ITU Regional Workshop on “Economic & Policy Issues of Digital Transformation”

January 29
9:30 am
 – 5:00 pm

The ​International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing a regional workshop on “Economic & Policy Issues of Digital Transformation” on 29 January 2023 in Manama, Bahrain from 9h30 to 17h00 AST. The workshop will be kindly hosted by the Telecommunications Regu​latory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain​. The workshop will be followed by the meeting of the ITU-T SG3 Regional Group for the Arab Region.

The main objective of the workshop is to provide an open forum for debating and exchanging views on a number of standardization topics under discussion at ITU-T and to highlight activities related to the Bridging the Standardization Gap (BSG) Programme including the work of Regional Groups. The target audience includes ITU Member States, national standards bodies, ICT regulators, ICT companies, ICT research organizations, service providers, and academia.

Target Audience:
Participation in the workshop is open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates, and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country which is a member of ITU who wishes to contribute to the work. This includes individuals who are also members of international, regional, and national organizations. Participation is free of charge.​

Draft Programme

9:30 – 10:00​​​​
Opening session

  • ITU, SG3/SG3RG-ARB Chair​

10:00 – 10:30​
Coffee Break and Group Photo

​10:30 – 11:30
Overview of digital transformation initiatives

Selected digital transformation initiatives are introduced.

  • Representative from Egypt
  • Representative from ITU

11:30 – 12:00​
Bridging the standardization gap as enabler of digital transformation:
Introduction to the BSG programme and setting the scene

  • Key terms and documents in the standardization process
  • The journey of a contribution

​12:00 – 13:30
Lunch Break

​13:30 – 15:00
Bridging the standardization gap as enabler of digital transformation – Effective contributions

  • Guidelines for drafting effective contributions
  • Strategies for gaining support before and during meetings
  • Guidance on presenting contributions

​15:00 – 15:30
​Coffee Break

​15:30 – 17:00
Bridging the standardization gap as enabler of digital transformation – Negotiation, ad-hocs and follow-up

  • Techniques for defending and negotiating proposals
  • Effective participation in ad-hoc groups and drafting sessions
  • Methods for following up on contributions

17:00 – 17:30
Closing remarks

  • ​Representatives from TRA, ITU, SG3/SG3RG-ARB leadership​​