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April Update
April 13, 2010

USTTI-CTU Ministerial Briefing Seminar
A group of 26 Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Regulators from Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago participated in an intensive briefing seminar hosted by the USTTI, US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) to discuss the challenges and key policy decisions facing these leaders as they work to utilize ICTs as a driver for knowledge based societies. During their three days in Washington, these senior officials had discussions with Ambassador Philip Verveer, the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications Policy at the US Department of State; Mr. Lawrence Strickling, NTIA Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the US Department of Commerce; Mrs. Meredith Atwell Baker, Commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); Dale Hatfield, renowned Spectrum Management Guru, Executive Director of Silicon Flatirons and Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder; as well as senior industry executives representing companies on the USTTI Board of Directors on the future of ICT in their countries and throughout the Caribbean Basin. Throughout the Seminar these key decision makers discussed the importance of connecting the unconnected in each of their countries and the significance that regional harmonization plays in their success. As a result of this program and the bold leadership of CTU Secretary General, Ms. Bernadette Lewis, three of the Ministries from the Caribbean Basin announced they would move forward aggressively with establishing Internet Exchange points in their countries.

2010 Training Year Begins
Eighteen Women and men from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guyana, Lesotho, Nepal, Nigeria, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam have begun USTTI’s 28th year of tuition-free training with participation in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) course, “Radio Frequency Spectrum Management.” At the conclusion of this two-week session, several scholars will continue through the Spectrum Management Training Sequence, participating in courses sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Comsearch and TCI International. These hands-on training courses are designed to empower attendees and ensure that their country’s vital natural resource of spectrum is being managed efficiently and effectively.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual two-weeklong celebration held every March/April in Washington, D.C. . While the festival originally commemorated the March 27, 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees to the City of Washington, DC by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance and celebrate the growing friendship between Japan and the United States, today, many Washingtonians celebrate the bloom of the trees as a time honored tradition of winter’s end and spring’s beginning. In 2009, more than 700,000 people attended the festival, to experience the beauty of the cherry blossoms, cultural performances and dances, a parade and a 10 mile running race.

Alumni Update:
USTTI is proud to highlight some of the professional success stories from our alumni in our monthly updates:

Besnik Berisha (Kosovo) – 2008 Alumnus. Mr. Berisha has been appointed by the Assembly of Kosovo as a Board Member of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Kosovo. As a graduate of USTTI tuition-free training courses sponsored by Cisco and Verisign, Mr. Berisha has used the knowledge gained in these courses to guide him in his work and newly appointed role on the TRA Board charged with overseeing and managing the spectrum.

Dennis Lupenga (Malawi) – 2009 Alumnus. Following his participation in “Introduction to Commercial Television Broadcasting” sponsored by WDHN in Dothan, Alabama Mr. Lupenga returned home and revamped his news organizations website to provide more in-depth coverage to his fellow country women and men in Malawi. In addition, to his work with Zodiak Malawi, Mr. Lupenga has also launched an SMS advertising platform to allow farmers and land owners in Malawi to compete more freely and less expensively in the agricultural commodities market.

Congratulations to our alumni for their recent successes. Please continue to keep us updated on how USTTI’s tuition-free training helped your career progress by sending any career updates to USTTI Senior Curriculum Coordinator, Jim O’Connor, at joconnor@ustti.org


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