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, has gone to 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 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 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. It is expected to attract around 3000 participants, including Heads of State and an estimated 130 VIPs from over 193 member States and private companies, academic institutions and national, regional and international bodies.
The ITU aims to coordinate the shared global use of the radio frequency spectrum, promote international cooperation in the assignation of satellite orbits, work to improve telecommunications infrastructures in the developing world, and establish global standards to promote interconnection without gaps for a wide range of communication systems.
During the celebration of the meetings, the delegates will cover a series of urgent questions, from strategies to promote digital inclusion and the bridging of the digital gap, to ways of taking advantage of emerging technologies such as the Internet, artificial intelligence, 5G and others.
The conference will also 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- for the next four years.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office