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WTSA Resolution 59

WTSA RESOLUTION 59 (Rev. Dubai, 2012)

Enhancing participation of telecommunication operators from developing countries

The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (Dubai, 2012),

  • recognizing
    • a) that the participation by operators from developing countries in standardization activities is weak;
    • b) that the majority of these operators are subsidiaries of developed countries’ telecommunication companies which are Sector Members;
    • c) that the strategic objectives of Sector Members from developed countries participating in activities of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) do not necessarily include the participation of their subsidiary entities;
    • d) that those developing countries’ telecommunication operators are placing particular emphasis on information and communication technology (ICT) operation and infrastructure deployment, to the disadvantage of standardization activities;
    • e) that the Plenipotentiary Conference adopted Resolution 170 (Guadalajara, 2010), on the impact of ITU Recommendations on the activities of Sector Members,
  • taking into account
    • the strategic plan of the Union adopted in both Resolution 71 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) and Resolution 123 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) of the Plenipotentiary Conference,
  • considering
    • a) that developing countries would benefit from effective participation by their operators in ITU-T activities;
    • b) that this participation by the operators would contribute to enhancing capacity building in the developing countries, increase their competitiveness, and support innovation in the markets of developing countries,
  • resolves to invite the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
    • 1 to encourage Sector Members from the developed countries to promote the participation in ITU-T activities of their subsidiaries installed in developing countries;
    • 2 to develop mechanisms to support the effective participation by telecommunication operators from developing countries in standardization activities;
    • 3 to raise the awareness of the developing countries regarding the benefits of participation and of becoming an ITU-T Sector Member and/or Associate,
  • invites Member States
    • to encourage their Sector Members to participate in ITU-T activities.

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