Egypt has always been keen on promoting the vision and role of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for a rapidly growing ICT industry, ever since it became an ITU member, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amr Talaat said Tuesday.
Talaat was speaking during a reception ceremony organized by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in support of the Egyptian delegation participating in the ITU 21st Plenipotentiary Conference the Romanian capital, Bucharest, is hosting between September 26 and October 14.
He noted that Egypt had submitted its candidature for the membership of the ITU Board of Directors to represent Africa for a four-year term.
Meanwhile, Prof. Sayed Azzouz, of the NTRA, had been nominated as a member of the ITU Radio Regulations Board (RRB), the minister added.
The voting will take place on the margins of the conference.
Talaat stressed Egypt's commitment to fostering the role of the ICT sector in addressing global challenges, such as climate action, especially as the country is gearing up for hosting the forthcoming global climate conference, COP27, in Sharm El Sheikh in November.
Meanwhile, ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao praised Egypt's active role ever since it became member of the United Nations specialized body in 1973.
The ITU's 21st Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) features elections for the organization's top management posts – Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and Directors for Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardization, and Telecommunication Development – along with the 12-seat Radio Regulations Board and 48-seat ITU Council.