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WTDC Resolution 15

WTDC RESOLUTION 15 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Applied research and transfer of technology

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010),

  • recalling
    • a)Resolution 15 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference;
    • b)the Tunis Commitment, recognizing the principles of universal, non-discriminatory, equitable and affordable access to information and communication technology (ICT) for all nations and all persons everywhere (see §§ 15, 18 and 19);
    • c)Resolution 64 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on non-discriminatory access to modern telecommunication/ICT facilities and services,
  • recognizing
    • a)that many countries would benefit from technology transfer in a wide range of fields;
    • b)that joint ventures can be effective means of technology transfer;
    • c)that seminars and training conducted by various countries as well asby international and regional organizations have contributed to the transfer of technology, and hence to the development of ICT networks in the region;
    • d)that providers of ICT equipment and services are important partners inensuring the flow of technology to developing countries and that they are ready to enter freely into such arrangements;
    • e)that applied research is a promising activity for developing countries;
    • f)that a great number of engineers originally from developing countries contribute to applied research in developed countries;
    • g)that research institutes indeveloped countries have substantial human and material resources compared todeveloping countries;
    • h)that a relationship of partnership and cooperation between applied research centres and laboratories improves technology transfer,
  • resolves
    • 1 that, based on agreement among parties concerned, transfer of technology in the area of telecommunications/ICT, which is ofbenefit to developing countries1 , should be enhanced as much as possible, in respect of conventional technology as well as new technologies and services;
      • 1 These include the least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
    • 2 that developing and developed countries should continue to cooperatethrough exchanges of experts, the organization of seminars, specialized workshops and meetings, networking of telecommunication applied research institutions by means of teleconferencing, etc.;
    • 3 that recipient countries should systematically and fully utilize technology transfers in their countries,
  • instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • in cooperation with international, regional and subregional organizationsconcerned, taking into account the documents adopted by the first and second phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS):
    • 1 to continue to hold specialized seminars, workshops or training in the field of telecommunications/ICTs in order to raise the technological level in developing countries;
    • 2 to continue to promote the exchange of information among international organizations, donor countries and recipient countries on transfer of technology, by assisting them in setting up cooperative networks between telecommunication research institutes in developing countries and developed countries;
    • 3 to assist in the elaboration of terms ofreference guaranteeing technology transfer;
    • 4 to continue to develop handbooks in the area of technology transfer;
    • 5 to ensure that these handbooks are disseminated to developing countries and that users are properly initiated in their use;
    • 6 to encourage the organization of specialized workshops in developing countries by research institutes from developed countries;
    • 7 to give financial support to research institutes in developing countries so as to enable them to attend well-known research meetings and workshops;
    • 8 to establish a model contract for use by research institutes specifying partnership arrangements between them;
    • 9 to encourage the admission of academic institutions, universities and their associated research establishments in the work of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector as Sector Members or Associates, at a reduced level offinancial contribution, particularly academic institutions of developing countries,
  • invites developing countries
    • to continue establishing new ICT research projects and to submit them to existing applied research institutes in order to facilitate cooperation with other research institutes indeveloped countries,
  • invites telecommunication equipment and service providers
    • pursuant to the Geneva Declaration of Principles of the first phase of WSIS and the Tunis Commitment of the second phase, to make relevant new technologies and know-how available to their customers in developing countries on a voluntary basis and/or in accordance with sound commercial principles,
  • appeals to international organizations and donor countries
    • to assist the developing countries in exploring ways and means of improving technology transfer and developing ICT applied research centres and laboratories, including technical and financial assistance.

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