Best Practice Guidelines in support of ICT development - cooperation of Poland as the GSR13 ambassador with the African region - UKE

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Best Practice Guidelines in support of ICT development - cooperation of Poland as the GSR13 ambassador with the African region

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The African Forum on Best Practices in ICT and ITU IMPACT meetings attended by the Polish delegation took place on 9-12 October 2013 in Burkina Faso.


Poland as the host country of the 2013 Global Symposium for Regulators was invited to participate in the event with the President of the Office of Electronic Communications Magdalena Gaj to present Best Practice Guidelines adopted during the GSR13 to the Forum's participants.

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GSR13 Best Practice Guidelines Presentation by Magdalena Gaj - Photo UKE

Poland was the first EU Member State to host the Global Symposium for Regulators, which was attended by nearly 700 representatives of the governments, regulatory authorities and institutions responsible for ICT from almost all over the world. Magdalena Gaj as the GSR13 Chair coordinated the agenda and work which resulted in common agreement on recommended best regulatory practices for ICT development (Best Practice Guidelines). The Symposium participants also decided to entrust the President of UKE with the title of the world's ambassador of regulatory authorities responsible for electronic communications, whose tasks include promoting the outputs contained in the GSR13 Best Practice Guidelines.

This time, the initiative and invitation addressed to Poland by the authorities of the International Telecommunication Union as well as the President and Government of Burkina Faso facilitated the presentation of this document to the countries in the African region. This is even more important when we take into account that the countries in this area require particular attention as they need to implement solutions for telecommunications market regulation or access to the Internet that are based on best quality and accessibility standards.

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Familiy Photo - Photo UKE

In addition to the presentation of the outcomes of the Global Symposium for Regulators and participation in the African Forum, the Polish delegation held a number of bilateral meetings, including with the ministers and heads of regional associations:

• Mr Soumalia Abdoulkarim, Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union;
• Mr Jean Koulidiati, Minister for Development and the Digital Economy of Burkina Faso;
• Mr Cheikh Bamba Dieye, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy of Senegal;
• Mr Yunus Carrim, Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa;
• Mr Carmelo Martin Modu Ebuca, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Transport, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications of Equatorial Guinea,
as well as representatives of the remaining governments of African states in charge of telecommunications.

The purpose of bilateral meetings was to take common action with respect to the implementation of organizational and technical solutions which should facilitate the measures relating to ICT taken by particular states. The bilateral talks also touched upon mutual cooperation within the International Telecommunication Union and on using Poland's capacity and experience with a view to including African countries in global e-society and acceleration of ICT development in this region.


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