India to Host ITU Regional Standardization Forum for Asia and Oceania

Article By : PIB India

India's Ministry of Communication is hosting ITU's Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) for Asia and Oceania region.

As a part of the celebrations during Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India’s Ministry of Communication is hosting the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Regional Standardization Forum (RSF) for Asia and Oceania region today, August 8, 2022, in New Delhi. With the theme “Regulatory and Policy Aspects of Telecommunications/ICTs,” the forum will be succeeded by four-day meeting of ITU-T Study Group 3 Regional Group Asia and Oceania (ITU-T SG3RG-AO) from August 9–12, 2022.

The RSF will be inaugurated by Shri Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Communications.

The forum is a platform for constructive exchange of ideas, discussing standardization topics including inter alia India’s experience in various sectors of technology like sustainable digital transformation and the role of ITU standards; harnessing technologies for digital and financial inclusion in emerging markets; and evolving data value chain and digital health. The panel discussion aims to provide an insight to Asia and Oceania Region’s experience from policy and regulatory perspective under various sub-themes. The RSF will be addressed by 15 eminent speakers, including representation from academia, international organizations, ICT sector and government of India. Participation in the Forum is open to ITU member states, sector members, associates, and academic institutions, and to any individual from a country which is a member of ITU who wishes to contribute to the ITU work. This includes individuals who are also members of international, regional, and national organizations. Over 250 delegates from 20 countries will participate in RSF. The key takeaways from the deliberations in the RSF will be presented in succeeding meeting of the ITU-T Regional Group of Asia and Oceania for further work on standardization in the emerging areas.

The Department of Telecommunications will also host an exhibition at the same venue to showcase various innovative digital products and services of India.

Meanwhile, ITU-T Study Group 3 Regional Group Asia and Oceania (ITU-T SG3RG-AO) meeting is open for member states and sector members of ITU-T and over 130 participants will contribute in the meeting. The meeting of Regional Group Asia and Oceania is taking place in physical mode after a gap of three years due to CoVID-19. The objective of this meeting is to contribute towards standardization work of ITU-T Study Group 3 and also to secure the interest of Asia and Oceania region.

The meeting will begin by a “Bridging the Standardization Gap” training on “Effectiveness in Standardization” workshop for capacity building of the delegates participating in the Regional Group meeting. This will be led by Dr. Bilel Jamoussi, Head of the study groups, ITU Geneva. Apart from the ITU team from Geneva HQ, events will also be attended by Atsuka Okuda, Director of the ITU Regional office for Asia and Pacific.


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