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Digital Transformation for Digital Economies @COVID-19 South-Asia

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The GSR-20 ​​Regional Regulatory Roundtable 
for Asia and the Pacific 


​​​​​The GSR-20 ​​Regional Regulatory Roundtable for Asia and the Pacific was​ held as a webdialogue on 30 July 2020 from 14:00 until 17h00 (Bangkok) under the theme of " D​​igital Transformation for Digital Economies @COVID-19 South-Asia".  ​The results from the discussions are available here​.

The webdialogue was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in partnership with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the GSM Association (GSMA), and aimed at engaging representatives of the National Regulatory Authorities and other stakeholders from South Asia to advance discussions on regulation for digital transformation in the post​-COVID-19 era.

Amidst an unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, digital technologies offer the only opportunity for governments, individuals and businesses to cope with social distancing, ensure business continuity, and prevent service interruptions.  This web dialogue aimed to help regulators, policymakers and industry to better understand the digital transformation that is taking place and tools to create a policy environment that enables their economies and societies to prosper in a world that is increasingly digital and data-driven.

The speakers highlighted digital strategies and innovative solutions adopted in response to connectivity challenges and needs of all kinds that have emerged amid the crisis. An open discussion with all participants explored the related challenges, opportunities and lessons learned in the form of an interactive discussion by eminent panellists and open discussion with participants.

The Meeting also provided a unique opportunity to discuss the GSR-20 consultation leading towards adoption of the GSR-20 Best Practice Guid​​elines, being an outcome document of the Global Symposium for Regulators, in particular​ the regional point of view that might be reflected in the 2020 edition of the Guidelines. (See BDT/DKH​​​/RME/DM/150).​​​​​

Please find the session slides here​.