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1 December 2004
WTO TRAINING COURSES

First ITU-WTO Workshop for regulators on telecom & ICT takes place in Geneva

Forty-four officials from WTO Member and Observer governments and ITU Member States started a five-day training course on the WTO obligations and commitments relating to regulation of the Telecom and ICT sector. 

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The week-long specialized training workshop was jointly organized by the WTO and the IT Bureau for Telecommunication Development. Participants from regulatory authorities will have the opportunity to learn more about the WTO rules that affect their work and participate in practical, interactive exercises on how to apply these rules.

The course starts with an introduction to the GATS with a particular focus on the provisions most relevant to telecommunications. Participants are also given an overview of other WTO agreements that deal with certain aspects of the sector, such as the Information Technology Agreement, the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade and the Government Procurement Agreement. ITU also presents detailed information on its activities and resources in the areas of effective regulation, interconnection, universal access, and spectrum management. Participants are then engaged in interactive exercises (including a dispute settlement simulation) which allow them to develop practical knowledge and skills in relation to the various aspects of telecom and ICT regulation in the WTO context. The workshop concludes with a multi-agency roundtable discussion on the role of telecom regulation in effective ICT strategies and an update on developments in negotiations on telecommunications under the aegis of the Doha Development Agenda.

  

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Afghanistan

Mr. Mohammad Naser NASERI

Ministry of Communications of Afghanistan

Armenia

Mr Vahagn TSATURYAN

Public Services Regulatory Commission

Mr. Avetis HOVHANISSYAN

Ministry of Trade and Economic Development

Bahrain

Mr. Hebaishi RADHI

Ministry of Transportation - Telecommunications Directorate

Botswana

Mr. Martin MOKGWARE

BotswanaTelecom Authority

Mr. Michael LEBURU

BotswanaTelecom Authority

Belarus

Mr. Leanid FIADOTAU

Ministry of Communications and Informatization

Bhutan

Mr Kezang KEZANG

BhutanCommunications Authority

Brunei Darussalam

Mr Hairul Mohd Daud Haji Abdul Karim

Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry AITI

Chile

Ms. Lorena Pi˝eiro

Under-Secretariat of Telecommunications

China

Mr Yuchun SHI

Ministry of Information Industry

Mr Xuefei WANG

Ministry of Information Industry

Colombia

Mr. Carlos HERRERA

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission

Costa Rica

Mr. Roberto ECHANDI

Ministry of Foreign Trade

Egypt

Mr. Amr Hashem

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Mr. Wesam Mohamed EL SEDIK

National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority

Guinea

Mr. Ibrahima Sory Keita

Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications

Iran

Mr. Madood KAMALI ARDAKANI

Ministry of Commerce

Mr. M. SHAMSOLAHRAR

Ministry of ICT

Jamaica

Mr. J. Paul MORGAN

Office of Utilities Regulation

Kazakhstan

Ms. Irina TURGUNBAYEVA

Agency for Informatization and Communication

Kenya

Mr. Charles NJOROGE

Communications Commission of Kenya

Mr. Christopher KEMEI

Communications Commission of Kenya

Lesotho

Mrs Thakane CHIMAMBE

LesothoTelecommunications Authority

Mr. Morehela POSHOLI

LesothoTelecommunications Authority

Malaysia

Ms. Anna Amalina Imam BAWEH

Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications

Mexico

Ms. Maria Alicia JUNCO ESTEBAN

Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel)

Ms. Liz AngÚlica MORA FLORES

Federal Telecommunications Commission (Cofetel)

Mongolia

Mr Enkhmend CHIMIDDORJ

Communications Regulatory Commission

Nigeria

Mr. S. ANDZENGE

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Mr. A.W. YUSUF

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

Oman

Mrs. Naashiah AL-KHARUSI

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)

Ms. Tarfah AL-SULEIMANY

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)

Romania

Ms. Alina GASNAS

National Regulatory Authority for Communications

Ms. Cristina CERCEL

National Regulatory Authority for Communications

Rwanda

Mr Faustin NTEZILYAYO

Rwanda Information Technology Agency

Samoa

Ms. Tima LEAVAISEETA

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Singapore

Mr. Ronald, J.T. TAN

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore(IDA)

Ms. Melinda TAN

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore(IDA)

Thailand

Mr. Ron SIRIVANASANDHA

Department of Trade Negotiations

Ms. Wajana CHUENTONGKAM

Post & Telegraph Department (National Telecom Commission)

Chinese Taipei

Mr. Si-Hon SU

Directorate General of Telecommunications

Turkey

Mrs. SŘkran AYTEKIN

Telecommunications Authority

Zambia

Mrs. Susan Mabaleka MULIKITA

Communications Authority

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