Over 1500 delegates representing more than 191 governments, regulators as well as telecommunication companies are gathering in Antalya, Turkey, to participate in the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) most important event – the Plenipotentiary Conference during the period 6-24 November 2006.
A high-rank Egyptian delegate participates in the activities of ITU Plenipotentiary conference. Egyptian participation comes within context of Egyptian keenness to maintain its international posture and to be an active partner in all ICT activities. Dr. Amr Badawi, the executive president of the NTRA was the president of the Egyptian delegation during the first week of the conference. Presidency shifts afterwards to Dr. Ahmad Al Sherbiny, the Head of the National Telecommunications Institute and then to Eng. Amr Hashim, the senior advisor to the minister of Communications and Information Technology.
In his opening speech on behalf of his Excellency Dr. Tarek Kamel the CIT minister, Dr. Amr Badawi underscored the importance of the ITU role worldwide and its incessant efforts to bridge the digital divides. Dr. Badawi revealed as well the role played by Egypt in the ITU ever since 1973 when Egypt joined the ITU council, stressing Egyptian regional leadership on the Arab and African levels.
Dr. Amr Badawi held a series of meetings with a number of CIT ministers from different countries of the world including Brazil, Pakistan, Ghana and China. He met as well with a number of key ICT figures. These meetings were meant to consolidate bilateral relations between Egypt and those countries and to open new channels of cooperation.
The ITU Plenipotentiary is held once every four years, it discusses all Telecommunications and Information Technology issues. The second week of the conference will witness the running of elections to choose the five top positions of the ITU. The council elections will also take place this year; where Egypt competes to win one of the African seats. Dr. Ahmed el Sherbini, head of the Egyptian delegation during the second week, will be in charge of the voting process in the name of Egypt.