome to
attend the Forum in that capacity, and are invited to register by means of the procedures
described above. They will be seated in French alphabetical order in a section set aside
For logistical reasons, reserved seating can be guaranteed only for delegates who have
registered prior to the event.
Attendance by the public
In Resolution 1083, the Council resolved that WTPF would be open to attendance, but not
direct participation, by the public, and instructed me to make documentation available to
the public against payment of an appropriate fee designed to recover the costs associated
with their attendance. This fee has been set at 200 Swiss francs.
In view of the success of the Information Session that was held in conjunction with the
first Policy Forum, we would propose to hold another such session on Sunday, 15 March
at 1100 hours. The purpose would be to present information on issues relating to the
theme of "Trade in Telecommunications", as well as additional general
information concerning the Forum, including the case studies. In a pamphlet that we intend
to issue in advance of the Forum, we shall indicate the venue for this session.
Participation in the session would be open to all Forum participants and attendees.
Since no provision was made for an information session in the Forum budget, I have
sought voluntary contributions from ITU Member States and Sector Members.