At the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference held in Dubai the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria emerged as Africa’s representatives of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, receiving 114 votes in the process. As a member of the global body for the next 4 years (2019-2023), the West African country will have access to this wide range of international network to help standardize its telecoms industry.
The union, apart from other responsibilities is also responsible for the development of telecommunications across the globe. This will help Nigeria establish partnerships with other private stakeholders. It will further assist Nigeria to achieve its ubiquitous Broadband deployment plan.
12 other African countries including Algeria, Morocco, Rwanda, Egypt, South Africa and Ghana. Others are Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Uganda, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cameron, Tanzania, Togo, Sudan and Mauritania.
Other elections include candidates being elected to the organisation’s top five management posts namely:
- Mr Houlin Zhao of China was re-elected to the post of ITU Secretary-General.
- Mr Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom was re-elected to the post of ITU Deputy Secretary-General.
- Dr Chaesub Lee of Republic of Korea was re-elected to the post of Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB).
- Mr Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay was elected to the post of Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau (BR).
- Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States was elected to the post of Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT).