Livingstone, Zambia, 16-18(AM) March 2016
At the kind invitation of the
Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) convened a
Regional Standardization Forum for Africa from
16 to 18(am) March 2016 at the Protea Hotel in
The following meetings also took place in the same week and venue, hosted by ZICTA:
Opening Ceremony of the events in Livingstone: 14(am) March 2016;
- ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa (SG5 RG-AFR) from 14(pm) to 15 March 2016 - participation is open to ITU Member States, ITU-T Sector Members, ITU-T SG5 Associates and ITU Academia; and
ITU-T Study Group 12 Regional Group for Africa (SG12 RG-AFR) on 18(pm) March 2016 - participation is open to ITU Member States, ITU-T Sector Members, ITU-T SG12 Associates and ITU Academia.
The Regional Standardization Forum included presentations abouth ITU-T activities related to environment and climate change (ITU-T Study Group 5; 16(am) March); a Bridging the Standardization Gap Training for Study Group Effectiveness (16(pm) March to 17(am) March); and presentations abouth ITU-T activities related to QoS, QoE and performance (ITU-T Study Group 12; 17(pm) to 18(am) March).
The main objective of the event was to provide delegates with a hands-on training to enable effective and efficient participation in Study Group (SG) meetings. The programme included a generic overview of key SG documents, terms and mechanisms for participation; preparation for study group meetings; techniques for developing effective Contributions with relevant proposals to move the work forward; gaining support of the proposals; techniques for presenting contributions and defending proposals during a meeting and other interactive exercises. The Forum also discussed ongoing ITU-T standardization activities of interest to the region.
Target Audience of the Regional Standardization Forum
The target audience included ITU Member States, national standards bodies, ICT regulators, ICT companies, ICT research organizations, service providers and academia. Participation was opened to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country which is a member of ITU who wished to contribute to the work. This included individuals who are also members of international, regional and national organizations. Participation was free of charge.