Cooperation Agreements

  • 27 August 2021

Cooperation by CITEL with international and regional organizations continues to grow as a means to improve efficiency, avoid duplication of effort, and reduce time for resolving disputes by considering different issues at an early stage. The objective of such agreements is to ensure that, through cooperation with other organizations on matters of common interest, synergies will be obtained that will enhance the efficiency of the parties. In general, cooperation agreements provide for coordination and cooperation in carrying out activities that both parties have included in their annual work programs, such as the organization of seminars on subjects of common interest, collaboration in joint projects, and joint training and publications. In addition, they provide for access by the parties to documents and publications pertaining to their programs and activities. Through the collective efforts of the Permanent Consultative Committees of CITEL, the organization has gained considerable international recognition, as attested to by the number of cooperation agreements concluded.

CITEL takes part in interregional meetings with the criterion of strengthening dialogue with the representatives of regional telecommunication organizations throughout the world on matters addressed in international telecommunications organizations, such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in order to facilitate work during said Conferences.

Cooperation with the ITU has grown in recent years, as is evident from the various activities carried out jointly. Among these, we underscore the ongoing coordination of telecommunication training programs with the Center of Excellence for the Americas Region.

The table below shows the 20 organizations with which CITEL has signed cooperation agreements.

Organization Objective Date
Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) The CTU was established in 1989, in Nassau, The Bahamas, by treat. It was established by the Heads of CARICOM governments. In fulfillment of its objectives, the CTU may, inter alia: (i) Promote and assist in the formulation and implementation of bilateral or multilateral telecommunications programmes within the Caribbean Region in cooperation with appropriate international or regional organisations; (ii) Organise Conferences, Seminars and Workshops; and (iii) Provide a forum for the discussion and resolution of telecommunications issues concerning the Region. 05/19/2011 Signed
Francisco José de Caldas District University, Bogotá, Colombia. State or public institution of higher education, classified as a District University, established by Agreement No. 010 of February 5, 1948. The University’s objectives include democratization of knowledge in order to regulate and guarantee, on behalf of the state, the societal right to critical and rigorous higher education of quality, on the basis of social equity and competitiveness, through research, teaching, and services to communities in local, national, and international contexts. 11/23/2009 Signed
Internet Society (ISOC) An international organization whose mission is to provide world coordination and cooperation in connection with the Internet. 10/02/2008 Signed
ICANN ICANN, a non-profit public-interest entity, is the international organization responsible for managing and supervising coordination of the Internet domain name system and its unique identifiers. ICANN was created through a Memorandum of Understanding between the US Department of Commerce and ICANN to manage the transition of the Domain Names System (DNS) from the Government of the United States into the global community. The most recent version of the Memorandum of Understanding is meant to be the final text and sets forth a series of objectives for ICANN which, when they are achieved, will lead to a totally independent ICANN organization. 01/09/2008 Signed
IA-450 Formed four years ago to promote the use of digital and analog technologies in the 400-500 MHZ band. Currently has 24 members, including 10 operators and 13 industry members. 03/06/2006 Signed
3G Americas To encourage and facilitate the deployment of GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS (WCDMA) in the Americas. 08/31/2004 Signed
CDMA Development Group (CDG) A consortium of companies that have joined together to provide leadership in the adoption and evaluation of CDMA systems worldwide. 10/21/2003 Signed
Global VSAT Forum An independent non-profit organization that promotes private sector-led economic development worldwide, including the Americas. 10/01/2003 Signed
International Astronautical Federation (IAF) A nongovernmental, non-profit organization for the advancement of knowledge of space and the development and application of space resources to benefit mankind. 08/25/2003 Signed
African Telecommunications Union (ATU) An agency of the African Union (AU) established by the fourth regular meeting of the Plenipotentiary Conference of the African Telecommunications Union as the successor to the Pan-African Telecommunications Union (PATU). Its objective is to promote the rapid development of info-communication in Africa in order to achieve, in the most efficient manner, universal service, universal access, and full inter-country connectivity. 06/13/2003 Signed
Caribbean/Latin American Action (C/LAA) An independent private organization for the promotion of private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean area and throughout the Hemisphere. 08/16/2002 Signed
Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (Federación de la Mancomunidad Regional en el Área de Comunicaciones) (RCC) Created by the communications administrations of the states indicated in the agreement establishing a Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (December 17, 1991), with the aim of ensuring broad cooperation and carrying out coordinated activities among these states in the area of postal communications and telecommunications. (Azerbaijan Republic, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Ukraine). 08/14/2002 Signed
Unión Postal de las Américas, España y Portugal (UPAEP) An intergovernmental organization whose mission is to coordinate the regulation of postal activity and postal policy in general among its member states to ensure that universal service is provided on an equal access basis as a means of ensuring quality of service and safeguarding customer’s rights. 05/29/2002 Signed
European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) An independent organization that cooperates with the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, other pertinent inter-institutional organizations, and other organizations associated with postal services and electronic communications. 03/21/2002 Signed
Andean Community Telecommunications Enterprises Association (ASETA) An international organization with broad experience in the telecommunication area. 12/14/2001 Signed
Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions (ATIS) Committee T1 (USA) Establishes standards for planning, designing, and the operation of global end-to-end telecommunications and related telecommunication services. 08/24/2001 Signed
Telecommunication Industry Association (TIA) (USA) Pre-standardization and standardization activities in areas common to telecommunications, through a consensus-based process that includes all interested parties. It has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and has ensured TIA’s compliance with ANSI’s rules for openness and balance. TIA’s objective is to contribute to worldwide standardization at the international level and it works very closely with European and Asian standards organizations. 08/20/2001 Signed
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Carries out pre-standardization and standardization activities in areas common to telecommunications, information technology, and sound and television broadcasting, and produces European standards in the telecommunications area. 07/17/2001 Signed
Hispano-American Association of Research Centres and Telecommunications Companies (AHCIET) An association of research centers and telecommunication companies whose purpose is to promote and cooperate in the development of various technical, administrative, and training aspects in the telecommunications area, with a view to optimal promotion of the areas of research, study, and company administration. 11/15/1996 Signed
International Telecommunication Union An international organization of the United Nations system, in which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecommunications networks and services. An agreement was signed between the ITU and the OAS, not with CITEL in particular, in 1969. In April 2004, an agreement specific to the training program was signed with the ITU Centre of Excellence. To complement this Agreement, a specific tripartite agreement was concluded between CITEL, the ITU, and the Regional Training Centers that offer the courses, indicating a number of aspects, among them: each organization’s responsibilities, number of scholarships, copyright, and evaluation of the quality of the material. These agreements normally remain in force until the conclusion of the different courses. A cooperation agreement on “Bridging the ICT Standardization Gap for the Americas region” was signed on August 20, 2007. 05/16/1969 Initially signed