WORK WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL
The WTO and ITU
Collaboration between WTO
and ITU is mandated in the
GATS Annex on Telecommunications para 6.
Under the cooperation agreement between
the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the WTO, the two
organizations participate as observers in each others' meetings and
collaborate at the staff level on such activities as research,
publications, conferences and workshops. For example, during 2006 the
WTO Secretariat provided technical and drafting comments on portions
of an ICT Regulation Toolkit being prepared by the ITU. Funding for
the project was provided by the World Bank-managed Information for
Developments (infoDev) donor facility. The WTO also participated in
ITU Study Groups and Expert Meetings, including, for example, one on
the regulatory implications of “next generation” IP-enabled networks.