Ghana, Nigeria, and 11 other African countries have been voted into the membership of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council, and Radio Regulations Board. This took place at the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the Council, held in Dubai – which also saw ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao re-elected for another four year term.
Founded in 1865 (then known as the International Telegraph Union), the ITU which is an agency of the United Nations, is the oldest international organisation and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It was set up to coordinate telecommunication operations and services throughout the world.
The ITU, is the global authority responsible for the management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources – through its Radio communication Sector (ITU-R), and its secretariat the Radio communication Bureau.
The International Telecommunications Union is governed by the supreme organ of the union, the Plenipotentiary Conference, which elects its senior officials, the 48 members of its Council as well as the 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board.
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It ensures oversight of the Union’s activities, policies and strategies, manages Working Groups on specific topics set up by Plenipotentiary Conferences or by the Council itself, and prepares the draft ITU strategic and financial plans for its presentation to the Plenipotentiary.
The seats were divided into five regions, which include Region A, with the Americas having nine seats. Western Europe has eight seats and are in Region B.
Region C consists of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia with five seats. Nigeria and 12 others including Algeria; Burkina Faso; Côte d’Ivoire; Egypt; Ghana; Kenya; Morocco; Rwanda; Senegal; South Africa; Tunisia; Uganda, are in region D. Asia and Australasia with 13 seats rounding it off with Region E.
“We continue to connect the unconnected. We are strengthening partnerships to implement our common vision of a connected world, where information and communication technology is a source for good for everyone everywhere” Houlin Zhao said.