WTO Basic Telecommunications Negotiations: 10th Anniversary Symposium 20-21 February 2008

The symposium commemorates the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the 4th Protocol of the GATS, more commonly known as the Basic Telecommunications Agreement. The two day event highlights the transformation of telecommunications over the past decade and the regulatory challenges governments have faced.  It also explores the broader implications for the ICT sector, trade, economic development and growth, and prospects for the future.

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The Symposium features presentations from government trade negotiators and telecommunications regulators, international organizations, industry representatives and academics. Speakers will offer insights on commercial and regulatory trends in telecommunications and ICT, implementation challenges faced by regulators, benefits of reforms for economic development and society at large, and recent developments in ICT-enabled services that reforms have made more tradable today. Future challenges will also be addressed, in terms of implications of convergence and new technologies as well as implications for negotiations on further liberalization of the sector.

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Wednesday 20 February 2008


Opening session:

Moderator: H.E. Mr. C. Trevor Clarke, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the WTO

Welcome and Keynote address:
Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General, WTO
> Press release
> DG's welcome and keynote address

Opening Remarks:
Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, ITU
> Speech
Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Acting Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Audio: Opening Session   > help 


Panel A: Telecommunications and ICT Economic and commercial trends
Moderator: Dr. Tracy Cohen, Commissioner, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel A


Panel B: Reflections on the BTA negotiations — Challenges for current negotiations
Moderator: Mr. David Hartridge, White and Case International Trade, Geneva

  • Mr. Karl Falkenberg, Deputy Director General, DG Trade, European Commission

  • Mr. Clovis Baptista, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL)

  • Mr. Donald Abelson, Member, Sudbury International LLC, United States

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel B


Panel C: Regulatory challenges and best practices


Segment 1 — Moderator: Mr. Bill Scott, Director Trade Policy, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Australia

  • Dr Ahmad HIASAT, CEO, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Jordan
    > Presentation

  • Mr. José Alfredo Rizek Vidal, Executive Director, INDOTEL, Dominican Republic

  • Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Executive, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Nepal
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Po-Chou LIANG, Senior Engineer, NCC, Chinese Taipei
    > Presentation

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel  C — Segment 1


Segment 2 — Moderator: Mr. Harald Andreassen, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

  • Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Nigeria
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Shun Sakurai, Director General, Policy Coordination, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan
    > Presentation

  • Mr. SO Tat Foon, Assistant Director, Office of the Telecommunications Authority, Hong Kong, China
    > Presentation

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel  C — Segment 2


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Panel D: Positive network effects of expanding telecommunications services and networks: economic opportunity, growth and social benefits
Moderator: Ms. Shaista Sohail, Economic Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the WTO

  • Economic contribution of mobile communications: Mrs. Harriet Berg, Vice President Governmental Relations;  Head of Brussels Office, Telenor
    > Presentation

  • Health sector implications: Mr. Toby Simon CEO, Synergia, Bangalore, India
    > Presentation

  • Environmental impact:  Mr. Tony Warren, Executive Director for Regulatory Affairs, Telstra, Australia
    > Presentation
    > Report: Towards a High-Bandwidth, Low-Carbon Future

  • Economic and social benefits: Ms. Zainab Hussain Siddiqui, Senior Project Manager, Ministry of Information Technology, Pakistan
    > Presentation

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel D


Panel E:  Corporate perspective on developments in telecommunications markets
Moderator: Mr. Carlos López Blanco, Director, International Office, Telefónica, Spain
> Presentation

  • Mr. Srinivasa Addepalli, Senior Vice President, Tata Communications, India
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Gordon Moir, Vice President, British Telecom, United Kingdom
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Eric Loeb, Vice President, International External and Regulatory Affairs AT&T Services, United States
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Michael O'Connor, Investment and Business Development Officer, Orascom Telecom, Egypt

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel E


Panel F: Cross-cutting impact of reform — benefits of a liberalized telecommunications market to other industries
Moderator: Mr. Jonathan McHale, Deputy Assistant USTR, Telecommunications and E-commerce, Office of the United States Trade Representative

  • Outsourcing: Dr. Krishna Mukund Oolun, Executive Director, ICT Authority, Mauritius
    > Presentation

  • E-agriculture: Mr. Daniel Annerose, CEO/Directeur Général, Manobi S.A., Senegal
    > Presentation

  • Computer services: Mr. Gaurav Singh, Senior Manager, NASSCOM, India
    > Presentation

  • Infrastructure investment: Dr. Robert Pepper, Senior Managing Director, Global Advanced Technology Policy, CISCO Systems, Inc, United States
    > Presentation

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel F


Panel G: Regulatory challenges in addressing new and emerging services, technologies, and e-commerce
Moderator: Ms. Jacquelynn Ruff, Vice President, International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon, United States

  • Dr. Tim Kelly, Head, Standardization Policy Division, ITU-T
    > Presentation
    > World Information Society 2007

  • Mr. Clovis Baptista, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL)
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Christodoulos Protopapas, Managing Director, HellasSat; Representative, European Satellite Operators Association, Greece
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Nicklas Lundblad, European Policy Manager, Google Nordics
    > Presentation

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel G


Panel H: Challenges for future trade in telecommunications — WTO implications
Moderator: Mr. Harsha V. Singh, Deputy Director-General, WTO

  • Dr. Peter F. Cowhey, Associate Vice Chancellor — International Affairs, Dean, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, United States
    > Presentation

  • Mr. Muhammad Hanafiah Abdul Rashid, Director — International, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
      Video: Mobile phones
    > Presentation

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> Biographies: Moderator and speakers Panel H

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