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Africa Region Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12)
Durban, South Africa, 21-22 May 2012 Contact:

(Updated: 24 May 2012)

21 May 2012
09:00 - 10:00​

Opening remarks: 

Master of Ceremony

Jim Paterson, Director, International Relationsm, Department of Communications, South Africa

Welcome address: Representative from South Africa

Keynote addresses:

  • Abdoulkarim Soumaila, Secretary General, ATU
    [ Biography | Speech ]
  • Andrew Rugege, ITU Regional Director for Africa, Addis Ababa
    [ Speech ]
  • Malcolm Johnson, Director, ITU/TSB
    [ Biography | Speech ]
  • H.E. Mrs Dina Pule, Minister of Communications, South Africa
    (delivered by Mr. Gift Buthelezi, Deputy Director-General, ICT International Affairs and Trade, Department of Communications, South Africa)
10:00 - 10:30​ Coffee break and group photograph
Election of the Bureau
  • Chairman of the Events, Jim Paterson, Director, International Relations, Department of Communications, South Africa​
  • Vice-Chairman of the Events, Sherif Guinena, Advisor to NTRA Executive President, Egypt​
  • First Rapporteur, Idrissa Gassama, International Relations Organizations Division, SONATEL, Senegal​
  • Second Rapporteur, Christopher Wambua, Communications Manager, CCK Kenya​
10:30 - 12:30​

Session A:  Briefing on Preparations for WTSA-12 and major issues for the ITU-T work programme and working methods

Objectives: This session will review the major outcomes of WTSA-08 (Johannesburg, 2008) and the preparation status of WTSA-12, including expected participants, structure, objectives of WTSA-12, and logistics. There will be information on the Global Standardization Symposium (GSS-12) to be organized the day before WTSA-12. This session will also review the major WTSA Resolutions and Recommendations, and examine changes that have been proposed for WTSA-12. It will examine likely key topics on the agenda of WTSA-12, including structuring of study groups and information on relevant TSAG correspondence groups.​


12:30 - 14:00​ Lunch
14:00 - 15:30​ Session B: Hot topics in Standardization

Objectives: This session will examine the evolution of NGN and future perspectives in the relevant access technologies, service and network architecture with a special focus on convergence, home, office and mobile applications, and IP-based platforms.  Other issues to be addressed include ICTs and climate change and conformance and interoperability.​


15:30 - 16:00​ Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00​

Session C:  ICT standardization gaps in the Africa region

Objectives: This session will provide an overview of the current status of ICT standardization, ITU standards activities with specific relevance to the Africa region and will provide an opportunity for policy-makers from the region to express their future requirements. This session will also include a presentation on the standardization gap and the wider digital divide, and what can be done to overcome it.


17:00 - 18:00​

Session D: WTSA-12 – Regional Preparations

Objective:  This session will discuss regional concerns, determine issues on which proposals should be drafted, consider and adopt texts of proposals.


  • Report of the Cairo meeting by Raynold Crispin Mfungahema, Director, Consumer and Industry Affairs with the Tanzania Communications
    [ Biography | Presentation ]
  • Other ITU Regional organizations
    • Summary of proposals from other Regional Organizations: Richard Hill, ITU-T SG2 and SG3 and CWG-WCIT
      [ Biography ]
19:00 - 21:30​ Gala Dinner
22 May 2012
09:30 - 11:00​

Session E: WTSA-12 – Regional Preparations

Objectives:  This session will discuss regional concerns, determine issues on which proposals should be drafted, consider and adopt texts of proposals.

Speakers:  Contributions from African countries​
11:00 - 11:30​ Coffee break
11:30 -12:00​
Session F: WTSA-12 – Open Discussion
Discussion on possible Study Group restructuring, candidacies for chairs and vice chairmen for SG and TSAG; and proposals to enhance participation in ITU-T emerging activities including accessibility, cybersecurity and World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) achievements and implementation.​
12:00 - 12:30​

Session G: Conclusion

Conclusion of the discussion and review of draft texts and any regional positions to be adopted.​

12:30 -14:00​ Lunch​