ALFM Action Line C6: Enabling Environment

International Telecommunication Union

Session 225

13:00–14:00 CEST (UTC+02:00), Thursday, 30 July 2020 Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

Acting now: new and innovative policy and regulatory approaches for digital market development

The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically illustrated the vital role of digital connectivity including both access to infrastructure and to services that are available, affordable, and accessible, to all.   Digital technologies have an essential importance in lockdown situations in enabling us to carry on with our lives in terms of work, education, entertainment, and access to information.

To address the immediate needs during COVID-19, the ITU launched the Global Network Resiliency Platform (#REG4COVID) in March, shortly after the declaration of pandemic lockdowns across most parts of the world. Since then, ICT policy makers and regulators from all regions of the world have gone to the platform to share useful insights, best practices and lessons learned to boost network resiliency in these unprecedented times.

However, we also need to face this “new urgency” to address the digital inclusion agenda of governments worldwide. Concerted action by policy makers and regulators in consultation with the ICT industry, is needed to achieve universal, affordable and quality broadband access, and to mobilize private financing to invest in digital inclusion. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need to create an enabling policy and regulatory environment to provide connectivity for all. 

This session will address critical questions policy makers and regulators need to address to fast forward digital connectivity for sustainable development:

  • What policy and regulatory design principles are at hand for regulators to help develop an understanding of new technology paradigms and guide them towards appropriate policy and regulatory best practices?
  • How can best practice guidelines help design and effectively enforce regulatory frameworks for digital markets to thrive?
  • How can we ensure optimal regulatory responses during crisis situations and fast forward to digital connectivity for all?

Based on the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) 2019 Best Practice Guidelines, this session will also address the core design principles for collaborative regulation and how to benchmark for regulatory excellence and market performance. It will also highlight regulatory tools and approaches that are at hand for enabling digital expansion.

“If we are set to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
in our societies by 2030, we need to be open to new regulatory tools
and solutions and act now.” 

GSR 2019 Regulators

Digital Economy Digital Transformation Infrastructure
WSIS Action Lines
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
Sustainable Development Goals
  • Goal 9 logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11 logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable