International cooperation is one of the RCC priorities aimed on strengthening the authority of the RCC on the world stage.
The RCC policy in international cooperation is multifaceted and aims to protect the interests of its members and the Commonwealth as a whole.
The RCC works actively to ensure interaction between the RCC Communications Administrations in preparation and participation in major forums, development the RCC coordinated positions in the international arena, as well as defending and protecting the interests on the national and regional levels. The RCC Commissions work on preparation of the RCC Common Proposals.
The RCC Commission on International Cooperation Coordination jointly with other RCC working bodies prepare for the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, the World Conference on International Telecommunications, the World Conference on Telecommunication development, the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, the UPU Congress, as well as activities in the framework of the World Summit on Information Society.
The RCC Human Resources Development Board cooperates with ITU in preparation and professional development of the RCC CAs specialists in the field of telecommunications / ICT and postal services. On the basis of the Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics it was created and now it is operated the Regional Postal Training Center of the Universal Postal Union.
Traditionally the proposals for the ITU conferences and assemblies are sent on behalf of six major regional organizations: the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), the League of Arab States (LAS), the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the Inter-American Commission in the field of communications (CITEL), Regional Commonwealth in the field of communications (RCC).
The RCC Common Proposals have their worthy place and are highly regarded by the ITU for their careful study and novelty ideas.
All difficult issues in the ITU are to be solved at the meetings of representatives of six organizations. And at these high-level events and during preparation for them the regional organizations exchange their views and try to achieve a mutually acceptable solutions, even on the most sensitive issues.
On the election of candidates for senior positions for the ITU working bodies it is also observed an equal inter-regional approach.
The RCC representative has always a reserved chair of one of six Vice-Chairmen of all the ITU conferences and assemblies. A similar approach is used in the election of the management for Advisory Groups and Study Groups.
The Regional Commonwealth in the field of communications have signed Memorandums of Understanding and Cooperation Agreements with nine regional organizations: the Asia-Pacific Postal Union (APPU), the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), the League of Arab States (LAS), the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU), the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal (PUASP), the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), the Association of European public postal operators (PostEurop), the European Conference of postal and telecommunications administrations (CEPT) and the Inter-American Commission in the field of communications (CITEL).
Representatives of other organizations are involved at the meetings of the Commissions and the RCC Board of CAs Heads as observers, and the RCC representatives participate as observers at the meetings of other regional organizations. It allows to the RCC countries to be awared of the issues discussed and considered in other regions, to promote and explain the position of the RCC Communications Administrations.
Intensive international contacts and support from a number of regional organizations have played a significant role on the stage of preparatory work and during the UPU Congresses, the ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences, World Radiocommunication Conferences and Radiocommunication Assemblies, World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies, World Telecommunication Development Conferences as well as the World Summit on the information society, where the RCC Common Proposals for the agendas of these forums have been presented.
In accordance with the Resolution 58 of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 the RCC has received an official status in the ITU as one of six major regional telecommunication organizations. The great achievement of the joint activities of the RCC CAs at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2002 was the adoption of the Resolution on the use by the ITU from January 1, 2005 on the basis of equality the six official languages including Russian language. So, the RCC has won the right to participate equally in the work of ITU, together with other 5 regional organizations, that greatly increased the role of opportunities of the RCC participants’ countries on considering the most difficult issues of the future international forums. Between the PCC and the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in 2002 it was signed the Cooperation Agreement on the creation of the legal framework in the field of communication and information.
In this regard the urgent work of the CIS — RCC IPA Council of Experts, designed to carry out the formation of the national legal and normative-technical base of the RCC participants’ countries. According to the RCC participants’ proposals there were drafted and adopted more than 30 model laws. Developed by the IPA CIS in cooperation with the RCC the model laws become the real base that is used by the parliaments of the CIS countries.
The RCC in its international activities adheres to the principle of openness, seeks to bring new members for cooperation in the frameworks of commonwealth, develops actively the cooperation in addressing new perspective issues on integration into the global information space.
The ITU Secretary-General and the ITU Bureaus Directors consult regularly and take part at the meetings held by the RCC.