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Thursday, March 7, 2019

APECTEL 59

Government meets to share international regulatory experience in telecommunications

  • Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Gloria Hutt and Undersecretary of Telecommunications Pamela Gidi inaugurated the event this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel.
  • The activities include three roundtable discussions to be held today and tomorrow entitled “The role of competition policy in promoting infrastructure to reduce the digital divide,” “Maximizing the impact of gender equity in the digital economy within APEC economies” and “Facilitating the growth of new technologies such as IoT, Big Data and IA.”

    Santiago, March 4, 2019.- This morning, Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Gloria Hutt and Undersecretary of Telecommunications Pamela Gidi inaugurated the 59th Meeting of the APEC Telecommunications and Information Working Group (APEC TEL). The event will include three roundtable discussions organized by the Office of the Undersecretary of Telecommunications (SUBTEL) for which international experts were invited. Their focus will be sharing regulatory experiences.

    The meetings, which will be held today and tomorrow, will address specific themes such as “The role of competition policy in promoting infrastructure to reduce the digital divide,” “Maximizing the impact of gender equity in the digital economy within APEC economies” and “Facilitating the growth of new technologies such as IoT, Big Data and IA.”

    “Today we are launching APEC TEL, an important event that is framed by the exchange of experiences, particularly regulatory ones, among the economies of the Asia-Pacific region in the field of telecommunications. This is a key contribution for Chile given that we have worked every day since the beginning of this administration to reduce the digital divide that exists in our country and to move towards a digital society in which all citizens have democratic access to new technologies,” Minister Hutt said.

    Undersecretary Gidi, who offered a presentation on the current state of the sector in Chile and will also moderate the roundtable discussion on gender equity in the digital economy, said that, “One of the main themes that APEC TEL59 will address is public-private alliances and how these greatly benefit the development of various productive sectors within a country. In this sense, I call on telecommunications companies to continue to encourage collaborative work, especially given that the mandate of President Piñera is to promote a regulatory environment that will attract greater investment and infrastructure deployment that aligns with today’s uses of and demands for telecommunications services.”

    APEC TEL59 will feature the participation of the 21 APEC member economies: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; South Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States; and Viet Nam.