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Regional Development Forum (RDF)


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing the “Regional Development Forum for the Asia-Pacific Region” which will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 29 April 2013. The Forum will be hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia.


  • Agenda
  • List of RDF participants
  • Useful Contact(s):
    • Dr. Eun-Ju Kim (Ms.), ITU Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand (



Intercontinental Hotel
296, Boulevard Mao TseToung
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Practical Information for Participants


​Harnessing Digital Opportunity through Broadband



​Digital Empowerment for All




  • M-Powering Development Initiative for a better tomorrow: Mr. Mario Maniewicz, Chief,  Infrastructure, Enabling Environment & E-Applications Department,  ITU/BDT
  • Shifting the “Communication Paradigm” - Benefits to society, the economy and citizens: Ms. Deborah Nga, Vice-Chairman, Asia Internet Coalition(AIC) & Public Policy and Government Affairs, Google Asia Pacific
  • M-powerment for economic and social Inclusion through ICTs: Mr. Taimur Rahman, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Grameen Phone, Bangladesh
  • Assistive, accessible technologies of the future: Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, Board Member, Daisy Consortium, Japan; and Ms. Wantanee Phantachat, Director, Assistive Technology Center, NECTEC Thailand
  • National inter-agency, multi-stakeholder collaboration for youth initiatives: Ms.  Mariam F. Barata, Director for ICT Empowerment, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Indonesia
  • E-health and M-health: Mr. Monirul Quazi Islam, Director, Department of Health System Development, South East Asia Regional Office,  WHO
  • Youth champions digital empowerment for All: Mr. Rizky Ario Nugroho, Youth Representative


​Creating Smarter, Safer and Greener Society


  • Emergency telecommunications - Saving Lives: Malaysia’s Single Emergency Number Initiative: Mr. Mazmalek Mohamad, Under Secretary, Facilities Division, Communication Sector, Ministry of Information Communications and Culture, Malaysia
  • Linking ICT4D and ICT for Disaster Management: Smart Sustainable Development Model Initiative: Dr. Cosmas Zavazava, Chief, Project Support and Knowledge Management Department, BDT/ITU
  • Innovative and creative applications for Industry Development: Mr. Anjan Ghosh, Regional Director, Corporate Affairs, Asia-Pacific, Intel
  • Innovative initiatives for Greener Society : Mr. Arvind  Mathur, Strategic technology Officer, CISCO, India & South Asia
  • Intelligent Homes and Smarter Communities:  Dr. Takahisa Shodai, Senior Manager, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation Research and Development Planning Department Smart Community Product Team
  • Emerging technologies for Agricultural Innovation Systems: Mr. Gerard Sylvester, Knowledge & Information Management Officer, FAO
  • Green Growth and Energy Efficiency: Mr. Permod Gupta, Chief Technical Advisor of UNIDO, Cambodia
  • Fostering a global society of digital citizens: Mr. Nick O’Donnell,  Regional Manager, Public Policy, APAC, Yahoo!


​Multi-Stakeholders Roundtable: Ways Forward




  • Moderator of Session 1:  Dasho’ Mr. Kinley Dorji, Acting Minister, Ministry of Information & Communication, Bhutan
  • Moderator of Session 2:  Mr. Chakrya Moa, Chairman, Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia
  • Moderator of Session 3: Mr. Paul Wilson, Director General, APNIC
  • Empowering and transformational ICT for an inclusive, vibrant and integrated ASEAN: Mr. Louis Casambre, Undersecretary, Information and  Communication Technology Office, Philippines and ASEAN TELSOM Chair
  • Converged digital society for the future:  Dr. Bohyun Seo, Director, KISDI, R.O.Korea  and Vice-Chairman, ITU Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG)
  • Unique needs and challenges of telecommunication/ICT development in the Pacific: Mr. Paula Ma'U, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Information & Communications, Government of Kingdom of Tonga