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Regional Development Forum and Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for the Americas, Asunción, Republic of Paraguay

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RDF Summary of discussions

Report by the Chairman

The Regional Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-17 for the Americas (RPM-AMS) took place in Asunción, Paraguay from 22 to 24 February 2017, preceded by the Regional Development Forum for the Americas (RDF-AMS) on 21 February 2017. Both events were organized at the kind invitation of the Comisión Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL) of Paraguay.

In line with Resolution 31 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010), the Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) aims at engaging the membership in the preparations of the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) in order to achieve regional coordination before the conference itself. It also seeks to identify issues at the regional level that need to be addressed to foster the development of telecommunications and ICTs, taking into account the most pressing needs faced by the Member States and Sector Members of the region.

Regional Development Forums provide an opportunity for high-level dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication and ICT policy-makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on specific regional telecommunication and ICT issues.

The RPM-AMS was attended by 166 participants representing 19 Member States and 2 observer Member States from other regions, 7 ITU‑D Sector Members and 4 observer Sector Members from other regions.

RPM-AMS approved five Regional Initiatives for 2018-2021, as follows:

  1. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Communications
  2. Spectrum Management and Transition to Digital Broadcasting
  3. Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure, especially in Rural and Neglected Areas, and Strengthening of Broadband Access to Services and Applications
  4. Accessibility and Affordability for an Inclusive and Sustainable Americas Region
  5. Development of the Digital Economy, Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) & Internet of Things (IoT), promoting innovation.

RPM-AMS approved modifications to the preliminary draft WTDC‑17 Declaration contained in Annex 2 of the Report by the Chairman .

RPM-AMS considered five contributions on the preliminary draft ITU‑D contribution to the ITU Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 and four contributions to the preliminary draft ITU‑D Action Plan 2018-2021 (including Study Group Questions). On the basis of these contributions presented, it was agreed to continue to develop a common proposal for the Americas region for the upcoming TDAG meeting and for WTDC‑17.

RPM-AMS examined the proposals for the revision by WTDC‑17 of eight resolutions (Resolutions 1, 9, 23, 45, 46, 50, 54 and 68).

Regarding streamlining resolutions, the participants took note of the available guidelines proposed by the TDAG Correspondence Group on Streamlining WTDC Resolutions and the guidelines proposed by the Argentine Administration.

Outcomes of RPMs will be consolidated at the inter-regional coordination meeting and discussed at TDAG 2017 in May. The outcomes of TDAG will be submitted to WTDC-17 as draft documents for consideration.

ITU Contact

Mr Bruno Ramos
Regional Director for the Americas
Tel.: +41 22 730 6099
Tel.: +55 61 2312 2730

Host Country Contact

Mr Kenji Kuramochi
Chief, International Relations Section
International and Inter‐institutional Management
Comisión National de Telecomunicaciones (CONATEL)
Tel.: +595 21 4382625
Fax.: +595 21 438 2162