GENEVA – Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director Eng Godfrey Mutabazi is in Geneva, Switzerland for the Telecommunications Union Inaugural Plenary Meeting.
The delegation also comprises UCC board Members including Hon Wanjuzi Wasieba and Ms Angwech Pamela Judith, and Ms. Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, the Director of Engineering, Communication, and Infrastructure Department at UCC among others.
Uganda was last year re-elected to the Council membership of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the 2019-2022 cycle.
Mr. Mutabazi also held brief talks with Ms. Kelly O’Keefe, the Chief of Staff at US Department of State.
He said that it is essential to establish good working relationships with ITU sector directors to position Uganda as a strategic development partner within the region.
The ITU is governed by the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Administrative Council. The Plenipotentairy Conference is the supreme organ of the Union. It is the decision making body which determines the direction of the Union and its activities.
It also successfully approves operational plans and budgets for Radio communication (ITU-R) managing international radio-frequency spectrum resources; Standardization (ITU-T); Global Telecommunications Development (ITU-D) for equitable, sustainable and affordable ICTs
The Council, on the other hand, acts as the Union’s governing body in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences. Its role is to consider broad telecommunication policy issues to ensure that the Union’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications environment.
ITU Council also prepares a report on the policy and strategic planning of the ITU and responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Union, coordinating work programmes, approving budgets and controlling finances and expenditure.
The Council also takes all steps to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of the ITU Constitution, the ITU Convention, the Administrative Regulations (International Telecommunications Regulations and Radio Regulations), and the decisions of Plenipotentiary Conferences and; where appropriate, the decisions of other conferences and meetings of the Union.
Council Membership (2019-2022)
Region A (Americas): 9 seats
Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, United States, Paraguay
Region B (Western Europe): 8 seats
France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey
Region C (Eastern Europe and Northern Asia): 5 seats
Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation
Region D (Africa): 13 seats
Algeria, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda
Region E (Asia and Australasia): 13 seats
Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Korea (Republic of), Kuwait, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates