ICP Technical Assistance

/ Updated on 30.04.2007

Under its responsibilities as regulatory authority for the communications sector, ICP has been developing technical assistance relationships with several countries, including the PALOPS - African Countries with Portuguese as the Official Language ([Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and S. Tomé e Príncipe), East Timor and some Central and Eastern European countries (such as Bulgaria and Hungary). In the majority of the cases, these actions are based on Cooperation Protocols established with the homologous entities of these countries.

The cooperation established with East Timor, specifically with UNTAET, through the ITPT (Information Technology, Postal and Communications Division), is of particular importance, as it indicates the political commitment of Portugal towards East Timor.

Therefore, considering the Article 7 of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Portuguese Government and the East Timor Transition Government, signed on the 3rd of November 2000, the first training action for representatives of Timor in the area of radio spectrum inspection took place on the 1st of October 2001.

Meanwhile, other phases have been scheduled and will take place before the end of this year (2001). Between the 22nd and 26th of October, there will be a training action on protocols and international obligations, followed by another one from the 29th to the 31st on regulating and licensing. The last training action programmed for this first phase will be held from the 19th to the 29th of November, referring to pricing and numbering.

The ICP will also organize training actions to representatives of the Instituto das Comunicações da Guiné-Bissau, concerning planning and statistics, accounting and finance management, institutional organisation and public relations and finally management of the radio spectrum.

The technical cooperation policy promoted by ICP has been met with increasing interest from the mentioned countries and has been developed through training actions held at the ICP, exchange of information, consultation and, in some cases, by 'in situ' missions.

It is also foreseen that, in the near future, a cycle of initiatives involving even wider ranging technical cooperation within the bounds of the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries). This cycle follows the conclusions of the last Postal and Telecommunications Administrations and Ministers Meeting of the CPLP, which took place on the 26th and 27th of April 2001, in Maputo.

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