Malian Telecommunications Officials Discuss Pivotal Issues with US Counterparts

At the request of the Leland Initiative, dot-GOV worked with the Department of State International Visitor Program to assist in the visit of key Malian telecommunications officials in Washington, DC.

In January 2003, dot-GOV organized several meetings for Mr. Mobido Camara, Committee for Regulation of Telecommunications (CRT), Mr. Baly Sissoko, National Television, and Mr. Hassane Diombele, National Committee for Access to State Media. Among other venues, the three visited the Federal Communications Commission, a private mobile operator, the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), a local radio station, and other US telecom-related private sector and non-governmental organizations.

The meetings focused on the challenges and priorities currently facing the Mali telecommunications sector, including spectrum allocation and management, Internet regulation, licensing regimes for new operators, Internet service providers and radio stations, rural access, and interconnection.

The participants consulted with current and former U.S. regulators, telecommunications experts and Internet policy experts on these issues and were able to receive first-hand practical and immediately useful advice.

The three officials also learned about current dot-GOV work, the DOT-COM Alliance, and the Global Internet Policy Initiative (a joint program of Internews Network and the Center for Democracy and Technology).

This activity was covered by the dot-GOV Leader Award No. GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, signed on 21 September, 2001.

For More Information, Contact:
Sarah Tisch, Ph.D.
Chief-of-Party, dot-GOV
Internews Network
Tel: 202 833-5740 x 203

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