Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications / Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications / Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications / Strategic directions of the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications for 2017 - 2022

Approved by the Board of the RCC CAs Heads

(Decision № 51/22-1 of May 24, 2016)

Strategic Directions of the

Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications

for the period from 2017 to 2022

Considering:

25 years of successful experience of the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) in expanding mutually beneficial cooperation between RCC communications administrations in matters of harmonizing the development of communication networks and means, coordination in the field of science and technology policy, managing the radio frequency spectrum, tariff policy for communication services, training personnel, interaction with international organizations and other areas of development of electric and postal communications;

Taking into account:

the rapidly growing role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the development of society and countries whose communications administrations are members of the RCC (RCC member-states) as a whole;

ongoing transformations in the field of ICT leading to the transition from a post-industrial to the information society;

the joint efforts of the RCC member-states in ensuring effective cooperation in the usage of ICTs for the further development of national economies and security, as well as to strengthen the welfare of citizens;

the main challenges and opportunities for the global postal sector, noted by the world community during the Strategic Conference of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) (April 13-14, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland), as well as the importance of using innovations, including the integration of networks, products and services for the construction of an uninterruptedly functioning postal network that would correspond to the changing situation in the world;

Noting:

dynamic development of the ICT sphere in the RCC member-states, matching with the main trends of world development;

the role of regional organizations in the activities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UPU;

the need for strengthening and expanding the cooperation between the RCC member-states to increase the competitiveness of the economy, to expand opportunities for integration into the world economy, and to increase the efficiency of public administration and local self-government;

Recognizing:

strategic goals, challenges, tasks and lines of action for building and developing the information society adopted by the world community during the High-Level Event of the World Summit on the Information Society “WSIS+10” (June 10-11, 2014, Geneva, Switzerland), High-Level Meetings of the “Connect the CIS countries”, based on the decisions of ITU and the UPU, as well as the principles of the RCC Declaration “Building an information society,  is our common priority”;

RCC participants determine the following strategic directions of activity:

1. RCC participation in ITU and UPU activities, cooperation with other international organizations in the implementation of the decisions of the World Summit on the Information Society and ITU's Connect the World initiative.

2. Preparation and promotion of agreed positions, RCC initiatives, reflecting the interests of the RCC member-states, at international communication and informatization forums.

3. Improving the interaction of the RCC member-states in the framework of international agreements and programs in the field of ICT in the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

4. Coordination of cooperation between RCC member-states in the implementation of national ICT development strategies and programs aimed at developing the information society, narrowing the “digital division” and ensuring universal and acceptable access for all sectors of the population to ICT and services provided on their basis.

5. Cooperation on the development of ICT and regulation in the field of communications and informatization with international and regional organizations, national regulatory authorities in the field of communications and informatization of the RCC member-states.

6. Promoting the harmonization of the regulatory technical and regulatory legal framework in the field of communications and informatization of the RCC participating countries, including the development of model legislative acts in cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS member-states.

7. Cooperation on the development of international standards, certification and licensing in the field of ICT, the promotion of harmonization of national systems of standards and certification in this area in the RCC member-states with the international system, and coordination of work on the management of quality of services.

8. Interaction in the development and promotion of international law and mechanisms governing relations in the usage of the global information infrastructure, including the internationalization of Internet governance.

9. Contributing to the improvement of the mechanism of interaction between the RCC member-states on the development of the market in the field of ICT and market relations in the field of communications and informatization.

10. Promoting the creation of a stable favourable environment for the development of the ICT services market, providing the population with knowledge contributing to the development of the widespread usage of ICT opportunities in the RCC member-states.

11. Countering unfair competition in the ICT market, creating and supporting conditions that ensure the investment attractiveness of the industry for all market participants.

12. Cooperation in the field of information security. Facilitating the exchange of views on best practices for confidence

and security in the usage of ICTs. Cooperation in the formation of a system of international information security that contributes to the prevention, detection, suppression and elimination of the consequences of the usage of ICTs for terrorist and other criminal purposes.

13. Cooperation in the formation of a cross-border space of trust and organization of cross-border information exchange in the RCC member-states.

14. Cooperation on the implementation of ICTs for solving socially significant problems: e-government, e-commerce, e-economy, e-education, e-science, e-culture, e-health, etc.

15. Cooperation with investment funds in order to develop research, innovation, investment and expert analysis, as well as support and development of an innovative ecosystem in the field of ICT.

16. Promoting the innovative development of cooperation between RCC member countries using the principles of investment activity, including public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as international PPPs, to create a cross-border trust space on the Internet.

17. Assistance in the formation and implementation of an international integration supranational neutral environment on issues of cross-border exchange.

18. Cooperation with regional integration associations, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the European Union (EU), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Pan Asian e-Commerce Alliance (PAA), the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), with the aim of scaling up and replicating decisions, documents and directions of taken actions in the framework of the RCC.

19. Contributing to the process of building the information society by modernizing the procedure for accessing the services of government bodies, increasing their accessibility and transparency, as well as creating a new culture of interaction between citizens and business with government bodies.

20. Promotion of scientific and technical cooperation between the RCC participating countries in the field of fundamental and applied research in the field of ICT, participation in international research projects in priority areas for the development of science, technology and technology.

21. Cooperation on the collection and dissemination of statistical data and indicators characterizing the level of ICT development in the RCC member-states. Implementation of joint actions to monitor the readiness of the RCC member-states to build an information society in order to determine priority development areas.

22. Interaction on issues of convergence and improving the efficiency of the usage of the radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits using scientific, technical, economic and organizational management methods with a view of further development of the existing and introduction of new communication systems and means of communication.

23. Cooperation on the issues of training and retraining of highly qualified specialists, as well as further training of specialists in the field of communication and information using ICT, including the involvement of resources of international organizations and investment funds, improving the distance learning system based on the widespread usage of ICT.

24. Interaction on the improvement of technological processes for managing telecommunication networks using innovative technologies.

25. Interaction on the use of ICT in postal networks to provide the public and the business sector with a wide selection of high-tech modern services in order to improve the quality of service, reliability and efficiency of postal networks.

26. Promoting the development of partnerships at the domestic and international levels to introduce flexible methods of delivery of postal items and new postal and financial solutions.

27. Interaction on the issues of defining a universal postal service and its adaptation to market requirements and e-commerce growth trends.

28. Cooperation in the development of new products based on the postal infrastructure: banking, financial, insurance and electronic services.

29. Collaboration with micro, small and medium enterprises to develop e-commerce in the domestic and international markets.

30. Cooperation in the field of improving the quality of the provision of postal services, their reliability and effectiveness.

31. Improving training programs for postal specialists in the usage of the new ICTs.

32. Cooperation on the implementation of activities in the field of marketing and advertising of electronic postal, financial, commercial and electronic government services.

33. Promoting the implementation of measures to modernize and reform the postal sector of the RCC member-states.

34. Promoting the development of ICT-based media (Internet media, mobile media, etc.) and the regulation of issues related to ICT media.

35. Promoting the expansion of the usage of ICTs in the humanitarian and democratic development of society, protecting human rights and ensuring freedom of speech.