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UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia elected to ITU Council

UAE gains seats on ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board

H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA.
H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA.

The UAE has been elected to the council of the International Telecommunication Union for the third consecutive time.

Eighteen countries bid for the thirteen council seats reserved for the Asia region. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were also elected to the council, while for the Africa region, the seats were awarded to Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda.

The council elections took place as part of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference taking place in Busan, South Korea.

Eng. Nasser Bin Hammad, Senior Manager International Affairs at the TRA also won membership of the ITU Radio Regulations Board.

The Radio Regulation Board which belongs to the Radio Communication Sector (ITU-R) of the International Telecommunication Union, one of the largest ITU sectors, is considered one of the high-level councils within the Union, where the election of its members takes place at the Union's Plenipotentiary Conference, held once every four years. Once elected, members of the Council have no bias towards any other management in the Union, making its outcome of activities, resolutions and performance highly objective.

"On behalf of the TRA management and staff, I am honoured to offer my sincere congratulations to H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, on the great achievements attained by the UAE during its participation in the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference." said H.E. Mohamad Ahmad Al-Qamzi, Chairman of TRA Board of Directors. "We at the TRA will continue working and intensifying efforts to consolidate the UAE's prominent stature within the ICT and Mobile Government international scene."

"These two achievements are very significant since the International Telecommunication Union is one of the most prestigious international organizations in charge of developing the ICT sector, which is the most dynamic sector in today's knowledge based economy, relying heavily on digital data and smart cities. Naming our country in these two important positions comes in recognition of the high stature achieved by the UAE within the knowledge economy arena, which comes in compliance with the directives of our wise leadership and in line with the national vision and our commitment to maintain the prestigious position of the UAE on the ICT international map," he added.

"In addition to these two accomplishments, the UAE was announced as official hosts of the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union in 2018 with the consent of ITU member states. We feel proud that the UAE's bid to the presidency of the conference was met with great acceptance and support reflected by the warm applause received after the UAE's announcement," said H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the TRA

"I would like to thank the members of the national team, formed to prepare for the Plenipotentiary Conference of the ITU, for their efforts and endeavours as they worked hard during a full year to garner the necessary support. I assure them that they are real partners in this success and victory," he added.