The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) is an annual event that brings together heads of national regulatory authorities from both developed and developing countries and has earned a reputation as the global venue for regulators to share their views and experiences as part of the worldwide community of regulators. The meeting fosters an open dialogue between regulators and key ICT stakeholders: the private sector, investors and consumers.
This year's theme is "Six Degrees of Sharing: Innovative infrastructure sharing and open access strategies to promote affordable access for all". Participants will discuss and debate a range of sharing strategies that have been grouped under six categories:
- Basic/Passive Infrastructure Sharing
- Open Access to International Capacity
- Business Sharing Regulation
- Active Infrastructure Sharing
- End-user Sharing
- Policy and Regulatory Harmonization
During the conference, participants will have an opportunity to preview the infoDev-ITU Regulatory Toolkit final module on Universal Access (Module 4), which is expected to be online by June 2008.
In addition, infoDev will hold closed-door consultations with senior regulators on the design and roll-out of the Global Capacity Building Initiative for Regulators (GCBI), an infoDev, World Bank, and ITU initiative that aims to build on the highly success ICT Regulation Toolkit, which infoDev and ITU launched in 2005. The objective of this initiative is to improve access to training materials on key policy and regulatory issues in the ICT sector in less developed countries.
For more information on the GCBI Initiative, please contact Boutheina Guermazi at the World Bank.
For more information on GSR08, visit www.itu.int/gsr08.
Speaker presentations and reference materials will be available after the training at infoDev-ITU's ICT Regulation Toolkit at www.ictregulationtoolkit.org.