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On 2 April 2012 in Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan the ITU Regional Forum 2012: “Bridging the standardization gap for RCC countries” was held.

 

More than 70 representatives of nine RCC Communications Administrations: Azerbaijan Republic, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Uzbekistan and Ukraine took part at the Forum. Besides the representatives of the Republic of Bulgaria, as the RCC observer, representatives and experts from International Telecommunication Union and RCC Executive Committee also took part at the Forum.

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At the opening of the Forum the Director General of the Uzbek Agency for Communication and Informatization Mr. Khurshid M. Mirzakhidov made a speech of welcome.

He noted the importance of the standards development and expressed hopes that the results of the work of the Forum will promote to RCC Common Proposals for ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2012 development.

Director General of the RCC Executive Committee Mr. Nurudin N.Mukhitdinov, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau Mr. Malcolm Johnson and Deputy Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau Mr. Yuri G. Grin also made speeches of welcome.

Forum consisted of three sessions: “Development issues in the RCC countries”, “The ICT standardization gaps in the RCC countries” and “Overview of ITU standards activities and how to participate”.

Within the Forum the issues of the ways and means of cooperation strengthening and expansion of the RCC participants’ countries participation in the work, carried out by ITU in the field of standards development and realization were discussed.

The information on the activities of the ITU Area Office for the CIS countries in Moscow, ITU-T programs to help developing countries, overview of ITU-T Study Group Activities was submitted to the participants, the role of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group was discussed.

Every session of the Forum was full of instructive reports on topical themes, such as cybersecurity, bridging the standardization gap in the RCC countries, profiling and monitoring of multimedia content, resource-saving and stable networks for cellular communication for rural and under-populated areas, universalization of broadband access and etc.

Participants of the Forum expressed gratitude to the host party – Communications Administration of the Republic of Uzbekistan for warm reception, as well as to the International Telecommunication Union and RCC Executive Committee for organization and carrying out of the Forum.