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Action Line C6 (Enabling Environment) - Affordable Access for Sustainable Development

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

The emergence of digital platforms and services provided over Internet has led to strong growth in consumer demand for fixed and mobile bandwidth. The role of Governments regarding ICT policies and regulation, infrastructure investment and a range of related issues has an important impact in accessing these digital platforms and services from a consumer perspective. Affordable and available access for consumer to the digital ecosystem remains a key political issue, particularly in developing countries.  To assist Governments in facing these challenges and creating opportunities, ITU is developing Regulatory Strategic Tools on different relevant topics, such as International Mobile Roaming (IMR), Infrastructure Sharing, and Universal Service to assist National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) and Policy Makers in creating an enable environment for affordable access to the digital ecosystem. 

The discussion in this session will focus on how to best leverage these existing tools to enrich the dialogue between all stakeholders and strengthen the inclusive dialogue and cooperation at national, regional and global level.


Ms Sofie MADDENS, Head, Regulatory and Market Environment Division (ITU/BDT)

Speakers / panellists

Opening remarks and Focus presentation on ITU Strategic Regulatory Tools
by Mr Kemal HUSEINOVIC, Chief,
Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications Department,
Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU/BDT)

Interactive debate among Panelists:

  • Ms Aminata GARBA, Director of  African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) and Carnegie Mellon University, Assistant Professor (CMU) 
  • Mr David GOMES, Director General, Agência Nacional de Comunicações, Cabo Verde (ANAC)
  • Mr Ilyas AHMED, Chief Executive, Communications Authority of Maldives
  • Ms Adriana LABARDINI, Commissioner, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
  • Ms Anriette ESTERHUYSEN, Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge


Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland