A ministerial delegation, led by the Minister for transport, the Postal Service and Telecommunications, Eucario Bacale Angue, and made up of directors from the ministry and from GITGE and ORTEL, is in the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, to take part in meetings at the twentieth Plenipotentiaries Conference (PP-18) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which is being held from 29th October to 16th November.
The plenipotentiaries conference, which is held every four years, is a key event in which the 193 member States of the ITU decide on the future role of the organisation, and thus determine the capacity of the ITU to influence and affect the development of information and communication technologies (ICT) throughout the world.
During the meetings, among other issues, the member States chose through elections the new executive board of the body, and members of the ITU Council of member States. Furthermore, the delegates will cover, following the conclusion of the elections, a series of pressing questions, from strategies to promote digital inclusion and to bridge the digital gap, to ways of taking advantage of emerging technologies such as the Internet, artificial intelligence, 5G and others, in order to provide widespread improvements in the way we live and work.
The conference will establish the ITU financial plan and will hold elections for the five senior positions -General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary, and the directors of the offices for radio telecommunications, normalisation and telecommunications development- who will guide its work for the next four years.
The opening ceremony for the conference was led by the the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and governor of Dubai, H. E. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, accompanied by the ITU General Secretary, Houlin Zhao, and Talal Humaid Belhoul, president of the council of administration for the regulatory authority for telecommunications in the UAE.
The election process took place from 21st October to 5th November, and the results were the following:
ITU General Secretary, Houlin Zhao (China). Zhao will lead the United Nations specialist agency in information and communication technology for the next four years. Zhao was elected with 176 votes, of the 178 votes cast.
ITU Deputy General Secretary, Malcolm Johnson (United Kingdom).
Director of the Radiocommunications office (BR), Mario Maniewicz (Uruguay).
Director of the Telecommunications Normalisation Office (TSB), Chaesub Lee (Republic of South Korea).
Director of the Telecommunications Development Office (BDT), Doreen Bogdan-Martin (United States), the first woman in the history of the ITU to hold a director’s position.
Radiocommunications Regulatory Board (RRB) is a non-permanent body made up of 12 members, which represent the five regions of the ITU (Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Northern Asia, Africa, Asia and Australasia). The board will deal with approving the Regulatory Procedures under the Radiocommunications Regulations, in particular in relation to the assignation and use of radio-electrical frequencies and the use of satellite orbits. It also performs the function of appeals body in the case of disputed, and provides advice to the radiocommunications conferences held on a global and regional level.
The results of the elections to the ITU Radiocommunications Regulatory Board were the following:
1. Region A: Americas: Chantal Beaumier (Canada); Fernando Borjon Figueroa (Mexico).
2. Region B: Western Europe: Yvon Henri (France); Lilian Jeanty (Low Countries).
3. Region C: Eastern Europe and Northern Asia: Sahiba Hasanova (Azerbaijan); Nikolay Varlamov (Russian Federation).
4. Region D: Africa: Elsayed Azzouz (Egypt); Samuel Mandla Mchunu (Rep. of South Africa); Hassan Talib (Morocco).
5. Region E: Asia and Australasia: Tariq Alamri (Saudi Arabia); Akira Hashimoto (Japan); Doan Quang Hoan (Vietnam).
ITU Council, the governing body that supervises the running of the ITU between the four-yearly plenipotentiary conferences, and guarantees the supervision of activities, policies and strategies of the union, manages working groups for the specific areas defined by the plenipotentiaries conference or by the council itself, and creates the projects for strategic and financial plans for the ITU for presentation before the Plenipotentiaries Conference.
The member States of the ITU Council elected for the 2019-2023 period are the following:
1. Region A � Americas (9 seats) � Argentina; Bahamas; Brazil; Canada; Cuba; El Salvador; Mexico; Paraguay; the United States.
2. Region B � Western Europe (8 seats) � France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Italy; Spain; Switzerland; Turkey.
3. Region C � Eastern European and Northern Asia (5 seats) �Azerbaijan; Czech Republic; Poland; Romania; Russian Federation.
4. Region D � Africa (13 seats) � Algeria; Burkina Faso; Ivory Coast; Egypt; Ghana; Kenya; Morocco; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Republic of South Africa; Tunisia; Uganda.
5. Region E � Asia and Australasia (13 seats) � Australia; China; India; Indonesia; Iran (Islamic Republic); Japan; Republic of South Korea; Kuwait; Pakistan; Philippines; Saudi Arabia; Thailand; United Arab Emirates.
The Plenipotentiary Conference of ITU member States concluded with the signing of acts covering the resolutions that will dictate the route map for actions taken by bodies over the next four years.
It is equally worth pointing out that during this conference, the head of the Equatoguinean delegation, Eucario Bacale Angue Oyana, gave a speech in which he resented the declaration of policy in the telecommunications sector in Equatorial Guinea. The speech stated firstly the transformation in the set of necessary infrastructures implemented by the Equatoguinean Government for the deployment of electronic communications in our country over the last 10 years. The minister outlined the ambitious strategic plan drawn up by the Government for the ICT sector, to be implemented over the next 6 years, and thanks to which Equatorial Guinea will be able to become fully integrated within the knowledge community, and define itself as having reached a level of universal access for all basic communications services, with a fully computerised administration, a comprehensive degree of security, a population familiarised with the digital world, and a leading sector in economic activity.
Taking advantage of the circumstances regarding the event, the minister and the delegation accompanying him held bilateral meetings with the various international delegations and organisations, which included the recently elected ITU General Secretary, the ATU General Secretary, the ministers for Telecommunications from Rwanda, the republic of Tunisia, etc., in order to redirect participation, and as a result, initiate the process to provide Equatorial Guinea with the visibility it deserves before these international players, and analyse possible means of cooperation, in such a way that our country may benefit as a member State from their support.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office