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USTTI News Update For March 2007
March 14, 2007

Secretary General of the ITU Visits with the USTTI Board
On March 2, 2007 USTTI Chairman, Ambassador Michael Gardner, and the USTTI Board of Directors hosted a breakfast with Hamadoun Touré, the newly elected Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union. During breakfast, Mr. Touré discussed his plans for the ITU, and voiced his support for the USTTI. Board Members then asked various questions about ICT issues facing the ITU in future.

Keep Them Coming
USTTI’s course curriculum in 2007, has already received 4,885 applications from communications officials and engineers in 103 developing countries; our 2007 training year will kick-off later this month with our first sequence, “Spectrum Management.” If you have not yet applied for training this year, please remember, due to time-sensitive visa requirements, you should submit applications at least 16 weeks prior to your desired course’s orientation date. Also, when you are applying for training, it is very important to completely fill out the USTTI Training application, paying particular attention to the applicant training goals and experience sections.

USTTI Supports USTDA Conference on Sub-Saharan Africa Information and Communications Technology
On March 19-21, 2007, USTTI Curriculum Director, Brian T. McCloskey, will participate in the US Trade and Development's Sub-Saharan Africa Information and Communications Technology Conference, in San Francisco, CA. Organized by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of State, and Commerce, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the conference will bring together public and private sector project sponsors from more than 20 African countries. Included at this conference will be: ICT sector leaders and key decision makers; U.S. equipment suppliers and service providers catering to the ICT industry. More information on this conference can be found at www.trademeetings.com.

USTTI Web Forum
On Wednesday, February 7, 2007 UTTI Curriculum Director Brian McCloskey and Curriculum Coordinator William Linnoila hosted this years first Web Forum. During the almost three hour-long discussion 45 questions were answered on funding opportunities, the application and selection processes, and course suggestions. We would like to thank those who participated by submitting questions, and we enjoyed hearing from all of you. If you still have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at train@ustti.org

March Madness
Each year March signals the beginning of the USTTI training year, but also the end of the US college basketball season. On Sunday, March 11 – “Selection Sunday” – we will find out the 64 college teams that will compete for the National Championship. Offices everywhere, including the USTTI, will make their predictions and compete in friendly pools that will end with the final game in April. We wish everyone luck this year!


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