Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
Policies & Regulation of Information and Communications Technologies

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Policies and Regulation of Information and Communications Technologies”

 

OAS/DHD-CIR.088/2009

 

1.         Study venue:  United States Telecommunications Training Institute, 1150 Connecticut Ave, NW

            Washington, DC 20036, United States of America

 

2.         Offered by: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and The IBM Institute for Electronic Government.

 

3.                  Coordinator:  Jim O’Connor, USTTI Senior Curriculum Coordinator, Email: joconnor@ustti.org  Phone: (202) 785-7373, Fax: (202) 785 1930

 

4.                  Modality:                                           On site

 

5.                  Start and end dates:                         August 3 to August 7, 2009

 

6.                  Course duration:                              One week

 

7.                  Language:                                          English

 

8.         Objectives:  This course surveys policy development approaches to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in context with current international technology and market trends.  Course participants will examine the development of national ICT policies in a time of global technology transitions. Participants will also consider various stakeholders and power centers, including the private sector and civil society, and regional and inter-governmental ICT organizations.  The class will review policy concepts such as transparency, sovereignty, and consensus-building among multiple stakeholders across national boundaries. Participants will then examine key regional and global fora (e.g., ITU, APEC, CITEL, ITSO, ICANN, and WTO) that are currently involved in ICT policy discussions and technical developments. Participants are encouraged to describe their own country’s perspectives, and/or those of their regional fora (Africa, Asia, Middle East, the Americas, etc.), through roundtable discussion and Q&A.  This course will address the cooperative roles of government and industry engaged in building Cybersecurity capacity at the national level.  This course will outline the steps that countries should consider taking to build Cybersecurity capacity starting with the formulation of a national strategy for Cybersecurity. The primary focus will be on formulating a national strategy for Cybersecurity, including specific steps to formulate a national strategy with references to international documents and activities that will provide guidance for policymakers.  Finally, the course will focus on important areas for Governments to address as they build and develop on demand government programs utilizing information technology in today's rapidly changing world. The session has five modules which include a review of Innovation that Matters in Government, perspectives for government ministries and agencies on what others are doing globally in the areas of economic development, workforce development and related issues, actual hands-on demonstrations of leading-edge e-Government applications, a discussion of why an ecosystem of innovation is important, a perspective on best practices from around the world in e- and m-Government, as well as an opportunity to roundtable with the presenters.

 

9.         Participant Learning Objectives: Develop an understanding of how cultural, political, and economic environments shape the development of information and communications technology policies worldwide. Gain insight into the roles that private sector, civil society, and inter-governmental organizations play in current regional and international ICT policy and technology trends. Improve communications skill-sets by establishing dialogue among students on their own country’s policy and technology adoption experiences.  Develop an in-depth understanding of how government and industry policymakers can build and enhance their cyber-security capacity in creating a national strategy. Gain insight into how to use the facilitating tools as training devices following the Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Tool as a model.

 

10.       Requirements:

a.      Citizenship or permanent residence of an OAS Member State, with the exception of the United States of America since is the host country.

b.      Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred, but not required.

c.      Current job position and years of related work experience.  Policy makers and regulatory managers, with two (2) years of experience in strategic planning and management-limited to those responsible for communications policy determination.

d.      Certificate of proficiency in English if not mother tongue.

e.      Submission of completed online application form by the deadline set by the National Liaison Organization (ONE).[1]  It is the candidate’s responsibility to ascertain the deadline set by the ONE in his or her country of residence

f.        In addition to the OAS online application, applicants must also submit a formal application through the USTTI.  Applications may be filed through USTTI’s web site: http://ustti.org/courses/apply.php3

 

12.      OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria:  In accordance with article 4.2 of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:

a.      the objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;

b.      the training priorities of the member states;

c.      the merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;

d.      the financial need of the candidate; and

e.      An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.

 

13.       Benefits: 

·         For successful candidates, CITEL/OAS will cover round trip economy class air tickets from country of origin or residence to Washington, DC, United States of America. Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided

·         USTTI will provide a scholarship of $400.00 to subsidize hotel and living expenses and will waive the $150.00 administrative fee.

 

14.      Responsibilities of selected candidates:   Based on shared accommodations and an arrival date of Sunday, August 2nd and departure date of Saturday, August 8th, the additional amount needed for this course is USD$400.00

Please be advised that:

·         The additional amount needed is based on shared hotel accommodations, per diem and ground transportation expense to and from the airport.

·         If single accommodations are requested, an additional USD$300.00 will be required.

·         The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS General Secretariat Office in their respective countries and through the ONE in order for the OAS to proceed with making the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between their country of origin or residence and the study location or, if the scholarship is refused, to appoint another candidate.

·         The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by signing and returning to DHD their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”; only after this has been done will the OAS proceed with the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between the scholarship recipient’s country of origin and the study location.

·         Upon selection, candidates must accept the scholarship by confirming   their availability to follow the course during the period indicated and their acceptance of the duly provided conditions of study. 

·         Selected scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining the necessary visa(s) to enter the country of study and the corresponding transit(s). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs related to obtaining visas or transfer documentation.

·         Each scholarship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established by the institution offering the course or program.  

·         If the scholarship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the course site in time. The scholarship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the GS/OAS the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development Course will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the scholarship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development.

·         The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the scholarship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the course will be held.

·         If the fellow declines, cancels or terminates the Scholarship after the course or program has started without providing the GS/OAS with a compelling reason, he or she will have to reimburse GS/OAS the total amount of incurred costs/expenses.

 

15.       Certification: The participants will receive a diploma from the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission.

 

16.       Presentation of candidacies:

Please Notice:  If you were awarded an OAS Professional Development Scholarship in the past twelve (12) months or if you currently hold an OAS Scholarship for Academic Studies, you are not eligible to apply for another Professional Development Scholarship.

 

 The online application form must be completed on-line and can be accessed at:  http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/onsite.aspx?culture=en&navid=282  here you’ll find the announcements of all the onsite courses, click on the one you are interested in, go though the end of the page, and then you’ll find the “Continue” button which will direct you to the online application form.

 

Once the applicant has completed the online application form and submitted it, a copy will be sent automatically to his/her e-mail account. This completed form must be printed, signed and submitted to the National Liaison Office (ONE). This is a mandatory requirement. With all other forms (http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/formspd.aspx?culture=en&navid=282)

 

All the additional forms must be completed electronically or in typewritten format.

 

The following is the list of National Liaison Organizations (ONEs) in the OAS Member states:  http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/ones.aspx?culture=en&navid=282

 

Please note that the official announcement is published in the Educational Portal of the Americas Web page at: http://www.educoea.org

 

 Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to: PDSP@oas.org

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS CORRESPONDING TO THE 2009 REGULAR BUDGET

 

 

 

LZea-Yonker/Policy & Regulation of Information & Communications Technologies/CITEL-USTTI/USA/2009

  

 

[1] The deadline for presentation of applications to the (ONE) differs from country to country and should therefore be confirmed with the relevant ONE in the applicant's country of origin or permanent residence.

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