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OEA/Ser.G  CE/GCI-118/97rev. 1 add. 1
19 March 1998
Original: Spanish

SUMMARY OF CITEL ACTIVITIES IN FOLLOW-UP TO THE MIAMI SUMMIT FROM DECEMBER 1, 1997, THROUGH FEBRUARY 28, 1998
[Document presented by the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL)]


Organización de los Estados Americanos
Organizacáo dos Estados Americanos
Organization des États Américains
Organization of American States
17th and Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006

Inter-American Telecommunication Commission

Date: February 21, 1998

Excellency:

I have the honor of addressing Your Excellency and, on behalf of the Chair of COM/CITEL, of attaching hereto the updated information on execution of the initiatives contained in the Miami Plan of Action. The information covers the period from December 1, 1997, through February 28, 1998.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.

Roberto Blois
Executive Secretary
CITEL

Ambassador Carlos Portales, Permanent Mission of Chile to the Organization of American States (OAS)


From December 1 through 5, 1997, the Permanent Executive Committee of CITEL held its, fifth meeting. Salient among the decisions reached are the following (concerning implementation of the Miami Plan of Action):

Preparation of proposals at the regional level for the Second World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), to be held in Malta in March 1998.

The WTDC is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The main objectives are to, study telecommunications topics in the policy, operational, regulatory, technical, and financial areas and to mobilize resources to faster the development of telecommunications. The Conference is expected to, adopt global objectives and strategies adapted to the different regions, including objectives, priorities, and a medium-term work program for the 1999-2003 period.

To outline the relationship between the results of this Conference and the mandates of the Miami Summit, a list of topics identified as priorities for the region is presented below:

Item 1 Formulating plans for the development of telecommunications in low income rural and urban areas

Item 2 Human resource development

Item 3 Management of the radiocommunication spectrum

Item 4 Method used in developing a complete interconnection

Item 5 Regional integration through project identification

Item 6 GMPC implementation methods

Item 7 Use of telecommunications to, protect human life and public safety and security in the event of a disaster

Item 8 Telecommunications support for environmental protection

Item 9 Optimizing means of interaction between the BDT and its members

Item 10 Holding a regional conference on telecommunications development in the Americas

Item 11 Strengthening the regional presence of the ITU-D in the Americas

Attainment of the region's common objectives at the WTDC-98 will strengthen regional development of telecommunications and thus expedite achievement of the Summit's objectives.

In the context of a global information infrastructure and the, need to publicize the nature of that infrastructure and its stages of development in the region, it was decided that a white paper on the, subject would be prepared, with the first draft presented at the end. of 1998 and the final version presented in 1999.

Preparations, were also made for the Second Regular Meeting of the, CITEL Assembly, to be held from March 2,to 6, 1998, at the ministerial level. In addition to following up on Summit of the Americas activities, the meeting will include a forum on the, future of telecommunications in the region, with three panels that will examine "The New Role of Regulatory Authorities," "The Impact of New GNIPC Systems on Telecommunications in the, Americas," and "The Role of Regional and International Agencies in the Americas. "The results of this public-and private-sector forum will be used in assessing needs in these areas and determining whether any new activity should be added.


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