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ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Development Forum 2018

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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL INITIATIVES

ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Development Forum (RDF-ASP 2018) on “ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals” aims to provide a platform for high level dialogue for ITU Members (Member States, ITU-D Sector Members, and Academia Members) in the Asia-Pacific Region, development agencies, and partners.The World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) adopted the Buenos Aires Action Plan (BaAP), which also includes five new Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (ASP-RI) to be implemented during 2018-2021. The final report of WTDC-17 is available here.​

​   The five Regional Initiatives 

ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing the ITU Regional Development Forum for Asia-Pacific Region on "ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals" (RDF-ASP 2018) that will be held on 21-22 May 2018 at the Sukosol Bangkok Hotel, Thailand. RDF-ASP 2018 is kindly hosted by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Thailand.

The objective of the ITU Regional Development Forum (RDF) is to provide an opportunity for high-level dialogue between the BDT and decision-makers, governments and regulators, of ITU Member States, Sector Members and Academia. The RDF serves as a privileged platform for assessing strategic orientations that may have an impact on BDT's regional work plan in between World Telecommunication Development Conferences (WTDCs).

As we embark on the ITU Development Sector (ITU-D) Operational Cycle 2018-2021, the Forum will focus on the strategic context for the ITU Members in the Asia-Pacific region provided by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17). RDF-ASP 2018 will focus on the implementation of the Buenos Aires Action Plan (BaAP), with particular emphasis on the five Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (ASP-RI) 2018-2021 and invites feedback, proposals and recommendations to adjust as well as contribute to the BDT’s work in the Asia-Pacific region in this next operational cycle.

The Forum will be paperless, conducted in English and will not require any participation fees. ITU is pleased to invite your organization to participate in this important forum, and is pleased to provide one full fellowship to one participant duly authorized by the respective ITU Adminstration from Least Developed Countries(LDCs) and eligible Developing Countries in the Asia Pacific Region, subject to available budget, to facilitate their participation in the Forum.

Completed fellowship application forms should be received at ITU by 30 April 2018. The last date for registration is ​11 May 2018. Should you require any further information, please contact Mr. Sameer Sharma​, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (sameer.sharma@itu.int). ​​​​​​​​

TENTATIVE AGENDA

​DAY 1 - MONDAY 21 MAY 2018​​ ​
07:30-08:30​Registration​

08:30-09:30​

​​Opening Session ​

H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister, ​Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand [Bio​]
• Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU ​[Bio] [Speech]
09:30-10:00​Group Photo and Coffee Break​

10:00-11:00​

Session 1: ICT for Sustainable Development Goals : WTDC 17 Outcomes

Objective: This session will share the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017, which was held around the theme of ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Presentation
• WTDC-17 Outcomes
• Buenos Aires Action Plan 2018-21
• Asia-Pacific Regional Initiative 2018-2021
  • Mr. Ioane Koroivuki, Regional Director, ITU Regional Office for Asia-Pacific [Bio] [Presentation]
  • APT and Preparation for ITU’s Global Conferences, Ms. Areewan Haorangsi Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity [Bio] [Presentation​​]
  • Achieving SDG and inclusive development in Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Atsuko Okuda, ICT and Development Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP​ [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • ITU Interactive Transmission Maps, Mr. Sameer Sharma, Senior Adviser, ITU Regional Office for Asia-Pacific [Bio​] [Presentation]

11:00-12:30​

Session 2: ASP1: Addressing special needs of least developed countries, small island developing states, including Pacific island countries, and landlocked deve​loping countries

Objective: This session will share the ongoing development activities and plans of ITU Members, partners and other agencies with focus on meeting the special needs of least developed countries (LDCs), small isla​nd developing states (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs). ​​

 
Moderator: Ms. Renga Teannaki, ICT Policy Analyst, Ministry of Information, Communication, Transport and Tourism Development,Kiribati [Bio​​]

Panelists:
  • APT and ASP 1, Mr. Jongbong Park, Director, Project Development, Asia-Pacific Telecommunity [Bio​] [Presentation]
  • Mr. Fred Christopher, Manager, Pacific Islands Telecommunications​ Association [Bio] [Presentation]​
  • Mr. Konesh Kochhal  Director, Industry Ecosystem Engagements, Strategy Marketing, South Pacific Region, Huawei [Bio​] [Presentation​]
  • UNCDF SHIFT, Mr. Robin Gravesteijn, Data Management Specialist (Analytics and Research), UNCDF  [Bio​]​ [Presentation]
  • ICT Development in VanuatuHow We Are Doing It? Mr. Brad Partridge, Office of the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator, Vanuatu [Bio] [Presentation​​]

12:30-14:00​​Lunch Break​

14:00-15:30​

Session 3: ASP2: Harnessing ICTs to support the digital economy and an inclusive digital society

Objective: This session will share needs and requirements of ITU Members in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the partnerships and plans of development agencies, and partners in utilizing ICTs to reap the benefits of the digital economy and in addressing the human and technical capacity challenges for bridging the digita​l divide. ​​

 
Moderator: Dr. Ismail Shah, Area Representative, ITU Area Office for South-East Asia and Timor-Leste  [Bio​] [Presentation​]

 
Panelists:
  • UNESCO’s Support for ICT-enabled Lifelong Learning for All, Dr. Jonghwi Park, Programme Specialist, ICT in Education, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development, UNESCO [Bio] [Presentation]
  • Unleashing the potential of 5G, Mr. Guillaume Mascot, Head of Government Relations AP J & India, Nokia [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • The development of FinTech in China, Ms. Han Han, Chief Engineer, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology [Bio] [Presentation]


 
15:30-16:00​Coffee Break​

16:00-17:30​

Session 4: ASP3: Fostering development of infrastructure to enhance digital connectivity

Objective: This session will share needs and requirements of ITU Members in Asia-Pacific region as well as the partnerships and plans of development agencies and partners in utilizing ICTs to reap the benefits of the digital economy and in addressing the human and technical capacity challenges for bridging the digital divide. ​​

 
Moderator: Mr. Paul Wilson, Director General, APNIC [Bio​] [Presentation​]

 
Panelists:
  • ​Inclusive Internet Index Asia, Ms. Tenzin D. Norbhu, Head, Connectivity & Access Policy, APAC Facebook  [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • Fostering development of infrastructure to enhance digital connectivity​,​ Mr. Bill Lan, Chief NBN Strategist, Huawei [Bio] [Presentation]
  • Fostering development of infrastructure to enhance digital connectivity​, Mr. Foong Chee Keong , Group Head of Regulatory, Axiata [Bio] [Presentation]
  • Mr. Petter-Børre Furberg, EVP Emerging Asia Cluster, Telenor Group​ [Bio] [Presentation​]
 
 
 
 
 

 

18:00 Hrs                   Welcome DInner (Supported by Huawei) , Kamolthip Ballroom, Hotel Sukosol

​DAY 2 - TUESDAY 22 MAY 2018​​ ​

09:00-10:30​

​Session 5: ASP4: Enabling policy and regulatory environments

Objective: This session will discuss the priorities of Members in the areas of developing appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks, fostering innovation, enhancing skills, increasing information sharing and strengthening regulatory cooperation, thereby contributing to a supportive regulatory environment for all stakeholders. ​

 
Moderator: ​Ms. Derval Usher, Pulse Lab Indonesia [Bio] [Presentation]

 
Panelists:
 
  • Ms. Tenzin Dolma Norbhu, Head, Connectivity and Access Policy, APAC Facebook [Bio] [Pres​entation]
  • Ms. Mila Romanoff, Global Pulse Privacy and Ethics expert  [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • Enabling policy and regulatory environment - an ASEAN digital revolution, Mr. Foong Chee Keong , Group Head of Regulatory, Axiata, Malaysia [Bio] [Presentation]
  • Creating an enabling regulatory environment: Mr. Wangay Dorji, Chief, Licensing & Compliance  Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority  [Bio​] [​Presentation​]

 

10:30-11:00​Coffee Break​

11:00-12:30​


 

Session 6: ASP5: Contributing to a secure and resilient environment

Objective: This session with focus on development and maintenance of secure, trusted and resilient networks and services, and addressing challenges related to climate change and disaster management. ​​
 
 
 

 
Moderator: Ms. Lindl Rowe, Director, International Engagement and Strategy, Department of Communications and the Arts [Bio​]
 
 
 

 
Panelists:
  • ​ICT for disaster management including MDRU, Mr. Hideo Imanaka, Senior Manager NTT Advanced Technology  [Bio] [Presentation]
  • Building Institutional Capacity for Multi-Hazard Early Warning in Asia and the Pacific​, Mr. Keran Wang, Sector Chief, Space Applications Section, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, ESCAP  [Bio] [Presentation]
  • A Multi-Stakeholder Approach in the Fight Against Cybercrime, Ms Shina Miyuki, Digital Crimes Officer, Interpol  [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • Mr. Thomas Muller, Deputy Executive Director for Network Development and External Relations, ECPAT   [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security, Mr. Aftab Siddiqui, Technical Engagement Manager, Internet Society, [Bio​] Presentation​]​
12:30-14:00​Lunch Break​

14:00-15:30​

Session 7: Facilitating Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives through research, study, initiatives, partnerships and capacity building

Objective: This session with focus on research, studies, capacity building, projects and partnerships to facilitate meeting the objectives of ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives
• ITU-D Study Groups Cycle 2018-2021
• ITU Special Initiatives
• ITU Centres of Excellence, Membership/Academia
• Projects and Partnerships ​​
 
 
 

 
Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Azizi, Chairman, ATRA  [Bio] [Presentation]

 
​Panelists:
  • ITU Asia-Pacific Centres of Excellence and MDES, Thailand, Ms. Kalaya Chinatiworn, Director of International Organizations Group, International Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Digital Economy & Society of Thailand  [Bio] [Presentation​​]
  • Making innovation with ITU-D, Mr. Yoshiaki Nagaya, Deputy Director, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan  [Bio] [Presentation]
  • Associate Professor Lunchakorn Wuttisittikulkij, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand  [Bio] [Presentation​]
  • ITU-D Study Groups and Projects,Mr. Ashish Narayan, Programme Coordinator, ITU Regional Office for Asia-Pacific  [Bio] [Presentation​]

 

15:30-16:00​Coffee Break​

16:00-17:00​

RDF 2017 Conclusions, Recommendation and Closing​​

 

END OF FORUM​​