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Arab States Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12)
Cairo, Egypt, 30 April - 1 May 2012 Contact:

Draft Programme
(Updated on 03 May 2012)

Day 1, Monday, 30 April 2012
13:30 - 13:45​

Welcome and keynote remarks:  Malcolm Johnson, Director ITU/TSB​
[ Biography ]
13:45 - 15:15​

Session A:  Briefing on Preparations for WTSA-12 and major issues for the ITU-T work program 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.

Session Chair: Sherif Guinena, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NTRA, Egypt [ Biography ]


15:15 - 15:45​ Coffee break
15:45 - 17:15​

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.

Session Chair: Sherif Guinena, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NTRA, Egypt [ Biography ]




Day 2, Tuesday, 1 May 2012
09:00 - 10:30​

Session C: WTSA-12 – Regional Preparations

Objectives: This session will discuss regional concerns, determine issues on which proposals should be drafted, consider and adopt texts of available proposals, and/or invite for specific proposals.

Session Chair: Dina Kabeel, Director of International Relations, NTRA


  • RCC
  • Africa (Sherif Guinena, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NTRA, Egypt)
    [ Biography ]
  • EU
  • APT
10:30 - 11:00​ Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30​

Session D: 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.​

12:30 - 13:30​ Lunch
13:30 - 14:30​

Session E: Conclusion

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

  • Amr Badawi, Executive President of the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) Egypt
    [ Biography ]
  • Malcolm Johnson, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
    [ Biography ]
14:30 - 14:00​ Coffee break