Egypt has won the membership of the Administrative Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) from 2019 till 2022 after being re-elected to the ITU Council membership during the elections held at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (ITUPP) held in Dubai, UAE, during 29 October till 16 November, with the participation of more than 2,500 decision makers.
Through this position, Egypt actively participates in reviewing the activities and operational plans of the ITU various sectors and Secretariat, and issues decisions on them in between the quadrennial Plenipotentiary Conferences. This is addition to following up on the formation of the Council’s various working groups.
The Egyptian candidate Elsayed Azzouz has also won the membership of the ITU Radio Regulations Board (RRB) representing the African continent. RRB job is to approve Rules of Procedure, used by the Radiocommunication Bureau in applying the provisions of the Radio Regulations and registering frequency assignments made by the Member States.
An Egyptian high-level delegation headed by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat particpated at the ITUPP in Dubai over two days, during 30 October - 1 November. The ICT Minister held a number of meetings with ministers and senior officials participating in the Conference, where he discussed the most important developments in the field of international communications. He also discussed opportunities for enhancing cooperation, supporting Egypt's candidature in the elections held on the seat of the ITU Administrative Council for the African continent and supporting the Egyptian candidate for the RRB membership, seeking to enhance Egypt's position and international leadership in the ICT field.
The Plenipotentiary Conference is the official meeting of the highest body of the ITU. Held every four years, ITUPP is the key event at which ITU Member States decide on the future role of the organization, thereby determining the organization’s ability to influence and affect the development of ICTs worldwide. ITUPP sets the Union’s general policies; adopts four-year strategic and financial plans; and elects the senior management team of the organization (the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General and the directors of ITU sectors’ bureaus), the Member States of the Council and the members of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB).