Organization of American States Department of<br />Human Development
Telecommunications Regulations in a Dynamic and Competitive Environment

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OAS Department of Human Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

“Telecommunications Regulation in a Dynamic and Competitive Environment”


                                                                                                                                                                                                            OAS/DHD-CIR. 084/2008

1. Study venue: United States Telecommunications Training Institute, 1150 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 20036, United States of America

2. Offered by: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and USTTI Board Member Corporations under the auspices of the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), Regional Training Center of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL).

3. Coordinator: Brian T. McCloskey, USTTI Curriculum Director, Email: bmccloskey@ustti.org Phone: (202) 785-7373, Fax: (202) 785 1930

4. Modality: On site

5. Start and end dates: July 18th to July 25th, 2008

6. Course duration: One week

7. Language: English

8. Objectives: With the rapidly changing regulatory environment predominant in so many countries, regulatory bodies are confronted with new challenges as they attempt to assimilate modern telecommunications technology. The course will provide answers to the following questions: To what extent (and with what qualifications and exceptions) can we anticipate that freely functioning private markets will satisfy consumer-citizens' needs, enhance society's wealth, and provide opportunities for workers and owners to increase their wealth? How do these principles apply to telecommunications markets? What laws and legal institutions, especially anti-trust law and agencies regulating telecommunications firms, have proved beneficial in protecting and fostering market performance in those areas where reliance on marketplace forces and market decisions appears warranted? What kinds of legal oversight of private behavior are necessary in cases where markets either will fail to operate optimally or cannot provide what society desires? For example, why does competition policy not fully embrace unregulated private markets for telecommunications services? This course offers executive-level telecommunications policy personnel a broad overview of telecommunications policymaking considerations in a dynamic and competitive environment.

9. Participant Learning Objectives: For policy makers and regulatory managers who wish to: 1) develop a more thorough understanding of competition policy which may serve as a foundational backdrop for policy-making considerations as applied to the telecommunications sector; 2) understand the changing regulatory philosophy of the United States as we participate in the dynamic worldwide telecommunications environment, including development of the necessary considerations that need to be given in responding to those changes; and 3) to develop, with high-level regulatory managers from developing nations, methods of grappling with privatization and other related deregulatory issues in managing their organizations in an effective, efficient market driven manner.

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. Participant profile: Strategic planning and management (limited to those responsible for communications policy determination).

c. A minimum of three years experience.

d. Current job position and years of related work experience. Medium level with three years of experience.

e. Certificate of proficiency in English if not mother tongue

f. Submission of completed 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

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

11. 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. 2

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

12. Responsibilities of selected candidates:

· Each scholarship recipient is responsible for providing at least an additional USD$650.00 for housing and subsistence – this is the minimum amount required and is based on shared accommodations with an arrival date of 17 July 2008 and a departure date of 26 July 2008.

· The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance to the OAS Department of Human Development in Washington, DC., through 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.

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

· Upon acceptance of the scholarship, candidates must promptly liaise with USTTI Curriculum Director Brian T. McCloskey (bmccloskey@ustti.org) to arrange for hotel accommodations and other logistical aspects of participation.

· 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 relating to obtaining visas or transfer documentation.

· Selected scholarship recipients are responsible for providing an additional USD$400.00 to cover the remaining living costs (this figure is based on shared accommodations, single accommodations will result in needing additional funding).

· 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.

[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.

2 Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided

· 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.

13. Certification: USTTI will provide each participant with a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

14. Presentation of candidacies: 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

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) with all other forms indicated in this link; electronically or in typewritten format. (http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/formspd.aspx?culture=en&navid=282) that must be completed

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 language of instruction of the course and is available via 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 2008 REGULAR BUDGET

María Levens

Director, Department of Human Development



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