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17th February 2020

Regional Regulators’ Forum Thailand 2020 – Postponed

Regional Regulators’ Forum, Telecoms, Media & Regulatory Forum (TMRF)

Coronavirus Update:The International Institute of Communications has regretfully taken the decision to cancel the IIC Asia events in Bangkok until a future date.

The ongoing concerns around the novel coronavirus have made travel decisions difficult, or impossible. Of course we hope that this will be a postponement rather than a cancellation and that we might call upon you to join us at some future time.

Meanwhile may I – and the team at the IIC – thank you for your patience. We hope that the situation soon will improve worldwide and look forward to meeting you at an IIC event in the not too distant future.

Warm regards

Chris Chapman

The annual IIC Asia meetings will be held in Bangkok on 17-19 February 2020.

Comprising both the Regional Regulators’ Forum (17 February) and the Telecommunications & Media Forum (TMF, in collaboration with ESCAP) on 18-19 February, the meetings will bring together, under the Chatham House Rule, experts from the region and beyond, from the regulatory sphere, government, industry, academia and civil society, to discuss themes of regional and global significance.

17 February: Regional Regulators’ Forum is a free event which will look at the rapid developments of the past year and the direction in which they are heading for:

  • Models of collaboration and coordination to build an effective and resilient regulatory structure for the future
  • Infrastructure and connectivity with a comparison of regional and international policies
  • Multilateral and national strategies to drive the digital economy forward

Follow us on Twitter @The_IIC and check out #IICAsia2020 for all the latest news

Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 February 2020

The Telecoms, Media and Regulatory Forum (TMRF) Asia 2020 will be held at: 

Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel
33/1 S Sathon Rd
Yan Nawa, Sathon
Bangkok 10120, Thailand


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Hotel Information

The Asia 2020 Telecoms, Media & Regulatory Forum (17-19 February) will be held at:

The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok                                                
33/1 South Sathorn Road
Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Reservations: rsvn@eastingrandsathorn.com
Tel: +66 2210 8399
Fax: +66 2212 3746

Click here for maps and directions


Can we kindly ask that you book your hotel accommodation as soon as possible, as rooms are booking up quickly.

The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok is offering the following special room rates:

The special room rate ends on 3 February 2020.

To book, please click here to download the hotel booking form to secure the special rates.
Please complete and send to: Reservation – Email: rsvn@eastingrandsathorn.com

Superior Room:
Single @ THB 3,500.- net/room/night
Double / Twin @ THB 3,900.- net/room/night

**All rates are inclusive of government tax and service charged

Room Type includes:
Daily international buffet breakfast
LAN line and Wireless internet access in room and public area
Complimentary 2 bottled drinking water per day
Complimentary coffee and tea set in room
Infinity pool and high-tech, 24 hour gym facility access



Keynote Speakers

Amitabh Kant CEO, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI)

Amitabh Kant is presently CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI). He is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, IAS (Kerala Cadre: 1980 batch). He is the author of Branding India-An Incredible Story. Mr Kant has been a key driver of the “Make in India”, Startup India, “Incredible India” and God’s Own Country” initiatives that positioned India and Kerala State as leading manufacturing and tourism destinations. These campaigns have won several international awards. These campaigns have won several international awards and embraced a host of activities – infrastructure development, product enhancement, private-public partnership and positioning and branding based on extensive market research. Kant also conceptualized and executive the “Atithi Devo Bhavah” – “Guest is God” campaign to train Taxi Drivers, Guides, immigration officials and make them stake holders in the tourism development process. Mr Kant was also the National Project Director of the Rural Tourism Project of UNDP which made a paradigm shift in spreading tourism to Indian villages which had core-competency in handicrafts, handloom and culture.

In his capacity as Secretary (Industries) Govt. of India, he drove the Ease of Doing Business initiative and ranking of States on outcome parameters. He is the Chairman of the Committee to implement Digital Payment in India.

He has been the recipient of Economic Time Policy Change Agent of the Year Award, the Bloomberg TV Personality of the year Award, the NDTV Administrator of the year Award and the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Directors. He is the recipient of One Globe Award-2016 for leadership in Transforming Governance for the 21st Century. He is a Member of the Steering Board of “Shaping the Future of Production Systems” of World Economic Forum. He is also the recipient of Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship awarded by the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He is also the recipient of Golden Peacock Award for leadership in Economic Transformation-2017.

Mr Kant has worked as CMD – ITDC, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, Secretary – Tourism, Government of Kerala, Managing Director, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, District Collector, Kozikhode and Managing Director, Matsyafed. During his tenure in Kerala he structured the Calicut Airport as a private sector project based on User’s Free and developed the BSES Power Project and Mattanchery Bridge under Private Public Partnership. He was also responsible for introducing new technology (fiberglass crafts and outboard motor) in the fisheries sector and launching beach level auctions which substantially enhanced returns to traditional fishermen.

Mr Kant studied at Modern School, Delhi. He graduated in Economics (Hons) from St. Stephens, Delhi University and MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is a Chevening Scholar.

Takorn Tantasith Secretary General, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand

Takorn Tantasith is the first Secretary General of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), having taken up the role in 2012, Mr. Tantasith, has dedicated his time and energy to guide the NBTC and facilitate the development of Thailand telecommunication and broadcasting industry.

Prior to joining NBTC, Mr Takorn held various notable positions in Bureau of Budget and Office of the Auditor General of Thailand. Additionally, he was an advisor to the Senate House Committee of Communications for many years.

During his tenure as a Secretary General of the NBTC, the organisation has delivered many tangible and meaningful projects such as spectrum auctions and price regulations that simultaneously advance Thai telecommunication and broadcasting industry as well as protect consumers’ benefits. He also pushed for universal services to ensure equal access to technology for Thai people.

Mr Takorn received a bachelor of laws with second-class honors from Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand in 1982 and a master’s degree in public administration from Detroit University, USA in 1986. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in public administration from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2013.


Andrea Millwood Hargrave Director of Regulatory Fora, International Institute of Communications

Andrea Gita Millwood Hargrave, Director of Regulatory Fora, is an independent advisor on regulatory policy and research, working across the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors. Formerly the IIC’s Director General from February 2009-March 2020, her interest in developments in the communications industry is evident from her experience, both regulatory and business-facing, initially with media content development, and now with emerging technologies that make up the converging digital ecosystem.

An Associate of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, and serving as an Expert with the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), Andrea has published widely on media policy in an international context. She has a keen interest in communications and digital literacy and has acted as an Expert in for both the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as working in an advisory capacity for international organisations.

Chris Chapman President, International Institute of Communications; Director, Nihilent Australia Pty Limited

Chris Chapman was appointed President of the International Institute of Communications on 1 April 2016.

Mr Chapman previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). He was appointed in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a 2nd five year term in October 2010 until April 2016. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.

Mr Chapman is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.

Before joining ACMA, Mr Chapman held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown. He has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and Sports Vision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.

Mr Chapman has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.

Jonathan Gonzalez Senior Research Analyst, Technology Research Project Corporate (TRPC), Singapore

Jonathan Gonzalez is a research analyst with experience in media, academia, and government across Europe and Asia.

Before joining TRPC in Singapore, Mr Gonzalez was a senior writer and editor at Editor Group, where he developed corporate thought leadership content for technology, finance and government organisations. Before this role, he led the editorial team at DBS Bank, publishing financial intelligence for the Asian Insights Office. His broad industry experience comes from working with consultancies and think tanks, including stints as a contributing researcher at the EIU and a policy analyst at the OECD.

Mr Gonzalez holds master’s degrees in political science and international relations from the Institute of Policy Studies of Paris (“Sciences Po Paris”) and Toulouse (“Sciences Po Toulouse”), respectively. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the Université Victor Segalen in Bordeaux.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Malaysia Speaker to be confirmed

Bio coming soon

Monsak Socharoentum (Dr) Vice President for Smart City Promotion, Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA)

Bio coming soon

Phavanhna Douangboupha Deputy Director General, Dept. of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT), Lao PDR

Ms Phavanhna Douangboupha, Deputy Director General of Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) of Lao PDR, oversees the International Cooperation Divisions. Before joining the Department of Planning and Cooperation, she was in several departments within the Ministry including the Lao National Internet Center where she worked with the LaoCERT (Lao Computer Emergency Response Team) and the e-Government Center.

She first joined the public sector in 2005 in the IT deprtment of the National Authority of Science and Technology (now known as the Ministry of Science and Technology). She alsoMs Douangboupha has worked in the IT Industryindustry in the US, and Australia, as well. Currently, she has been working in MPT of Lao. PDR.

Ms Douangboupha holds Master’s degree in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), New York, USA. She also has a the Global Leadership Certificate from the Leadership Institute of RIT and a Bachelor degree in Engineering (Computer) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Rolly Purnomo Commissioner, Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (BRTI)

Bio coming soon

Sudharma Yoonaidharma (Professor) Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand; Chairman, Thailand Chapter

Currently Professor Sudharma Yoonaidharma serves as Commissioner for Energy Regulatory Commission, Thailand.

He currently also holds positions as Commissioner, Higher Education Commission; Legal Expert on Committee on Digital Economy Infrastructure and is a Member of Directors of the Chulabhorn Royal Institute. He was also a Commissioner of the National Telecommunication Commission (2004-2010) – a predecessor of the current National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Professor Yoonaidharma was the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the NTC appointment, he taught business and economic law at Chulalongkorn University. There, he held senior posts, including Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Director General of the Intellectual Property Institute and Director General of the Science and Technology Law Center. Through the years, Professor Yoonaidharma’s other activities included the drafting of telecommunications and e‐commerce laws, and a proposal to liberalise and privatise government‐owned operators. He was appointed as a World Bank transport and telecommunications expert to work with the Ministry of Finance to facilitate corporatisation of public utility service agencies, and also prepared a position paper for the Thai Government to negotiate telecommunication services under the Uruguay Round leading to the Thai Schedule of Commitment of 1994 and 1996.

Professor Yoonaidharma has been the lead telecommunication negotiation delegate for the Japan‐Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement, Thailand‐US Free Trade Agreement (suspended), Thailand‐India Economic Cooperation Agreement, ASEAN‐China Closer Economic Cooperation Agreement and Thailand‐Australia Free Trade Agreement. He was nominated as the Chairman of the ASEAN Telecommunication Regulators Council (ATRC) in 2009, Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐Japan Telecommunication Dialogue and Co‐Chair of ASEAN‐China Telecommunication Dialogue.

Professor Yoonaidharma, a notable speaker at many international meetings and conferences, also teaches Telecommunications Law for Masters degrees at the Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University.

Monday 17 February

11.00 Registration and Refreshments
11.30 Welcome

Chris Chapman, President, International Institute of Communications

11.40 Welcome and Opening Keynote

Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand

12.00 Session 1: Models of collaboration and coordination to build an effective and resilient regulatory structure for the future
  • Will the objectives of communications regulation remain the same in the new digital era?
  • Models for collaboration where digitalisation impacts industries regulated by various policies/regulations
  • Rules or principles? Which models work best for developing industries?
  • What are the challenges created by communications services that cross borders, and what are some of the remedies?
  • Models of collaboration – Ex ante and ex post approaches
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Session 2: Infrastructure and connectivity with a comparison of regional and international policies
  • Closing the Digital Exclusion Gap/Meeting the SDGS
  • Stimulating demand for services – Copyright and the creative industries
  • Financing infrastructure: Universal service funds or other financial models such as state aid or the encouragement of private investment?
  • The reality of ubiquitous coverage: Integration of fixed and wireless
15.00 Refreshments
15.20 Session 3: Multilateral and national strategies to drive the digital economy forward
  • Collaboration and coordination to avoid a piecemeal regulatory approach which can have a chilling effect on positive benefits for society and the economy
  • What are key areas for consideration to minimise unintended consequences so that policy and regulation are supportive of the long-term growth of the digital economy?
  • Building expertise into all branches and levels of policy making to enable good decision-making
16:00 Refreshments
16.15 Presentation and discussion of report: Artificial Intelligence in the Asia-Pacific Region - Examining policies and strategies to maximise AI readiness
17.00 Close
18.30 Dinner for Regulators, kindly hosted by National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand
Download the agenda (PDF)
Event details
17th February 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
Investment, Governance, Infrastructure and Spectrum, Privacy, Safety, Security
Asia Pacific
Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel, 33/1 S Sathon Rd, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

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