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SECOND PLENARY OF EMERG

HOSTED BY ANRT - NATIONAL TELECOM REGULATORY AGENCY OF MOROCCO

13TH JANUARY 2010

 

M Azdine El MOUNTASSIR BILLAH opens the second plenary meeting by welcoming all delegations participating in the EMERG meeting. In his opening speech, he insists on the fact that EMERG is a frame of dialogue and exchange of experiences between all members. He greets the role played by MCA (authority of communication in Malta) during the first exercise of EMERG and also the NATP III project in terms of coordination between members.

 

The Chairman El MOUNTASSIR BILLAH precise that because of the fact that EMERG is a young network and that the first step is always difficult to accomplish, it is important to give a new breath across the second plenary meeting which will dedicate the second exercise of EMERG. In this respect, the chairman considers that all members should make sure that this network becomes rich of their mutual experiences and efforts of collaboration and exchange through experts' meetings, workshops, and meetings of points of contacts and also bilateral exchanges which can be created within this group.

 

In this respect, M. El MOUNTASSIR BILLAH invites the points of contact to play a determining role to assess needs and push their authorities to contribute and participate in concrete terms in the success of this group.

 

Then the Chairman announces the agenda of the meeting and gives the floor to Mrs. Celia Falzon who represents Malta Communications Authority (MCA).

 

Mrs. Falzon explains first that Chairman of MCA, M Philipp Micallef was unable to attend the plenary because of an unforeseen meeting. Then she gives a brief overview about the first exercise of EMERG and note that there is some lessons which should be learnt from the experience of the first year and that there is a need to ensure that activities of work plan of EMERG address challenges that members are faced to. Mrs. Celia precise that financial and human resource limitations and also logistical challenges like flight arrangements and visa seriously hamper members’ ability to participate actively in such networks.


After the speech, the chairman announce to all delegation that through exchange made within the group EMERG and also by means of M. Hans Bakker, it’s understood that the members have no objection to the fact that the AGCOM become the vice Chair for EMERG 2010. He gives the floor to participants if they have any objection. All participants respond by applauding AGCOM as the new vice chair.

 

The president of AGCOM M. Corrado Calabro takes the floor and gives a speech in which he insists on the importance of EMERG especially with the new regulatory challenges that regulators are faced to and point the necessity to have a commitment in order to strengthen the EMERG network.

 

After the speech of M Corrado Calabro, M Hans Bakker the leader of project NATP III presents the NATP III project in term of content and tools, and present the benchmarking result as it was discussed in the meeting of the point of contact in AMMAN (Jordan). He then presents the work plan 2010 – 2012, which was followed by a tour de table.

 

Therefore, M. Hans Bakker presents the work plan for 2010 with details on the date, duration and location. He gives also some indications concerning the issues with high priorities for next three years. After the debate regarding this work plan which was very fruitful, the work plan for 2010 was adopted. Pursuant to the Plenary decision, the following workshops will take place during 2010: (1) the future of fixed networks (Egypt, April), (2) independent regulatory authorities and convergence (Lebanon, May/June), (3) the use of SMP analysis as a basis for regulatory intervention (Spain, July), (4) NGNs: impact on markets and regulation (Portugal, first week of October), (5) Universal Service Obligation and how to avoid market distortion (Morocco, October/November), (6) new benchmarking and planning conference (Italy, December).

 

The future of fixed networks TRA, EETT, OCECPR, AGCOM, MCA, TRC, NTRA, ANRT, ICTA, INT, MOC
Independent regulatory authorities and convergence TRA, CMT, EETT, MTIT, OCECPR, AGCOM, MCA, TRC, NTRA, ANRT, ICTA, INT, ANACOM.
The use of SMP analysis as a basis for regulatory intervention ARCEP, TRA, CMT, EETT, MTIT, OCECPR, AGCOM, TRC, NTRA, ANRT, ICTA, INT, ANACOM, MOC
New generation networks: impact on markets and regulation ARCEP, TRA, EETT, MTIT, OCECPR, AGCOM, MCA, TRC, NTRA, ANRT, ICTA, INT, ANACOM, MOC
niversal Service Obligation: how to avoid market distortion ARCEP, EETT, OCECPR, AGCOM, TRC, NTRA, ANRT, ICTA, INT.
Second benchmarking and planning conference ARCEP, TRA, EETT, MTIT, OCECPR, AGCOM, TRC, NTRA, ANRT, ICTA, INT, ANACOM, MOC


It was also agreed to work on the existing rules of procedure and submit the revised version for discussion at next Plenary meeting. Mrs. Sylvia Alonso member of the NATP III team presents the work done in order to develop the EMERG website and insists on the merit of the website as means of communication between EMERG members and source of direct and reliable information for EMERG members. The website will be also a means to communicate to third parties of EMERG activities. Mrs. Sylvia Alonso, present the available domain names in order to help the members to choose the adequate one. After the debate, it was agreed to search a domain name beginning by MEDEMERG. Mrs. Sylvia Alonso will come back to the participants with the result of her research and then choose the definitive domain name. At the end of the plenary, Mrs. Amina El Fatihi the point of contact of ANRT at EMERG makes a presentation on the process of development of telecom’s regulation in Morocco. During this presentation, Mrs. Amina El Fatihi presents the important phases of regulation, and the role of ANRT, then she gives a brief overview about the telecom market in Morocco and ends her presentation by the new challenges that ANRT is working on. M El MOUNTASSIR BILLAH closes the plenary by thanking all the participants and insisting on the importance of EMERG.