Vanuatu nominated to host ITU-GSR 2019

(l-r) Pacific Group Limited Consultant, Fred Samuel, Utilities Regulatory Authority (URA) Executive Commissioner John Obed and John Jack from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) 

Vanuatu is the first nominated country in the Pacific to host the International Telecommunication Union – Global Symposium for Regulators (ITU-GSR19).

The Government of Vanuatu has signed a contract with the ITU to host the next GSR in Port Vila at Warwick Le Lagon on 9-12th July 2019.

 GSR is a global event, which will bring together heads of national telecom/ICT regulatory authorities from around the world to share their views and experiences on the most pressing regulatory issues they have identified.

The government has also appointed a task force, a team of senior officials led by the Telecommunications Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator (TRBR) to coordinate the grand event.

The event will feature dynamic regulators dialogue and pre-meetings on Cybersecurity, Digital Finance, Emergency Telecommunications, and many more discussions from ITU members to share their views on major issues facing the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Sector.

In terms of budget funding, since our country will be hosting the event, the Government has yet to pay its bonds towards ITU, an equivalent amount of Vt65 million.

Strategically, hosting an international UN regulatory event has its benefits. It will increase Vanuatu’s visibility and its Government’s integrity and credibility at an international level, it will promote citizens' resilient way of interaction and behaviour, attract and maintain international Government to Government relationships as well as attracting donor partners into the region.

Three Global Entity Regulators have confirmed their attendance to the event, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from the United States, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) a UK communications regulator and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

In 2018, the ITU-GSR18 was held at Geneva, Switzerland. 

Vanuatu has actively been involved and participating in the GSR discussion sessions and importantly the ITU-D Organised International Regulatory Best Practices Guidelines since 2011.

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