I had the honor to lead the U.S. delegation to the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Assembly and Conference Preparatory Working Group, which took place in Santo Domingo, February 11-14, 2014. CITEL serves as OAS's telecommunications/ICT advisory body. Established by the OAS General Assembly in 1994, CITEL's mission is to promote the sustainable development of telecommunications/ICT in the Western Hemisphere.
There was a high degree of regional consensus at the meeting in Santo Domingo, where the quadrennial Assembly reelected the United States to the Permanent Executive Committee, endorsed a slate of candidates for the 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14), and adopted a strategic plan for the next four-year period.
The spirit of agreement continued, as CITEL adopted a record number of Inter-American Proposals to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), which will take place from March 30 to April 10, 2014, in Dubai. WTDC will establish the work programs, regional initiatives, and studies for the ITU’s Development Sector for the next four years. Regional proposals like CITEL’s Inter-American Proposals -- which require support by at least six countries -- carry a lot of weight, because they are supported by several countries.