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GSR15 Agenda Day 1


Tuesday 9 June 2015           

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Global Regulators - Industry Dialogue (GRID) sessions

08.00 – 09.00 

​Delegate registration

09.00 – 10.00 

Opening Ceremony

- Mr Lin Mombo, President of the Regulatory Board, Autorité de Régulation des Communications   Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), Gabon and GSR15 Chair
- Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU
- Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU 
- H.E. Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon
Coffee break
​10.15 – 12.00 

​Leadership Debate: Mind the Digital Gap. Funding an inclusive digital society – from infrastructure to data

  • This High level Debate will examine the various investments opportunities and funding challenges in deploying ICT networks, providing access and supporting the development of new services and applications to bolster access to knowledge in the digital world and reduce the digital gap. 
    • How to address the investment gap and sustain the development of the knowledge society? 
    • Setting favorable conditions for investment in ICTs to flourish, whose responsibility is it? Who are the investors today?
    • What are the new strategies for industry players?
    • Market consolidation from infrastructure to content
    • Financial inclusion: defining a gender inclusive approach to investment and funding in the digital world
    • What are the policy and regulatory requirements to secure funding in all layers? What can regulators do?
    • How can international cooperation facilitate investment and funding?
Interactive panel discussion 
Moderator: Mr Brahima Sanou, BDT Director, ITU

Speech​ by Mr Kemal Huseinović​, Chief, IEE Department, BDT/ITU
- Mr Lin Mombo, President of the Regulatory Board, ARCEP, Gabon and GSR-15 Chair 
- Mr Bocar Ba​, Chief Executive Officer, Samena Telecommunications Council
- Mr Christian de Faria, Chief Executive Officer and MD, Airtel Africa

 ​Lunch break
​14.00 – 15.30 

​Session 1 - Innovative investment strategies: what’s new?

This session will explore innovative investment strategies developed to support the deployment of broadband and access to the digital economy.

  • How to attract investment in all layers, and in particular infrastructure?
  • What are the financial innovations out there?
  • Community projects for infrastructure, crowd sourcing for applications and services
  • Learning from new strategies in PPPs and open access
  • What incentives can regulators take to facilitate infrastructure funding?

Presentation: Discussion paper on Innovative Investment StrategiesPresentation​, Mr Iqbal Singh Bedi, Principal, Analysys Mason

Interactive panel discussion 
Moderator: Mr Abdoulkarim Soumaila​, Secretary-General, ATU

​- Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice Chairman, NBTC, Thailand
-       Ms Ebele Okobi​, Head of Public Policy, Africa, Facebook  
- Mr Steve Collar​, CEO, O3b Networks Limited


Coffee Break
15.45 – 17.00

Session 2 - Mobile payment debate: an empowering tool

    • This debate will see panelists share their views on mobile money and financial inclusion.
    • How to reduce the costs of digital transactions and mobile payments?
    • Why is mobile money importa​nt for consumers? Financial inclusion through  mobile services 
    • Domestic and international payments, cooperation between telecom and banking regulators (central banks) and the need for international cooperation                
    • What standards are available to secure transactions?
    • What is the role of consumers? Mobile payment, an empowering tool for women?
Interactive panel discussion 
Moderator: Ms Adrienne Klasa, Executive Editor, This is Africa, Financial Times

- Prof. John Nkoma, Director General, TCRA, Tanzania
-       Mr Sunil Kanti Bose​, Chairman,  BTRC, Bangladesh
- Mr Fabrice Djossou​, Senior Sales Director Africa, ABS Africa 
- Mr Sacha Polverini​, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Mr Mortimer Hope​, Director Spectrum and Public Policy Africa, GSMA​