5-day Asia-Pacific Regulators roundtable conference-2016 to start from July 18

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ISLAMABAD, July 15 (APP): The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) will host
a five-day annual Asia-Pacific Regulators conference-2016 here, starting from July 18.

Announcing the conference schedule in a news conference, PTA Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah said that holding of such an international moot was a great honour for Pakistan. “This is being held for the first time in Pakistan.”

The conference is consisted of two sessions titled “ITU-PTA
Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable Conference” and the “ITU-PTA International Training Program (ITP) 2016,” in which representatives from 23 countries will participate.

Secretary-General ITU Houlin Zhao, Minister of State of
Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman, representatives from telecom mobile operators, internet service providers, academic institutions, banks, ICT entrepreneurs, and commercial companies will attend the inaugural session on July 18, the chairman said.

He said the roundtable conference would be held from July 18 to 19, while the training session would last for three days from July 20 to 22.

The conference, Dr Ismail said, would provide  telecommunication and ICT regulators an effective platform to foster dynamic and strategic discussions, sharing information, relevant experiences and practices with the participants.

Besides, it would help hold a constructive debate on possible
solutions and opportunities for potential collaboration to address emerging regulatory issues and challenges.

Whereas, he said, the training program would help build skills
to address the policy and regulatory issues in the era beyond
convergence of telecommunications, information technology.

In particular, the event will focus on the implications of a
smartly digital society for collaborative regulation, he said adding “the training program will highlight the building blocks required to ensure regulatory measures remain relevant and appropriate for the new environment.

“It will bring together international experiences in this area
with a focus on Pakistan’s experiences and the lessons learnt,” he maintained.

The chairman said some of the key topics that would be taken up in the training session were broadband for networked society, digital financial inclusion and mobile apps, cyber security, consumer protection and quality of service, OTT players: challenges and opportunities, regulatory impact assessment, spectrum management and ICT for Persons with disabilities and women empowerment.

Meanwhile, the chairman advised the consumers to lodge
complaints against telecom mobile operators and internet service providers, if any, at http://www.pta.gov.pk/, complaint@pta.gov.pk, toll free number 0800-55055, SMS short code :8866, Fax number 051-2878127, telephone number 051-9225325 and through postal mail at PTA
HQs, Sector F-5/1, Islamabad.