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Friday, December 2, 2022

Ghana retains seat on ITU Council

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (middle), Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, with Ghana’s delegation at the ITU Plenipotentiary in Bucharest, Romania.

Ghana has been re-elected to the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the 2023 to 2026 term.

The elections for the Council membership were held yesterday at the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 in Bucharest, Romania.

The ITU Council acts as the union’s governing body in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences, held every four years.

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.

The council is also responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the union, coordinating work programmes, approving budgets, controlling finances and expenditure.

A release issued in Accra by the National Communications Authority (NCA) said: “Ghana has been serving as a member of the Executive Council since 2002 and has also played various leadership roles in study groups as well as actively taking part in other ITU activities”.

Sector Minister responds

According to the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who led Ghana’s electoral campaign, “the Republic of Ghana will keep up with its sterling contribution to the ITU Council while ensuring that it carries its service to the telecommunication world in a resourceful, transparent and forward-looking manner.”

“The government’s commitment to ensuring that its citizens across the country get connected is also on course.”

She explained in the release that the government had already done a lot through initiatives such as the innovative Rural Telephony project and Sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTS) to secure the country’s cyber space among other things.

ITU Radio Regulations Board

In a related development, Rev. Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko, the acting Director of Engineering at the NCA was elected to ITU’s Radio Regulations Board (RRB) for the 2023-2026 term.

Rev. Fianko is one of the three RRB members representing Africa on the 12-member board with the responsibility to approve the rules and procedure for the application of radio and regulations and to adjudicate on matters brought before the board.

Rev. Fianko is an electronic communications engineer with in-depth experience in radio frequency spectrum management, telecom and broadcasting regulation, as well as policy formulation at the national, regional and international levels.

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