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Title: ITU Global Symposium on Human Capital Development Coventry United Kingdom, 2125 July 2008 ITUs strat


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ITU Global Symposium onHuman Capital
Development Coventry (United Kingdom), 21-25
July 2008ITUs strategic planand regional
initiatives for Africa
  • Dr Amara SOUMAH,
  • Senior Adviser
  • ITU Dakar

2
SUMMARY
  • Introduction
  • 1. ITUs mandate and role
  • 2. ITU and the information society roles of
    stakeholders/players for the action lines
  • 3. New telecommunication environment
  • 4. ITU strategic plan (2009-2012) WTDC-06
    ITU-D programmes, activities and regional
    initiatives
  • 5. Human capacity-building (Programme 5)
  • 6. African regional initiatives Human and
    institutional capacity-building projects
  • 7. Implementation of regional initiatives
  • Conclusion

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1. ITUs mandate and role
  • The main mission of ITU is to
  • - maintain and extend international cooperation
    among all Member States for the improvement and
    rational use of telecommunications of all kinds
  • - promote and provide technical assistance to
    the Member States
  • - promote, at the international level, the
    adoption of a broader approach to the issues of
    telecommunications and the information society by
    cooperating with other organizations and partners
    concerned with the sector

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Mandates and structure of ITU (1/2)
  • ITU founded in 1865 (143 years ago)
  • United Nations specialized agency for
    telecoms/ICT
  • 191 Member States 881 Sector Members
  • Wide variety of entities (regulators, operators,
    manufacturers service providers application
    developers network architects consultancy
    firms financial institutions, telecommunication
    associations at the national, regional and
    international levels)
  • Threefold mandate for connecting the world
  • Coordinating the use of radiocommunication
    resources (ITU-R)
  • Establishing global telecommunication standards
    (ITU-T)
  • Promoting ICT development worldwide (ITU-D).
  • ITU is the lead agency for construction of the
    information society, particularly the setting up
    of telecoms/ICT infrastructures.
  • ITUs Development Sector (ITU-D) is chiefly
    involved in assisting the emerging and developing
    countries in integrating ICT in their development
    policies.

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Mandates and structure of ITU (2/2)
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www.itu.int/ITU-T Web http// www.itu.int/ITU-R
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4. BDT and the ITU regional presence (1/3)
  • BDTs five regions
  • Africa
  • Arab States
  • Asia Pacific
  • Americas
  • Europe CIS
  • Main regional initiatives
  • Regional interconnectivity
  • Rural connectivity
  • Human capacity-building ...

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Regional presence (2/3)
EUROPE/CIS Unit
GENEVA
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2. ITU and the information society
  • The world acknowledges ITUs role as lead agency
    in construction of the information society and
    entrusts it with activities designed to ensure,
    among other things, the rapid deployment of
    communication infrastructures, particularly in
    Africa
  • The Tunis Summit instructed ITU to step up its
    work to ensure network and service security at
    the global level

9
Information society stakeholders and
playersEleven (11) Action Lines (1/3)
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Information society stakeholders and
playersEleven (11) Action Lines (2/3)
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Information society stakeholders and
playersEleven (11) Action Lines (3/3)
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3. New telecommunication environment convergence
of communications
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4. BDTs strategic plan and mandate
IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIC PLAN
PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE
WTDC Doha, 2006
CPM Africa 4-7 July 05
CPM Americas 9-11 Aug 05
CPM Arab States 16-18 May 05
CPM Asia Pacific Hanoi 15-17 June 05
CPM Europe CIS countries 18-22 Apr 05
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BDTs strategyis based on implementation of the
Action Plan (operational)
ACTION PLAN
The Action Plan comprises programmes, activities
and special initiatives
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4.1 Outcomes of WTDC-06
  • Approval of resolutions and recommendations
  • Approval of ITU study group activities
  • revised Questions
  • new Questions
  • Programmes and activities
  • Regional initiatives

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Approval of WTDC-06 resolutions and
recommendations
  • Over 37 resolutions and recommendations updated
    and approved by the conference
  • These resolutions concern the directives whereby
    BDT provides support to the Member States

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4.2 New Questions for the study groups
  • Access to telecommunication services for people
    with disabilities
  • Impact of telecommunication development on the
    creation of employment
  • Securing information and communication networks
    Best practices for developing a culture of
    cybersecurity

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The focus of ITU-D's work in the area of policy,
regulation and strategy will be on
assisting Member States and national regulatory
authorities in developing and implementing an
enabling environment that fosters a supportive,
transparent, pro-competitive and predictable
policy, legal and regulatory framework.
4.3 ITU-Dprogrammes
Programme 1 Regulatory reform
This programme should assist Member States and
ITU-D Sector Members to maximize the utilization
of appropriate new technologies in the
development of their information and
communication infrastructure, by taking due
account of the accelerated convergence of the
telecommunication networks and services. .
Programme 2 Information and communication
infrastructure and technology development
To assist developing countries, through the use
of information and communication
technologies (ICTs) and telecommunication
networks, to advance the achievement of national,
regional and the internationally agreed
development goals, by promoting the use of
ICT-based products, networks, services and
applications, and to help countries overcome the
digital divide.
Programme 3 E-strategies and ICT applications
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It is up to ITU-D to respond to requests for
assistance to members in this regard, by helping
them identify success factors and facilitate the
implementation of these factors in order to
provide service at equitable, affordable
and cost-oriented prices. This programme is
responsible for work on the cost of international
Internet connectivity.
Programme 4 Economics and financing, including
cost and tariffs
To assist developing countries in strengthening
their human, institutional and organizational
capacity through human resource management and
development activities, so as to facilitate
effective adaptation to the current
telecommunication and ICT environment.
Programme 5 Human capacity building
The programme will be valued for its quality and
timely service aimed at integrating LDCs and SIDS
into the world economy through information and
communication technologies (ICT) and through the
implementation of disaster-risk reduction
measures in developing countries.
Programme 6 Least developed countries (LDCs)
and small island developing states (SIDS) and
emergency telecommunications
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4.4 Activities
Under Resolution 8, as revised by WTDC-06 in
Doha, the collection and dissemination of
information and statistics is a key role of ITU-D.
Activity 1 Statistics and information on
telecommunication/ICT
Under this multidisciplinary activity, support
is provided to the programmes and study groups
with prime responsibility for ensuring the
sustainability of ICT development.
Activity 2 Partnerships and promotion
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4.5 Initiatives
Promotion of increased Sector membership and
active participation of Sector Members in ITU-D
activities and for the ITU regional offices.
Initiative 1 Private sector
Activities aimed at ensuring that the benefits of
ICTs are made available to all women and men on a
fair and equitable basis.
Initiative 2 Gender
Integrating youth issues into the activities of
BDT, including through programmes with emphasis
on capacity building, and to establish a
mechanism for coordination with the Youth Forum.
Initiative 3 Youth and children
Supporting Member States in addressing special
needs of indigenous peoples as regards equitable
access to telecommunication/ICT services.
Initiative 4 Indigenous peoples and communities
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4.6 Regional initiatives
  • WTDC decided to select a specific number of
    initiatives by region
  • Resolution 17 clearly defines the implementation
    of all the regional initiatives approved at the
    national, regional, into regional and worldwide
    levels
  • BDT will have to make the best possible use of
    the available resources, ensuring their equitable
    allocation to each region

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Regional initiatives for the Regional
Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC)
  • Strengthening the effective use of spectrum by
    providing interactive multimedia digital
    broadcasting networks in countries with
    mountainous terrain, and optimization of
    radio-monitoring networks
  • Creation of international centres for the
    implementation and testing of new technologies
  • Creation of international centres for the
    implementation and testing of new technologies

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Regional initiatives for the Regional
Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC)
  • Introduction of integrated, ubiquitous
    telemedicine technologies and systems for
    bridging the digital divide (in rural regions
    for combating epidemics of infectious illnesses
    in emergency situations creation of a single
    medical information space)
  • Future development and establishment of centres
    of excellence and creation of a learning space.

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5. Regional initiatives for the Africa region
  • Human and institutional capacity building
  • Strengthening and harmonizing policy and
    regulatory frameworks for integration of African
    ICT markets
  • Development of a broadband infrastructure and
    achievement of regional interconnectivity
  • ICT applications
  • Introduction of new digital broadcasting
    technologies

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6. Regional initiatives for the Africa region HR
projects
  • Evaluation of requirements and creation of a
    mechanism for the networked operation of training
    centres
  • Strengthening and extension of the centres of
    excellence network
  • Harmonisation of training programmes for mutual
    recognition of diplomas awarded
  • Establishment of an ICT competencies database in
    Africa
  • Creation of a centre of excellence for
    Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking
    countries of Africa.

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Connect Africa Summit - Kigali, 29 and 30
October 2007
  • Connect Africa is part of the Connect the
    World global vision, intended to contribute to
    achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
    by 2015.
  • http//www.itu.int/net/about/vision.aspx
  • Decisions of the Kigali Summit
  • Five (5) goals
  • Goal 1 Interconnect all African capitals and
    major cities with ICT broadband infrastructure
    and strengthen connectivity to the rest of the
    world by 2012
  • Goal 2 Connect African villages to broadband
    ICT services by 2015
  • Goal 3- Adopt key regulatory measures that
    promote affordable, widespread access to a full
    range of broadband ICT services.
  • Goal 4 Skills development
  • Support the development, by 2015, of a critical
    mass of ICT skills required by the knowledge
    economy
  • Goal 5- Adopt a national e-strategy and develop
    ICT applications for e-services

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Decisions of the Kigali Summit
Développement des Capacités
  • Goal 4 Skills development
  • Support the development, by 2015, of a critical
    mass of ICT skills required by the knowledge
    economy
  • through the establishment of a network of ICT
    Centres of Excellence in each sub-region of the
    African continent
  • through the establishment of ICT
    capacity-building and training centres in each
    country, with the aim of achieving a broad
    network of interlinked physical and virtual
    centres
  • ensuring coordination between academia and
    industry

Centres of Excellence for Africa Project
meeting, Maputo, April 2008
CoE
Programmes
5 Prog/Partners (
tbd
)
and Partners
PARTNERS
-
TBD
Technical Awareness
Regulatory Issues
5 Prog./3 Partners
4 Prog./4 partners
Business Management
ALCATEL
Rural connectivity
INT
Spectrum management
3 PROGRAMS
OAS/CITEL
Telecom Policies
LS TELECOM
CoE
ASP
IDB
New Telecom Techniques
BELL SOUTH
Regulatory Issues
Tech.Awareness
Strategic Management
ALCATEL
ICT based Business
Policies Reg. Issues
Technology Trends
Corporate Management
Regulatory Issues
Internet Technologies
Spectrum management
CoE
AMS
Spect
Man Sup.
Information
Techn
.
The ITU Centre
The ITU Centre
CIS
CEE
Branch
Branch
of Excellence
of Excellence
CoE
EURCIS
Network
Network
5 Prog./4partners
6 Prog./3 partners
Telecom Policies
Regulatory Issues
SPECTROCAN
Regulatory Issues
ALCATEL
Business management
INT
Business management
IIT
New Technologies
ALCATEL
New Technologies
INT
Spectrum Management
IIT
5 Prog./5 partners
IP Awareness
Rural Connectivity
Rural Connectivity
CTO
SPECTROCAN
Regulatory Issues
INT
Business management
ALCATEL
New Technologies
Africa
IIT
Spectrum Management
Rural Connectivity
Source UIT/HRD
CoE
CoE
AFR
-
E
HRD/ITU Dakar
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7. Implementation of regional initiatives
  • Identification of projects
  • Regional or subregional nature
  • Quality of project
  • Financing
  • Planning - Implementation - Evaluation

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  • The focal points for project identification
    within the framework of the specified initiatives
    are the ITU Area Offices for Africa
  • Addis Ababa
  • Dakar
  • Harare
  • Yaoundé

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