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Bangladesh Wins ITU Council Membership
Source: http://www.bdnews24.com/
Source Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Bangladesh
Created: Oct 18, 2010

Dhaka, Oct 12 (bdnews24.com) — Bangladesh has achieved membership of the International Telecommunication Union's council at its Plenipotentiary Conference in Mexico, said members of the Bangladeshi delegation.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN agency, regulates information and communication technology issues.

"Bangladesh has won the membership getting 123 votes out of the total 161," Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chief Zia Ahmed told bdnews24.com on Tuesday over phone from Mexico.

Bangladesh has been made sixth out of the 13 memberships reserved for the Asia and Australasia region, said the BTRC chairman.

The ITU Council comprises 48 members, elected from five regions namely, the Americas, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, Africa and Asia & Australasia.

The Bangladesh delegation includes post and telecommunication minister Raziuddin Ahmed Raju, chairman of the parliamentary committee on the ministry Hasanul Huq Inu, secretary Sunil Kanti Bose, the BTRC chairman and members of the parliamentary committee.

Talking to bdnews24.com, the minister said it was a great victory for Bangladesh. "I dedicate this victory to our great leader prime minister Sheikh Hasina."

Referring to recent media reports on the large Bangladeshi delegation sent to the ITU conference in Mexico, the minister said delegations of South Korea and Japan consist over 50 members. "Romania and Nigeria have even brought their cultural teams."

Local media reported Tk 900,000 has been spent alone as plane fares for each member travelling in business class while the cost is Tk 150,000 for each in the economy class.

Touching on Bangladesh's benefit of being a member of the ITU Council, Inu said Bangladesh will be able to play a key role as representative of the developing nations.

"Bangladesh will be an important stakeholder in formulating the strategies, financial issues, radio spectrum communications and regulations for the next 4 years."

The lawmaker echoed the minister on the issue of the local media reports.

ITU elections are held every four year where the secretary general, deputy secretary general, directors of the radio communication bureau, telecommunication standardisation bureau, telecommunication development bureau, members of Radio Regulations board along with member countries for the ITU council are elected.

Hamadoun I Touré has been re-elected as the ITU president.

Mali national Touré visited Bangladesh last February, when he attended the launching ceremony of a government initiative, 'Digital Bangladesh: Plan of Connecting People' which the prime minister attended as chief guest.

ITU is the eldest organisation in the UN family still in existence. It was founded as the International Telegraph Union in 1865 before coming under the UN system.

Since its formation, the ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, established worldwide standards and addressed the global challenges of the time, such as strengthening cyber-security.

The organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, includes 191 member countries.

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