ITU Regional Economic Dialogue on Information and Communication Technologies for Europe and CIS (RED-2019)
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in cooperation with the A.S. Popov Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine held the ITU Regional Economic Dialogue on Information and Communication Technologies for Europe and CIS (RED-2019) in Odessa, Ukraine on October 30-31, 2019.
The event was attended by over 50 people who represented 20 organizations from 12 Member-States, namely: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Lithuania, Moldova, France, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Switzerland.
RED-2019 was organized within the framework of the ITU Regional Initiative for Europe on Broadband infrastructure, broadcasting and spectrum management and ITU Regional Initiative for CIS on Fostering innovative solutions and partnership for the implementation of IoT technologies and their interaction in telecommunication networks, adopted by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17). These Regional Initiatives aim, amongst others, at sharing country and regional best practices and case studies on regulatory and economic tools to foster dynamic market place.
RED-2019, was focused on, among other topics of interest, economic implications of future technologies and their applications to attain the Sustainable Development Goals , and the advances of regulatory costing and pricing strategies and business models in the digital economy.
The Dialogue was held in Russian and English with simultaneous interpretation.
20 report were presented at the event by the experts of international organizations, government bodies, educational institutions and public and private organizations.
During the grand opening of the Regional Economic Dialogue, welcoming speeches were made by: Petro Vorobiyenko (Rector of A.S. Popov ONAT), Jaroslaw Ponder (Head of the ITU Office for Europe), Vladimir Kolyadenko (Vice-president of the Kiev Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and Anatoly Vasiliev (Head of the department of interaction with the enterprises of the marine economy complex and communications of the Transport and Communications Infrastructure Department of the Odessa Regional State Administration).
Also, greetings on behalf of the Head of the committee on digital transformation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mykhailo Kryachko, and on behalf of the Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine Oleksandr Bornyakov were read out for the participants.
During the first day of work (October 30, 2019), 13 reports were presented, within three sessions:
– Session 1 «Policy, regulatory and economic approaches for digital ecosystem – towards SDG» (moderator – Vadym Kaptur):
– Session 2: «Incentives to foster investment and business opportunities for digital services» (moderator – Farid Nakhli):
– Session 3 «Advances of regulatory costing and pricing strategies in the Digital Economy» (moderator – Joaquin Restrepo).
During the second day of work (October 31, 2019), 7 reports were presented, within one session:
– Session 4 «Development and sharing of infrastructure – economic and regulatory impact» (moderator – Yauheni Salauyou):
Also on that day (October 31, 2019) the round table “Open innovation & new business models» together with ITU-D & ITU-T Study Groups Experts’ knowledge Exchange” (moderator – Jaroslaw Ponder) took place, within the framework of which the conclusions and recommendations of the event were developed.
During the closing ceremony, final remarks were made by: Petro Vorobiyenko (Rector of A.S. Popov ONAT) and Jaroslaw Ponder (Head of the ITU Office for Europe). Also, the participants of the Event were awarded with the memorable certificates signed by the Rector of the A.S. Popov ONAT.
Participants of RED-2019 noted:
1) relevance of the event;
2) practical relevance of the presented reports to international organizations, ministries and departments, institutions of higher education, research organizations, equipment manufacturers, and telecommunications operators – the event’s materials can be used by participants in their professional activities;
3) need to develop new economic approaches in the digital ecosystem aimed at achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030;
4) need to improve the process of creation of new incentives and additional values for creating a favorable investment climate in the field of digital services;
5) importance of research aimed at improving existing and creating new effective tariff setting mechanisms in telecommunications / ICTs, including the development of new strategies and tactics in setting tariffs for innovative telecommunication / ICT services;
6) need to improve the legislative framework governing the regulation of prices and tariffs in telecommunications / ICT;
7) importance of international cooperation for the exchange of experience in the field of tariffs setting;
8) practical significance of the exchange of views and experiences held during the event;
9) need to develop new, modern models and methods for the co-deployment and sharing of telecommunication / ICT infrastructure, including with transport and energy infrastructure;
10) need to step up efforts to harmonize RF-EMF exposure limits based on international guidelines as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP);
11) the benefits of commercially based infrastructure and spectrum sharing, and that the efforts to achieve greater mobile internet connectivity have to be effectively supported by regulators, policymakers and the international community;
12) need to continue the practice of holding ITU workshops, forums and conferences on tariff setting in telecommunications / ICTs.
The participants expressed their sincere gratitude to the moderators and speakers of the Event, to the management and employees of the International Telecommunication Union and to A.S. Popov Odessa National Academy of Telecommunications for the excellent organization and holding of the Regional Economic Dialogue.