A frank and invitation-only discussion among National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) of small nations on evolving regulatory frameworks in times of change.
The essential role of ICT and digital sectors is undisputed, brought into even sharper focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulators have taken a number of steps so that continuity of services can be guaranteed, against a backdrop of consumer protection and universal access to essential information and services.
This interactive discussion and sharing of experience, open to regulatory authorities of small nations only, examined how these actions might inform and facilitate future modernisation of current regulatory frameworks. What does the ‘new normal’ look like from a policy, regulatory and commercial perspective?
Report of the Small Nations Regulators’ Forum webinar on 9th September 2020: Evolving regulatory frameworks in times of change
Cordel Green is Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission, which regulates radio, television and cable in Jamaica, and he is helping to lead Jamaica’s Digital Television Transition process.
Mr Green has been appointed to the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO and represents Jamaica on UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the Information For All Programme (IFAP). He is also Vice-Chair of the International Bureau for IFAP and Chairman of the IFAP Working Group on Information Accessibility. His other affiliations include being a Vice-Chair (Caribbean), International Centre for Information Ethics (ICIE); Member of the Law Committee for the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Consideration in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems; Member of the IEEE Working Group on Trustworthiness in News; Member of the IEEE Working Group on Recommended Practice for Organizational Governance of AI; Advisory Board member of the Society for Scientific Advancement (SOSA); and honorary member of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (Washington DC).
Mr Green holds Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) degrees from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Laws Degree with distinction, from the University of Sheffield in England, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Mona School of Business, and is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Programme and a Chevening Scholar.
Paul Canessa was Chief Executive Officer of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA) from October 2000 to October 2021.
Mr Canessa was responsible for regulating the electronic communications sector in Gibraltar, which includes the licensing of the radio spectrum, satellite communications and broadcasting.
Mr Canessa was also the Information Commissioner.
The GRA is governed by a Board made up of five members. Mr Canessa was Chairman of the Board during his term.
Mr Canessa’s background is in broadcasting, having been a television producer/journalist and then Head of News and Current Affairs with the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation.
Dr Rainer Schnepfleitner currently heads the Office for Communications in Liechtenstein, where he is responsible for the regulatory frameworks of Electronic Communications, Audio-Visual Media, Signature and Trust Services and Post.
Dr Schnepfleitner started his career in telecommunications with the Austrian Regulatory Authority. Later he gained expertise in European antitrust and state aid provisions while working with the European Commission in DG Competition. In 2003 he moved to Swisscom, where he was responsible for fixed and mobile regulatory accounting, before continuing his career as project and product manager where he introduced various mobile navigation solutions. From 2008 to 2018 Dr Schnepfleitner worked for the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) in Doha, Qatar, where he was responsible for the regulatory frameworks of Telecommunications, IT, Access to Digital Media and Post.
Dr Schnepfleitner received a Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Economics from Vienna Economic University. He also holds a post graduate degree in European Competition Law from King’s College in London.
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