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The International Telecommunication Union’s 20th Plenipotentiary Conference commenced

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]ITU's 20th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) opened today with a global call for the world to “act as one" to connect the world's nearly four billion people who remain unconnected to the Internet. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the highest decision-making body of ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for ICTs. Held every four years, the Conference is the key event at which ITU Member States build consensus on key international ICT issues, elect leaders for the Union's top posts, and decide on a roadmap for ITU's work over the next four-year period, including strategic and financial plans. More than 2500 participants are attending PP-18, including heads of government, ministers, and other delegates from most of ITU's 193 the Member States, as well as representatives from private companies, academic institutions, and national, regional, and international bodies. PP-18 takes place from 29 October to 16 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE. On behalf of the Mongolian Government, delegations headed by Mr. Chinbat Baatarjav, Chairman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority, and Mr. Chinzorig Gonchig, Chairman and CEO of the Communication Regulatory Commission are taking place at the Conference. The ITU PP-18 includes the election for the posts of ITU Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau, Radio Regulations Board (RRB), and the ITU Council. As of 01 November, the winning candidates are: Mr. Houlin Zhao of China was re-elected to the post of ITU Secretary-General. Mr. Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected to the post of ITU Deputy Secretary-General. Dr. Chaesub Lee of the Republic of Korea was re-elected to the post of TSB Director. A major stride was taken to bridge the digital gender divide, with the election of the first woman to an ITU leadership position in the Union's 153-year history. Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected to the post of BDT Director. It means the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the ITU has elected the first woman to one of five top executive positions in the history of the organization. These elections will be followed by the second round of elections for the post of Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau, the RRB, and the ITU Council. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Mongolia joins Safer Internet Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Safer Internet Day 2018 is celebrated globally today on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. Safer Internet Day (SID) has been celebrated in Europe since 2004, and it is becoming an international initiative of over 130 countries worldwide. This initiative is designed to help young people understand and use the present achievements of digital technology in a positive and safe manner. Mongolia has officially engaged with this international initiative in November 2017. In this connection, related agencies of the Government including Communications and Information Technology Authority, Family, Youth Development Authority, and Communications Regulatory Commission are planning to take action to disseminate a Safer Internet environment throughout the country jointly with the private sector operating in the telecommunication sector, UNICEF, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations. Everyone join us today to create a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there. www.saferinternetday.org [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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The 14th Session of the General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity held in Bangkok,Thailand

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On 15-17 November 2017, the 14th Session of the General Assembly of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (GA-14) was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Thailand, and attended by 104 representatives, alternates, and observers of the Members, Associate Member, Affiliate Members, and International Organizations from 28 countries. On behalf of the Mongolian Government, H.E. Mr. Tugsbilguun Tumurkhuleg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Mongolia to UN ESCAP, Ms. Binderiya Bold, Director of Foreign Relations Division of the CITA, Mr. Naranmandakh Tumen-Ulzii, General Secretary of the CRC and Ms. Anuu Enkhbold, 3rd Secretary of the Embassy of Mongolia in Thailand are attended. Opening the session, Ms. Areewan Haorangsi, Secretary-General of the APT welcomed all delegates to the 14th Session of the General Assembly (GA-14) and the 41st Session of the Management Committee. Mr. Khin Maung Thet, President of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, Mr. Ilyas Ahmed, Chairman of the Management Committee of the APT, and other management had speeches. Ms.Ajarin Pattanapanchai from Thailand was elected as the President, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah from Pakistan was re-elected as the Vice-President and Mr. Liu Ziping from the People’s Republic of China was elected as the Vice-President of the GA-14 respectively. Throughout the special session of the plenary was Executive Panel on Building Smart Digital Economy through ICT by distinguished panelists from Japan, the Philippines, and Bhutan, as well as ITU Secretary-General Mr. Houlin Zhao. The Executive Panel would focus on certain major topics: Reliable and secure connectivity, Cyber Security, Capacity building, Policy, and legal environment improvement and Cooperation among members. During the plenary Statements of Member Administrations, Representatives of International and Regional Organizations including Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tuvalu, and Viet Nam was delivered to the Assembly. Election of Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General of the APT for the next three years term 2018-2020 was held in the fourth session of the plenary. Ms. Areewan Haorangsi from Thailand as the Secretary-General and Mr. Masanori Kondo from Japan as the Deputy Secretary-General was unanimously elected both for the second term. The GA approved the report of the Management Committee on the activities of the APT during 2015-2017 as well as adopted the Strategic Plan and Annual Budget of the APT for 2018-2020 and upon durable discussion agreed that a) no increase on cap more than 3% yearly basis;) should the Ministerial Meeting take place if there is a host? The expense should be the usual fellowship and normal secretariat cost. If there was no host it would be held at APT Headquarters and each Member will take care of their own individual expenses for their Ministers to travel. GA decided to keep the current level of the unit cost of contribution (USD 10,280) for the period 2018-2020 and to award the fellowship to LLDC, LCD, and SSID countries with below GDP 4,000 USD annually. Working Group of Management Committee on APT Legal Instruments presented their report with the conclusions of WGMC that there was no necessity at the present moment to change the periodicity of the GA and notification of the withdrawal of the Affiliate Members. The report was adopted by GA. Although there will be no change, GA advised concerned Members to engage those Affiliate Members who are in arrears to settle down the outstanding debt. At the end of the session, GA agreed to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the APT in 2019.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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MOU between CITA and Microsoft

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Nowadays, the data protection and privacy issue become not only about to hide or secrete it, it becomes to take comprehensive measures by providing integrated management or coordination, implementing software and technical solutions, and improving public digital education and knowledge. Therefore, in furtherance of this common vision and seeking the opportunity to cooperate in the field of capacity building of information security, CITA and Microsoft have agreed to establish the MOU and signed during the opening ceremony of ICT Expo 2017 of Mongolia. The cooperation under the MOU will cover the following areas: Establishment of Government Private Cloud system considered a set of online service platforms; Prevention of acquiring and using of non-genuine software by public agencies; Training on Cybersecurity; Setting up Microsoft Innovation Center and Certification Academy in Mongolia; Creation of business solutions using cloud and mobile technologies through enhancement of skills and knowledge of startups and expert support; Sharing Microsoft’s solutions for Smart Government and IoT development. This MOU was signed on behalf of CITA by Mr. Bilegdemberel Badamdorj, Director of Information Technology Department, and on behalf of Microsoft by Mr. Bayarsaikhan Bayantsagaan, Senior Business Executive of Microsoft Kazakhstan LLP on 15 September 2017. The term of this MOU will continue for 3 years and Parties will develop an implementation plan and annually review it to ensure that it is fulfilling its purpose. The main and direct beneficiaries of this cooperation are public organizations and Government officials.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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National Workshop on Current situation of ICT statistical information activities of Mongolia and international trends

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A National Training Workshop on ICT Statistics has been successfully held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 22 to 23 May 2017 by the initiative of the Communications and Information Technology Authority (CITA) and with the assistance of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Communications Regulatory Commission of Mongolia (CRC) and National Statistics Office (NSO) of Mongolia. This is the first workshop on ICT Statistics and Indicators among representatives and experts from various government agencies involved in collecting ICT-related statistics, as well as telecommunication operators, service providers, and academics. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of the country to produce internationally comparable and quality statistics and indicators on telecommunications and ICTs. The workshop included presentations and discussions covering the ITU indicators used in the collection of ICT statistics from operators, as well as indicators on ICT access and use by households and individuals collected through household surveys. It also covered the new indicators that will be used to calculate the IDI, agreed during the Extraordinary Meeting of the Expert Group on Telecom/ICT Indicators (EGTI) and Expert Group on Household ICT Indicators (EGH). The workshop was attended by about 120 participants of more than 60 government and private organizations of the ICT sector in Mongolia and guest speakers of ITU including Mr. Wisit Atipayakoon, Programme Coordinator, Mrs. Ezperanza Magpantay, Senior Statistician, and Mr. Hock Eng Koay, Consultant.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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