From May 29 to June 2, 2023, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held its fifth regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 20 November to 15 December 2023. The meeting was attended by delegates from the SADC member states, including Government Ministries, Regulatory Authorities, experts involved in WRC-23 activities, ICT Implementing Agencies, Satellite Operators, Industry Stakeholders, Research Institutions, and Development organisations.
Furthermore, organising preparatory meetings demonstrates the proactive efforts by the region to engage with relevant stakeholders, as discussed during Angola’s address to the Steering Committee of the SADC Satellite Sharing Programme in 2022. The purpose is to foster dialogue, build consensus, and establish regional positions on the Agenda items for the 2023 World Radio Communications Conference. For instance, one of the Angolan delegates, a specialist from the Gabinete de Gestão Espacial Nacional (GGPEN), discussed the various processes of constructing, launching, and operating the ANGOSAT-2, part of the SADC initiative to advance digital transformation by developing wireless technologies across the southern African region.
The World Radiocommunications Conference, organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), holds every four years, and focuses on reviewing the Radio Regulations (RR) that govern the sharing and reuse of Radio Frequency (RF) Spectrum, as well as the orbital resources of crucial satellites used for communication services, with a particular emphasis on the SADC region.
Finally, at the close of the meeting, the organisers will produce a comprehensive report highlighting and summarising the findings, important conclusions and recommendations.
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