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India takes over chairmanship of ITU Council for 2010

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Dr. Hamadoun Touré, ITU-Secretary-General

The International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) governing body has handed today , in its annual session, the rotating chairmanship to India and its Deputy Director-General, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, R.N. Jha.

The ITU Council, comprising of 46 member states, began its session today, to review the implementation of the Union’s strategic and financial plans for the 2008-2011 period, as well as the draft plans for 2012-2015.

At the first plenary meeting, India took over the rotating chairmanship from Ghana.

“This session of Council is particularly important as this is the year of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. Many issues being discussed here will find their way to the Mexico conference”, commented R.N. Jha, Deputy Director-General, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India and ITU’s new Chairman.

He referred to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, 4-22 October 2010, when all members will be discussing the latest developments in information and communication technologies worldwide, including the increasing need for newer technologies, applications and services for business and economic growth.

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