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General Meeting of International ICT Volunteers Networking 2015: Empowering Youth in ICT for Development

Context

Since 2012, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has implemented an international ICT volunteers programme in collaboration with the National Information Society Agency of the Republic of Korea (NIA) known as NIA/ITU International ICT Volunteers. The programme has dispatched over 300 volunteers to more than 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Having recognized the power of youth and benefits of this programme, at the WTDC-14 Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) held in Cambodia during 30 April and 2 May 2013, Asia-Pacific member countries endorsed a proposal on ‘international collaboration on multistakeholder empowerment of ICT volunteers’ which was initiated by the Republic of Indonesia and tabled at the meeting.

Later in the same year, at the Connect Asia-Pacific Summit held in Bangkok, Thailand on 18 November 2013 whereby some 625 participants from 37 ITU Asia-Pacific Member States, including 7 Head of State/Government, 30 Ministers, deputy ministers, and Ambassadors attended the Summit, ITU announced the ITU International ICT Volunteers Programme known as IIV Programme.

The WTDC-14 held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during 30 March and 10 April 2014 adopted the Dubai Action Plan (DuAP) which includes an Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative on ‘development of broadband access and adoption of broadband’. The initiative identifies an expected result which is “international collaboration on multi-stakeholder empowerment of ICT volunteers” in that ITU is mandated to foster and coordinate efforts in implementing ICT volunteer programmes in the Asia-Pacific region.

International ICT Volunteers (IIV)

International ICT Volunteers programme (IIV) is an open platform for multi-stakeholders including governments, NGOs, academia, private sector, international organizations, and others to mobilize human and various resources aimed at empowering people at all levels including youth, professional, women and girls, and retired people; and providing them an opportunity to work towards promoting ICT for development in national and international levels.

IIV Framework enables national and international ICT volunteer programmes whereby volunteers come from different backgrounds with various skills and expertise. The framework also provides an opportunity for volunteers to network with each other thereby exchanging their knowledge and experience and driving creativities and innovations among them.

NIA/ITU International ICT Volunteers

The NIA/ITU International ICT Volunteers is a unique programme jointly implemented by ITU and NIA under the IIV framework. The programme dispatches young Korean volunteers to countries around the region and to work with various organizations in the countries for a period of either one month or two months usually around July and August of each year. Volunteers are dispatched in groups (teams). Each team consists of four members.

Prior to dispatching, volunteers are required to participate in a boot camp with an intensive programme aimed at preparing and training the volunteers to be ready for on-site works. The programme also monitors and evaluates performance of the volunteers in that they are required to present their work achievements at an evaluation meeting usually organized at the end of their assignments.

This year, the NIA/ITU IIV 2015 programme will dispatch 100 Korean volunteers to seven countries namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. The IIV-2015 Boot Camp will be hosted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The evaluation meetings will also be hosted by MCMC and be held at Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

General Meeting of International ICT Volunteers Networking 2015: Empowering Youth in ICT for Development

For the first time, ITU is organizing the ‘General Meeting of International ICT Volunteers Networking 2015’ with its theme on ‘empowering youth in ICT for development’. The meeting is hosted by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and will be held on 8th July 2015 at Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The meeting is supported by the Australian Government and the National Information Society Agency of the Republic of Korea (NIA).

 

Following the Meeting will be the IIV-2015 Boot Camp to be held at the same place.

Meeting Objectives

The General Meeting of International ICT Volunteers Networking 2015: Empowering youth in ICT for development is aimed to:

  • Promote the International ICT Volunteers (IIV) programme;
  • Identify and discuss about issues, challenges, and opportunities of the programme;
  • Determine cooperation mechanism and partnership framework with multi-stakeholders including governments, authorities, and private sector;
  • Discuss about ways forward and guidelines on establishing a national network of volunteers.

Participants

Expected participants include representatives of countries participating in the IIV-2015 programme i.e. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Target participants also include representatives of partners and stakeholders concerning empowering youth and ICT for development.

Expected Outcome

The meeting expected a common understanding among stakeholders and partners about the IIV programme and its coordination and cooperation frameworks. It is also expected that the meeting will bring to attention of participants especially potential partners benefits of the programme and hence partnerships and contributions from the stakeholders and partners would be made possible from this year onwards and on a sustainable manner.

 

Programme, 8 July 2015

​08:30-09:30Registration​
​09:30-10:00Opening Session
 Welcome Remarks by Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, IIV Programme Manager, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 Welcome Remarks by Dr. Myungha Hong, Director, Global IT Planning & Consulting Department, National Information Society Agency of the Republic of Korea (NIA)
 Opening Remarks by Dato' Sri Dr Halim Shafie, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
​10:00-11:00 Introductory Session
 Overview of International ICT Volunteers (IIV) by Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, IIV Programme Manager, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
 Presentation by Dr. Myungha Hong, Director, Global IT Planning & Consulting Department, National Information Society Agency of the Republic of Korea (NIA)NIA
 Overview of NBTC-ITU Volunteers (NIV) by General Sukit Khamasundara, Commissioner of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC)
​11:00-11:20Tea break sponsored by MCMC​
​11:20-12:40Panel Discussion - country perspective and experience

Moderator: Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, IIV Programme Manager, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Panellists:
 Mr. Chamnan Meas, Deputy Director, Department of Telecom, Cambodia
 Mrs. Septriana Tangkary, Director of ICT Empowerment, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Indonesia
 Mr. Chanthaviphone Chansylilath, Head of Planning Division, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), Laos PDR
 Mr. Toh Swee Hoe, Chief Officer, Digital Empowerment Sector, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)
 Mr. Wares Borvonsin, Executive Director, Universal Service Obligation Bureau, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand
 Mr. Quyen Nguyen Quy, Head of Multilateral International Cooperation Section, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), Vietnam
​12:40-14:00Lunch break sponsored by MCMC​
​14:00-16:00  Presentation by Mr. Anshul Sonak, Regional Director - Innovation & Learning, Intel For Good - APJ

Panel Discussion: Cooperation mechanism, partnerships, and ways forward
Moderator: ​Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, IIV Programme Manager, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Panellists:
Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
​​16:00-16:20​Conclusion and Closing​
​16:20​Refreshments sponsored by MCMC
19:30Dinner with Delegates at Kg Nelayan Seafood Restaurant - sponsored by MCMC