Next week, over 1500 delegates representing more than 191 governments, regulators as well as telecommunication companies will gather in Antalya, Turkey’s principal holiday resort city, to participate in the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) most important event – the Plenipotentiary Conference during the period 6-24 November 2006.
The Plenipotentiary, which is held once every four years, sets the Union's general policies, adopts a four-year Strategic Plan, and addresses major outstanding issues, examining the whole functionality of the ITU machine in order to fine tune it to the current requirements of the rapid changing telecom/ICT environment.
The Conference, which is the hub of decision making in the telecommunications world, also elects the top management of the Union; the Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General, the three directors of the three ITU sectors (Radiocommunication, Standardization and Development sectors), in addition to the 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board, and the Member States to serve on the ITU Council.
In the elections of this year, Egypt has announced its candidature for re-election on the ITU Council, for the term 2006-2010. In this interval the Council acts as the governing body of the Union, considering broad telecommunication policy issues, to ensure that the Union’s policies and strategy fully respond to changes in the telecommunication environment, and to ensure also the full and efficient implementation of Plenipotentiary outcomes during the four years until the next Conference.
Among other issues before the Conference, the Plenipotentiary this year will discuss the outcomes of WSIS and its projection on the ITU mandate and scope of work, namely addressing ITU’s role in Information Technology under the term “ICT”.
As the head of the Egyptian delegation, Dr Amr Badawi, Executive President of NTRA, will be delivering a policy statement in the Plenary session of Conference. He will also deliver the welcome speech at the reception which Egypt will be hosting on November 6th in the occasion of announcing Egypt’s candidature for the ITU Council.
In addition to NTRA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), as well as the National Telecommunications Institute (NTI) shall be representing the Egyptian delegation in the upcoming Plenipotentiary conference.