ITU-D Study Group 1 meeting held in Geneva

STUDYGROUP1The second meeting of the ITU-D Study Group 1 for the 2014-2017 study period was held in Geneva from 14 to 18 September 2015.

The work of ITU-D Study Group 1 covers the enabling environment for the development of telecommunications/ICTs.

Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) said, “study groups are a global pool of expertise and resources from which every country can benefit, regardless of the level of development and income.” He added, “year after year we are receiving a large number of excellent contributions on the various questions and I have no doubt that they will lead to high-quality outputs.”

“The work being done by ITU-D Study Groups is building on the momentum towards the World Telecommunication Development Conference in 2017,”observed Mr Sanou.

In her opening remarks, Ms Roxanne McElvane, Chairman of Study Group 1 highlighted the work being done by the ITU-D study groups and in particular their contribution towards the development of ICTs in the developing world. “ITU-D study groups are a catalyst. The wide range of expertise they bring together is a clear indication that it takes a global dialogue to solve these issues,” she said.

215 participants including more than 150 Member States and about 60 participants from Sector Members, Academia and Associates attended the meeting.

Also on the agenda was a Global Dialogue on International Mobile Roaming, held on Friday 18 September. Under the theme, “Let’s roam the world” the meeting provided participants with an opportunity to engage with internationally renowned experts and panelists, exchange views and experiences and identify common approaches to respond efficiently to the challenges of international mobile roaming.

Participants adopted a roadmap to assist in developing best practice guidelines and recommendations for the International Mobile Roaming market.

During the course of the week, several ITU-D Members also exhibited innovative ICT applications which are being used to improve people’s lives in different parts of the world. The exhibits which were linked to various study questions, featured ICT accessibility for persons living with disability, e-learning and smart agricultural solutions.

ITU-D Study Groups provide an opportunity for all Member States and Sector Members (including Associates and Academia) to share experiences, present ideas, exchange views, and achieve consensus on appropriate strategies to address ICT priorities. They are responsible for developing Reports, Guidelines, and Recommendations based on input received from the membership. Information is gathered through surveys, contributions and case studies.

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