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Wednesday 18 May 2016
18.30 - 20.00: Opening Reception, The Tiki Room, The Palms Hotel

The IIC extends a special thank you to Cisco supporting the reception



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Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Ajit Pai, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission


Demand stimulation – what applications and platforms are regulators, policy makers and industry collaborating on to effect the digital transformation of industry and civil society?

• Joined up thinking – taking the discussion beyond telecoms
• Examining projects in different sectors and their relationship with the digital agenda and national broadband plans – examples from e-Government, e-Health, e-Commerce, e-Education, e-Entertainment, e-Agriculture

Elena Scaramuzzi, Head, Latin America Telecoms and Media, Cullen International

Panellists include

  • Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament
  • Juan Antonio Ketterer, Division Chief, Capital Markets and Finance, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
  • Ellen Blackler, Vice President Global Public Policy, The Walt Disney Company



Jeffery McElfresh, President of DIRECTV – Latin America, AT&T Inc.


Content futures, consolidation and the new converged ecosystem: How are regulators and industry balancing innovation and consumer demand in the region?

•    Where next for the OTT and level playing field debates?
•    Navigating the delicate balance between traditional services and new digital offerings
•    What’s the future for linear channels and basic packages?
•    How can public-private efforts to expand access to relevant, local content on the Internet be accelerated in developing countries and marginalized communities more generally?
•    What impact is consolidation having in the region?

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications
Ambassador Daniel A Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, US Department of State

Panellists include 

  • Paula Karol Pinha, Director of Public Policy, Latin America, Netflix
  • Javier Tejado Dondé, Vice President, Grupo Televisa
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  • Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Liberty Global
  • David Geary, General Counsel Caribbean, Digicel Group
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  • Alejandra de Iturriaga Gandini, Director for Telecommunications and Audiovisual Sector, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), Spain; CNMC representative for BEREC, Spain


13.20 Lunch - The IIC extends a special thank you to Ericsson for supporting the lunch.


Tackling piracy and IP protection in the region

• Which piracy ecosystems are the greatest threat in Latin America and in the Caribbean?
• Roles and responsibilities – regulators, cable / satellite operators, ISPs, advertising platforms, payment providers – what cooperative efforts are proving most effective in blocking access to pirated content? 
• Debating the effectiveness of administrative enforcement options, including 
   o imposition of fines 
   o suspension of business licenses 
• What new initiatives have been launched in the region?

Karim Lesina, Vice President, International External Affairs, EU, Caribbean, Central and Latin America, Trans-Atlantic Relations, AT&T
Dr Alfredo Rafael Deluque Zuleta, President, House of Representatives, Colombia
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Panellists include

  • Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President Affiliate Sales, HBO Latin America Group
  • Pascal Métral, Vice President Legal Affairs, NAGRA Kudelski; Co-executive Director, Alianza contra Piratería de Televisión Paga
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  • Doris A Madrid Lezama, Deputy Commissioner, National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL), Honduras
  • J. Todd Reves, Intellectual Property Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, US Patent & Trademark Office
  • Nievia Ramsundar, Company Secretary, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT)
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Growing STEM skills to drive ICT innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean – cross fertilization between public administration, industry and academia

• Where in the region is the ICT talent-deficit most apparent and what is being done about it? 
• Where are the pockets of success and what strategies are transferable across the regions?
• How to attract strong ICT talent and skills to government agencies, and create a culture of innovation
• Removing barriers to talent flow – particularly between public and the private sector

Diego Molano Vega, Digital Transformation Consultant, Innovando LLC, USA

Panellists include

  • Senator Juan Gerardo Flores Ramírez, Secretary of Communications and Transportation Commission, Senate of the Republic, Mexico
  • Rodrigo de la Parra, Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, ICANN
  • Dr Daniel Manfredo, Territory Manager for Central America and Caribbean Countries, Intel
  • Pedro Julio Uribe-Bermúdez, Senior Director Latin America, Microsoft



Dinner at The Dutch Restaurant 

The IIC extends a special thank you to Liberty Global supporting the dinner.


FRIDAY 20 MAY 2016

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

Ulf Pehrsson, Vice President Government & Industry Relations, Ericsson

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Fiscal policy, economics and universal service funding: building certainty and incentives to promote investment in the digital ecosystem as a whole

•    Examples of tax policy decisions which might have a marked impact on converged communications investment
•    Innovative tax arrangements which will stimulate services and applications to improve social inclusion and to improve competitiveness and productivity
•    What kind of regulatory and policy reform / innovation could maximize the performance of Universal Service Obligation (USO) funds so they are fit for purpose in today’s converged world?
•    Given the prevalence of wireless, can and should there be a regulatory provision of “universal service bands” in terms of spectrum resources to complement the USO funds?
•    Should these levies be discontinued?

Andres Maz, Executive Director Advanced Technology Policy, Cisco

Panellists include

  • Dr Héctor Huici, Secretary for Information Technology and Communications, Ministry of Communications Argentina
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  • Luciano Charlita de Freitas, Regulatory Specialist, National Telecommunication Agency (ANATEL), Brazil
  • José Juan Haro, Director LATAM Public Policy and Wholesale Business, Telefónica, S.A.
  • Roslyn Layton, PhD, Fellow, Aalborg University
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  •  Marcelo Mejias, Head of Regulatory Intelligence, TIM Brasil


Spectrum updates – best practice coordination, licensing, efficiency and management in the region

•    Debating approaches to achieving a harmonized approach to band plans and spectrum management in the region
•    License renewal conditions – what are the regulatory approaches to ensure certainty, continuity of service and investment?
•    Latin American positions and priorities post WRC-15
•    Bridging the digital divide and spectrum sharing – what innovative means are being adopted to exploit underused spectrum bands and improve broadband coverage in rural areas?
•    Preparations for the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G

Jose Luis Ayala, Head of Government and Industry Relations for Latin America, Ericsson
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Panellists include

  • Mindel De La Torre, Chief of the International Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Sebastián Kaplan, Director of Regulatory Affairs LATAM, Millicom
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  • Adriana Labardini Inzunza, Commissioner, IFT - Federal Institute of Telecommunications, Mexico
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  • Maryleana Méndez Jiménez, Member of the Board, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (SUTEL), Costa Rica
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  • Sebastián M Cabello, Director, GSMA Latin America
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13.00 Lunch
The IIC extends a special thank you to Ericsson for supporting the lunch.


Network infrastructure and connectivity – sustainable business, policy and regulatory models to stimulate innovation and investment

• Update from IDB on latest infrastructure projects – including:
      o Critical infrastructure protection
      o Data centres
• Active and passive infrastructure sharing initiatives – how do regional experiences compare with global benchmarks on capex and opex costs, network coverage and competitive effects?
• How should regulators and policy-makers balance investment incentives against mandatory sharing objectives? Which works best, in what circumstances?
• The role of federal government and municipalities to facilitate and fund broadband investment in fixed and mobile networks
• What impact do National Broadband Plans have on penetration and take-up?
• Rural access - should alternative, potentially disruptive technologies be pursued or are they distractions from the most economical and scalable means of delivering broadband access?


Antonio Garcia-Zaballos, Telecommunications Lead Specialist - Leader of the Broadband Programme, Institutions for Development (IFD), Capital Markets and Finance (CMF), Inter-American Development Bank

Panellists include

  • Ing. Luis Andrés Montes Bazalar, Technical Secretary FITEL, Ministry of Communications and Transport, Peru
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  • Alejandro Cantú Jiménez, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer, América Móvil
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  • Juan Manuel Wilches, Commissioner, Commission for Communications Regulation, Colombia
  • Elizabeth Rojas Levi, Director Public Policy, America Region, Nokia Corporation
  • Andrea Giuricin, Adjunct Professor in Public Finance and Mobility Management, University Milano Bicocca
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  • Olivier Puech, CEO Latin America, American Tower Corporation


Closing remarks
Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

16.00 End of Forum


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