Lisbon hosts 4th World Telecommunication Policy Forum between 22 and 24 April

The 4th World Telecommunication Policy Forum of the International Telecommunication Union is to take place in Lisbon, between 22 and 24 April.  The issues up for debate include next generation networks; convergence, including Internet-related public policy matters; telecommunications policy and regulation; and the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations.

Proceedings will take place in the Lisboa Congress Centre, with participation in World Telecommunication Policy Forum - WTPF-09 - free and open to all interested parties, particularly Member States and ITU sector members.  However, prior register is required on the ITU website, which can be completed as of now.

The WTPF-09 will be preceded by a meeting of the Group of Experts (GoE) and an informative session given to strategic debate on the current economic crisis.  These events will be held in the same venue, on 20 and 21 April respectively.

The world forum (WTPF) takes place within the context of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialist agency of the United Nations in the field of telecommunications.  The aim of the forum is to promote discussion and the exchange of views on issues of telecommunications policy and regulation, in particular, global and inter-sectoral issues, with particular focus on the interests and needs of developing countries, where modern technologies and services can make a significant contribution to the development of telecommunications infrastructure.

The 4th World Telecommunication Policy Forum is to be held in Portugal, at the invitation of the Portuguese Government.

The ITU brings together 191 countries and over 600 bodies with an interest in telecommunications, from operators to manufacturers.  Portugal was one of the founding members, and is customarily represented at the ITU by ANACOM.