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GSR-20 Regional Regulatory Roundtable Discussion for Europe and CIS


GSR-20 Regional Regulatory Roundtable Discussion for Europe and CIS: The Regulatory Wheel of Change

The GSR-20 Regional Regulatory Roundtable Discussion for Europe and CIS: The Regulatory Wheel of Change: Regulation for Digital Transformation, was held on 7 July 2020 from 10.00 to 11.30 CEST

This webinar was organized within the framework of GSR-20, and aimed at engaging representatives of the National Regulatory Authorities from Europe and CIS countries, as well as other stakeholders to advance discussions on regulation for digital transformation in the post​-COVID-19 era.

Special focus was dedicated to the role of NRAs in shaping an enabling environment for the development of resilient and secure digital connectivity for all. The COVID-19 crisis has emphasised, as perhaps nothing else could have, the vital importance of connectivity and of extending affordable access to as many people as possible, as fast as we can. Discussion, amongst many other topics were touched upon collaborative regulation, spectrum management, digital safety, as well as inclusiveness.

The Meeting also provided a unique opportunity for presenting the process leading towards the elaboration of the GSR Best Practice Guidelines, being an outcome document of the Global Symposium for Regulators. During the meeting, emphasis was given to some items that from the regional point of view might be reflected in the 2020 edition of the Guidelines. (See BDT/DKH/RME/DM/150).

The Meeting was held in English and Russian and also benefited from captioning services. In case of any queries, please do not hesitate to contact .

Moderation: Mr Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the Office for Europe, ITU

Opening Remarks
Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Message of the Chair of GSR-2020
Mr Dan Sjöblom, Director General of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and Chair of BEREC

Executive Highlights of GSR-2020 and Best Practice Guidelines
Ms Sofie Maddens, Head of the Regulatory and Market Environment, ITU-BDT

Key Regional Trends by Regional Organizations
Mr Jeremy Godrey, Vice Chair, BEREC
H.E. Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Communications, and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan​ and Vice Chair, EaPeReg
Ms Naama H​​enig, Chair of the International Roaming EWG, EMERG

National Regulatory Approaches Fostering Post COVID-19 Digital Transformation
Moderation: Ms Natalia Mochu, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for CIS

H.E. Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Vice Chair, EaPeReg, Chairman of RCC High-level Working group on Information Society Development
Mr. Aleksandar Mastilovic, Director of Telecommunications at Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Mr. Azamat Dyikanbaev, Director, State Communications Agency of the Kyrgyz Republic
Mr. João António Cadete de Matos, Chair of the Board of Directors, Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), Portugal
Mr. Vladica Tintor, Director, Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL), Serbia

Conclusion and Way Forward
Mr Jaroslaw Ponder, Head of the Office for Europe, ITU