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1 Pacific Regional Telecommunications & ICT Resource CentreProgress Update Natasha Beschorner, The World Bank ITU-EC Coordination Meeting, Nadi, November 2009

2 Summary Background and Motivation Resource Centre Objectives and Functions Implementation Plan Budget and Funding Next Steps and Feedback

3 Background: Regional Demand WB requested to prepare Options Study on a possible regional regulatory facility Study prepared August-October 2008, completed December 2008 Recommendations presented to ICT Ministerial Meeting, February 2009 Establishment of Facility supported in Meetings communiqué and at regulators meeting, April 2009 Working name: Pacific Regional Regulatory Resource Centre

4 Objectives and Functions Leverage national resources by pooling scarce skills in an autonomous regional facility Functions : – Collect telecoms/ICT data and publish annual regional survey; – Provide information packages on key policy and regulatory themes; – Provide advisory services to policymakers and regulators; – Issue statements of best practice sector policy and laws and regulatory instruments (licenses; interconnection principles, etc) – Provide support for training and capacity building; – Collect and maintain rosters of expertise from other sources.

5 Benefits Efficient use of scarce human and financial resources Development of a knowledge and experience base in the Pacific itself Encouraging regular exchanges between regulators and dissemination of good regional experiences Link-up with other sources of advice/assistance (ITU/APT/PITA, EAPIRF, ACMA) Complementing the regional industry association

6 Recommendations of Options Report Establish the Resource Centre with a physical location and staff on site Functions to be as listed above Initial staffing levels small (3-4 persons), but flexibility to add staff as demand proven Facility manager with management and operational responsibilities An advisory board of qualified nominees of Pacific countries to consider annual budget, business and financing plan

7 Organizational Model: Options Two potential models: membership organization, or non- member organization. Membership organization: countries wishing to benefit from the services of the Centre become core members and pay annual membership fees. – This model would require that Pacific island countries make a collective decision to establish the Centre and to serve as primary funders, particularly during an establishment phase. Non-member organization established by one or more development partners to provide services on a limited cost- recovery basis to Pacific island countries. – In this model, development partners would have significant influence over the governance and operations of the Centre through periodic financing rounds. Either funding model can incorporate user charges, to be phased in as the centre becomes fully operational.

8 Work Program Year 1 Develop website architecture and launch; Develop of industry data collection standards & provide guidance and training for regulators, and officials where regulatory bodies have not yet been established Establish cooperation arrangements with ITU, APT, PIFS, SPC, PITA, EAPIRF, others Develop a risk management policy Establish the roster of experts and arbitrators and commencement of monitoring of outcomes of assignments; Design operating procedures for provision of advisory services; Appoint members of the advisory board; Develop the year 2 business plan for consultation with the advisory board and presentation to development partners

9 Work Program Year 2 (1/2) Publish the first annual survey of telecommunications and ICT markets in Pacific Island countries; Through the website, provide information to regulators and officials on regional policy and regulatory experiences, including analysis of lessons of general application; Providing advice to regulators and officials in response to requests for assistance. – Scope of advice will include design and implementation of sector policy; development of sound legislation and regulatory instruments; development and operation of regulatory agenciesl and conduct of regulatory activities.

10 Work Program Year 2 (2/2) Develop statements on best practice policy and regulatory implementation, telecommunications legislation and models for regulatory instruments Develop a clearing-house methodology to facilitate potential staff exchanges between regulatory agencies in Pacific island countries and similar agencies in Australia, New Zealand and outside the region Develop the year 3 business plan for consultation with the advisory board and presentation to development partners

11 Feedback from Stakeholders Resource Centre should be hosted within the Pacific Region PIFS offered to colocate with ITU-EC Centre Broad agreement on objectives and functions Initial set-up as non-membership organization, with development partner funding; consideration to be given to fees for service at later stage Coordination with capacity-building initiatives essential, especially ITU-EC program

12 Implementation Plan

13 Main Elements Pre-Establishment Institutional/hosting arrangements Resource Centre management and staffing Budget for establishment and operations Sources of funding Post-Establishment Detailed work plan for Resource Centre Technical assistance program: advisory needs/program, roster of expertise, management and financing arrangements

14 Resource Centre Management Management: an advisory board of 3-4 nominees of Pacific island countries (elected if necessary) and chaired by one of its members to be established – Responsibility for approval of the annual budget, the business plan and the financing plan. Staffing: three full time persons at time of start-up. – Manager: a senior telecommunications regulatory specialist – Research assistant and administrative assistant. The Centre manager should have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the facility, including the preparation of annual and multi-year business plans – 1-2 additional professional positions

15 Year 1Year 2Year 3 Establishment Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Staff appointments Commence recruitment process Centre Manager/Admin Support recruited Research assistant recruited Professional recruited Professional recruited Offices Open establishment office - Set up financial accounts, budget approvals and signing authorities Develop annual budget and work program Website Concept development Launch website Advisory board Nominations for members Appointment of members Board meeting Establishment Activitiesby Quarter

16 Substantive Activities-by Quarter Year 1Year 2Year 3 Substantive activities Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4Q1Q2Q3Q4 Develop industry data collection standards Annual regional survey Establish cooperation arrangements Develop and implement risk management policy Establish roster of experts/arbitrators Establish clearing-house for staff exchanges with regulatory agencies Advisory services Develop procedures Provide advisory services Statements on policy and regulation Develop procedures Consult with advisory board and issue statements

17 Budget and Funding

18 Resource Centre Budget (1) Pre-establishment cost estimates for Year 1 – Office fit-out & lease set-up: US$67,000 – Staff recruitment costs US$21,000 – Contingency (10%)US$ 9,000 – US$ 97,000 Assumptions: – Office space of 60 square metres. Rents and outgoings at market rates for medium grade space. – Recurring costs adjust at 5% per annum. – Office fit-out costs of $1,000 per square metre. – Recruitment costs for Centre Manager at 12% of annual salary package.

19 Resource Centre Budget (2) Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5 TOTAL Personnel costs 234,000509,000533,000522,000548,0002,346,000 Office operating costs 50,00053,00055,00057,00060,000275,000 Furniture & fittings (leased) 8, ,0009,000 42,000 Travel 50,00065,00072,00079,00087,000353,000 Professional services 100,000105,000116,000127,000140,000588,000 Contingency (10%) 50,00068,00072,00068,00072,000330,000 Total operating costs 492,000808,000856,000862,000916,0003,934,000

20 Funding and Partnerships Funding – World Bank will provide US$1.5 million seed funding through the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF); funds already secured – Other bilateral/multilateral support to be discussed – Industry/government contributionstiming?? Partnership with ITU program and regional organizations e.g APT, PITA, PIFS, SPC, UN ESCAP

21 Proposed Next Steps Regional ICT task force to agree on constitution Priorities : institution, detailed financing plan, core staff recruitment Institution – PIFS confirmation (mode/format to be discussed) Financing – World Bank has committed resources – Additional financing contributions to be sought from development partners, others – Comprehensive financing plan to be completed by February 2010 Recruitment of core staff – Manager and administrative support – Other professional staff

22 THANK YOU ! Questions and Comments? Please contact Natasha Beschorner

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