LIRNEasia, in association with LIRNE.NET, Nanyang Technological University and the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore is offering an executive course in regulatory strategy in Singapore, Sept 25-30, 2005. This limited-enrollment course is 70 per cent subscribed at this time. Participants representing government, regulatory agencies, telecom operators, universities and civil society from 14 countries ranging from Moldova to the Philippines have already registered. The speakers are confirmed as are the arrangements to visit the InfoComm Development Authority. Just over a month to go, preparations are on course for an exceptional event.
Mr Satish Ranade, Secretary to the Board and Vice President (Legal) of VSNL, the Indian multinational operator that has been much in the news recently with its acquisition of Tyco and Teleglobe and its role in the South African Second Network Operator (SNO), will deliver the keynote address at the opening session. His topic is Effective regulation from the perspective of an Asian telecom multinational. Mr Leong Keng Thai, Deputy Chief Executive and Director General (Telecommunications), InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore will deliver his talk on Catalyzing change: Reflections on the evolution of IDA and IDA’s role in the ICT sector in Singapore at the awards ceremony on the penultimate day of the course, the 29th of September.
In addition to Professors Melody and Samarajiva who will be managing the course in addition to teaching, the faculty include Professor Jens Arnbak, Professor Ewan Sutherland, Mr Rajendra Singh, and Mr Andrew Haire. Professor Arnbak was the founding Chair of the Dutch Posts and Telecom Regulatory Authority from 1997, reverting to his professorial position at the Delft University of Technology only in mid 2005. He also chaired the European Regulators’ Group and the Independent Regulators’ Group, both of which played major roles in advancing Europe’s regulatory reforms. Professor Sutherland has been Executive Director of the International Telecom Users’ Group, INTUG, since 1999. Prior to that he taught at several UK universities, including a stint as a Dean at the University of Wales. Mr Singh serves as Advisor to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, with special responsibility for mobile networks. Mr Haire, who will be coordinating the program at the IDA, is Assistant Director General (Telecoms) at the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore.
Registration is encouraged for the remaining seats. Course information is available here.