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New Directions for Growth, Regulation and Policy: Broadband and Mobile for the Western CIS Region

June 12, 2012 - June 15, 2012

Chisinau, Moldova

Categories: Workshop

The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Moldova are pleased to announce a four-day ICT policy workshop for government officials and business leaders on New Directions for Growth, Regulation, Public Policy: Broadband and Mobile for the Western CIS Region, to be held in Chisinau, Moldova from June 12-15, 2012.

The growth of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is a critical engine for trade, growth and competitiveness. Yet the development of ICT infrastructure sometimes accelerates ahead of the policymaking and regulatory environment. Governments are now tasked with the policy challenge of encouraging a more competitive ICT market and with providing a stable, innovation-friendly framework and legislative initiatives to support business and consumer needs.

Ideal participants are public officials, regulators and business leaders with experience or interest in developing policy vision, skills sets, and institutional design in the ICT field, as well as regulatory toolkits for development. The workshop will consist of two separate components: a fundamentals course, and an advanced topics course, with a total time of 4 days. We would hope that you can participate in the full 4 days of the course, but depending on your knowledge of the subject and your availability, you are welcome to participate in only the fundamentals course or the advanced course.

The workshop will be led by international trainers Judith Hellerstein and Sofia Mendoza, alongside regional and local experts.

  • Judith Hellerstein is the President of Hellerstein & Associates, an ICT consulting group specializing in policy consulting, regulatory reform and capacity building, e-government assessment, convergence and its impact on regulatory frameworks, and in evaluation & assessment of the broadband marketplace. She has also organized workshops and trainings on competition policy, liberalization, convergence, e-government, e-Commerce, and the impact of disruptive technologies, and broadband policy issues for regulators and other high-level government officials in the US, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Sofia Abraham Mendoza is an international consultant and one of the lead trainers for IP3 on their Next Generation Technology Seminar and has trained regulators on a variety of Telecom issues such as trends in ICT, competition, convergence on the regulatory framework. Sofia is currently the Managing Director at GlobeInvent, an international non-profit dedicated to bring technological and scientific innovations to market.

The topics of the courses to be taught during the workshop include:

Fundamentals Courses (June 12-13)

  • Effective leadership for policymakers, regulatory officials, and business professionals
  • Development of National Broadband Strategies
  • Funding for ICT and Broadband development and deployment
  • Institutional design and processes: Upgrading institutions for a more effective ICT policy

Advanced Courses (June 14-15)

  • Regulation & Competition Issues
  • Regulation of spectrum management, digital migration and digital divide
  • Open Access and Infrastructure sharing
  • Tools for e-Leaders, e-Government tools, Open Government plans, and governance issues
  • Internet Governance
  • Cyber Crime

For those participants who are based outside of Moldova or outside of Chisinau, all travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the program and arranged by the organizers.

To apply, please send a brief statement of interest as well as a basic CV to Vitalie Tarlev at the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (vitalie.tarlev@mtic.gov.md). Application materials can be in Russian or English.  Please also indicate in your email whether you are registering for the full course of the workshop (fundamentals and advanced), only the fundamentals, or only the advanced workshop days.  

The deadline to apply is May 28, 2012.