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Human Resources

Marcel Belingue, Senior Manager,
Programmes – Capacity Development and Training

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Marcel Belingue, Senior Manager, Programmes – Capacity Development and Training
Marcel Belingue, Senior Manager, Programmes – Capacity Development
and Training

Capacity development through training is a key service offered by the CTO to help its members keep pace with advances in communication technologies and changes in operating environments. A range of programmes addressing evolutions such as LTE and 4G, NGN, digital broadcasting, or IPTV are organised by CTO’s Capacity Development & Training division (CDT) every year in member countries in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Beyond technology and ICT business management programmes, CTO’s CDT delivers unique training courses on critical themes such as policy development in areas such cybersecurity, ICTs and disabilities, youth and ICTs, skills development, and regulatory frameworks.

Open Programmes

Often working in partnership with international and regional organisations, our open programmes include a range of courses developed to provide an in-depth understanding of specific concepts. They address key subjects in ICT policy development, regulation, technology, and management. Examples of such courses include Spectrum Management, Mobile Number Portability, Quality of Service and Experience, Business Process Re-engineering, or Entreprise Security Management. Participation in these programmes is open to any organisation, and these programmes allow the CTO to reach out to ICT professionals from both member- and non-member countries and organisations.

Promoting Knowledge Sharing through PDT

Most CTO members source training from the CTO through the Programme for Development and Training (PDT), which is the CTO’s main capacity development programme. PDT provides a mechanism that facilitates cost-effective knowledge sharing among members annually. Benefits provided through PDT include:

  • Bespoke training and consulting programmes;
  • Access to international expertise and exposure to the latest industry best practices;
  • Opportunities for benchmarking and long-term partnerships;
  • Priority registration at CTO training programmes.

For more information about the PDT,
contact CTO’s CDT team at

In-house Programmes

Our in-house programmes allow public and private sector organisations to request bespoke training specific to their needs. Courses are developed as solutions to actual issues the requesting organisation is facing, taking into account key factors such as the profile and level of experience of targeted participants, the nature of the operations of the organisation, current operational issues, and local industry considerations. Delivery, usually for groups of up to 30 participants, can take place within 8 weeks or less from the requirements being identified, offering members a swift and reliable solution for urgent requirements.

Diploma in Telecommunications, Management Studies

CTO’s DTMS has been developed to help ICT organisations prepare their experienced ICT specialists workforce for leadership roles. Delivered over 6 intensive weeks, the DTMS provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the following concepts:

  • Telecommunications network fundamentals;
  • Policy and regulation;
  • Business strategy and project management;
  • Business continuity planning;
  • Human resources management;
  • Marketing and customer relations management;
  • Financial management;
  • Risk management.

For more information about CTO’s DTMS, contact CTO’s CDT team at or visit

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