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Facilitation Meeting: WSIS Action Line C6 
19 May 2009, 11:00 - 12:30
ITU Headquarters, Room B1

A fundamental role of ITU, strengthen by the World Summit on the Information Society (SIS) is to promote the creation of an enabling environment for the development of ICTs and for extending their benefits to all. Enacting an appropriate regulatory framework and establishing competition and investment incentives is essential with this regard. This will be the first meeting that ITU organizes in its role of lead facilitator on WSIS AL C6 after officially taking over the facilitation on this action line from UNDP in May 2008.

Countries around the world put forward efforts to create an enabling environment for investment and for ICT development. They are shaping policies based on the premise that providing access to basic and advanced telecommunications/ICT services have a wide-ranging socio-economic rationale. In terms of reaping the benefits of ICTs, further discussion is needed on what the success factors of a competitive and inclusive market are and what the best mechanisms to spur competition and growth in the sector are, how to bring fresh investment in developing countries, and what is good regulation in the current circumstances of economic downturn.

Call for contributions

In an effort to provide a forum for an open and constructive dialogue on the implementation of this action line, ITU convenes this meeting involving regulators, policy-makers, industry and civil society to exchange experiences and best practices in creating an enabling environment and building regulatory capacity in developing countries. The meeting will be driven by stakeholders’ contributions. As the lead facilitator, ITU will capitalize on this opportunity to capture the positives synergies among stakeholders and build on the momentum of the multiple initiatives in WSIS implementation.

ITU is launching a call for contributions to the forthcoming WSIS C6 facilitation meeting.

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Please identify issues that are related to the creation of the enabling environment in your country or formulate concrete questions to be addressed by both the panelists and the participants during the meeting.

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Should you have a valuable experience to share as part of the implementation of WSIS AL C6, please prepare a contribution to the meeting. This could be an innovative policy or a forward-looking regulatory framework, a major new initiative or smaller scale project, an incisive report or a project to overcome barriers that persist. Your contribution will be used to feed the discussion during this facilitation meeting.

We invite original contributions to the meeting to be sent to bdt-rme@itu.int by May 10th 2009 at the latest. All contributions will be posted on the following dedicated web portal: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/treg/wsis/c6/index.html

To follow the meeting through the web-cast, please click here!

 

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