Upcoming ITU training sessions to develop practical skills in international standardization

The ITU ‘hands-on’ training sessions for standards experts from developing countries introduced in 2016 will this year become a staple of the services offered under the banner of ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) programme.

The BSG hands-on training sessions develop the practical skills necessary to draft and present contributions to ITU standardization meetings, lead collaborative work, gain support for proposals, and build the consensus essential to ITU decision-making.

In the words of Kwame Baah-Acheamfour, Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 12 (Performance, QoS and QoE), “These training sessions are the place to learn the language of the standardization world and the rules of procedure that standards experts should keep in mind when contributing to ITU standardization processes.”

February-March schedule of BSG hands-on training sessions

The training sessions are held in conjunction with meetings of ITU’s standardization expert groups (ITU-T Study Groups) as well as Regional Groups within ITU-T Study Groups. ITU also organizes these training sessions on the request of ITU members.

  • 3 February, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe: Regional Group for Africa within ITU-T Study Group 3 (Economic and policy issues)
  • 7 February, ITU Headquarters, Geneva: ITU-T Study Group 11 (Protocols and test specifications) and ITU-T Study Group 13 (Future networks)
  • 6 March, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: ITU Regional Standardization Forum for the Americas
  • 7 March, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Regional Group for Latin America and the Caribbean within ITU-T Study Group 3 (Economic and policy issues) and Regional Group for the Americas within ITU-T Study Group 2 (Operational aspects)
  • 20 March, ITU Headquarters, Geneva: ITU-T Study Group 17 (Security)
  • 28 March, ITU Headquarters, Geneva: ITU-T Study Group 2 (Operational aspects)

To learn more about the content of the training sessions or request the organization of a training session in your region, please contact tsbbsg@itu.int.

ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap programme

One of ITU’s core strategic objectives is to assist developing countries in drawing maximum possible value from their participation in ITU standardization. This assistance is fundamental to ITU’s mission as an organization: ITU aims to bring cohesion to the innovation of the ICT community, providing an equitable basis for ICT development worldwide.

The new hands-on training sessions add to a portfolio of ITU services tailored to standards experts from developing countries. These services include fellowships providing financial support to delegates from certain eligible countries, assistance in establishing national standardization secretariats, and regional events to build capacity in the development and implementation of technical standards.

Learn more about ITU’s Bridging the Standardization Gap programme…

Watch the video below to see what participants have had to say about their experiences with the BSG hands-on training sessions.

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