ITU and INDOTEL sign cooperation agreement
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 24 October 2014 signed a framework cooperation agreement with the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL).
The agreement was signed on the sidelines of ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference taking place in Busan, South Korea.
Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau signed on behalf of the organization while Alejandro Jiménez, Executive Director of The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL) signed on behalf of Mr Gedeón Santos, Chairman of INDOTEL.
“The Telecommunication Development Bureau is committed to translating words into action,” said Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). “We welcome this agreement: it is by implementing projects that we see the actual impact of technologies and ICTs on people’s lives.”
“This agreement will focus on three main projects that are of utmost importance to sustain the development of ICTs and to use them for the benefit of the population in need”, stated Mr. Jiménez.
These projects aim at reviewing and advising the Dominican telecommunications legal framework, including its laws which date from 1998, and the concessions and licenses to operate public telecommunication services; preparing a national plan of telecommunications for emergencies, and working with the academia and universities to increase their participation in the telecommunication/ICT sector.
The agreement defines the conditions, terms and general provisions that will govern the implementation of technical cooperation projects between ITU and INDOTEL.
INDOTEL is the national regulatory agency created by the General Telecommunications Law (153-98) that regulates and supervises the development of the telecommunications market. Its mission is “to regulate and promote the provision of telecommunications services for the benefit of society, in a context of free, fair and effective competition”.