Last week, ITU and the Eastern Partnership Electronic Communications Regulators Network (EaPeReg) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a high-level framework of cooperation in the area of information and communications technology (ICT) between the two organizations.
The EaPeReg is an independent platform of National Regulatory Authorities for Electronic Communications Networks and Services of Eastern Partnership (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
ITU and EaPeReg have common goals, like creating an enabling environment for telecommunications/ICT development, promoting investment and innovation in ICT infrastructures and services.
This agreement will enable the sharing of global and regional perspectives through EaPeReg’s enhanced participation in relevant regional regulatory and economic meetings and ITU Study Groups and Focus Groups, as well as ITU-D’s flagship event, the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR).
Through EaPeReg’s expert technical contributions, it will also aid countries covered by ITU’s Europe Office in their effort to align and harmonize with EU telecom regulations.
“Now more than ever, ITU and EaPeReg can make a difference in people’s lives in CIS and all around the world,” said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao.
Digital transformation and the SDGs
The agreement will also strengthen the implementation of the ITU Regional Initiatives for Europe and CIS, that among other things, aims to foster an enabling policy and regulatory environment conducive to sustainable telecommunication/ICT development.
Sharing experiences and building national capacities based on international experiences can also help drive the digital transformation needed to accelerate the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Collaborative, cross-sector regulation is the best and quickest way to leverage digital transformation, and deliver meaningful connectivity and inclusive digital markets.
The recently published ITU Regulatory Outlook 2020 benchmarks regulation across 193 countries worldwide and offers an objective perspective on the latest trends driving ICT policy and regulation.
It introduces the concept of ‘regulation generations’ to help stakeholders analyse their regulatory frameworks – from the ‘command and control’ approach of Generation 1 (G1) regulation, to a collaborative and harmonized approach in fifth generation (G5) regulation.
According to the report, Europe leads other regions; 10 countries in Europe have already achieved G5 status and 28 are listed in G4.