Egypt on 27/10/2014
Egypt Won ITU Council membership for Africa for the period 2015-2018 after being re-elected for the post with 115 votes. This took place during the activities of ITU's Plenipotentiary Conference held in Busan, South Korea as Egypt participated in this event with a high-level delegation headed by Eng. Hisham El Alaily, NTRA's Executive President on behalf of HE Eng. Atef Helmy, Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
On this occasion, HE Eng. Atef Helmy said, 'First I would like to express our deep pleasure for the completion of the electoral process with such great success for the period 2015 – 2018. We do congratulate ourselves and all esteemed nations, the elected members of ITU Council for the period 2015 - 2018 for the membership of the Council for this period.
'In fact, we extend our deep thanks to ITU member states that provided great support to us in the electoral process and voted for Egypt's re-election to win ITU's Council membership for 13 rounds in Egypt's history, and 11 consecutive rounds. This has highlighted those countries' confidence in the Egyptian pioneering role within ITU and the necessity of the continuity of this leading role.'
'In addition, I do seize this opportunity to highlight the Egyptian administration's intention and willingness to keep up all the attained successes and exert all strenuous efforts to enhance ITU's capabilities and status in such a way that enables it to meet all its mandates and missions on the one hand, and on the other hand to serve the interests of the developing countries within the Union and participate actively in all events and activities with the aim of developing regulatory policies and rules that bear all prosperity for the people in those countries in addition to the long-sought development of global citizens in general.'
HE Eng. Helmy concluded his word by saying, 'Last but not least, we do wish every success and progress to all the participants of the Conference, and we hope it attain all resplendent and successful achievements possible'
Eng. Hisham El Alaily, NTRA's Executive President has pointed out that Egypt entered the elections race for ITU Council membership for Africa where more than 16 African countries competed to win 13 seats allocated for the African continent. The Plenipotentiary Conference is held every four years and is considered the ITU's Supreme policy-making body that determines the strategic and financial plans for the next four years. Moreover during ITU election process the five top posts and officials were elected.
It is worth mentioning in this respect that the team of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) had mobilized all the deployment needed to promote and endorse Egypt’s candidacy for ITU Council membership at the international arenas held last year and through holding bilateral meetings prior to and during the Plenipotentiary conference 2014.
All these strenuous efforts helped reinforce the Egyptian stance and led to the re-election of Egypt to the ITU council membership for the period 2015-2018.
Furthermore, MCIT delegation has effectively participated in the discussions held in PP14 and suggested a number of significant proposals. Egypt presented 11 proposals out of 15 proposals submitted by the African Group. In addition Egypt contributed to 21 proposals as part of the Arab Countries Group.
More discussions and negotiations are held to elaborate on all proposals submitted by ITU member states and the different regions and they will proceed possibly till the conclusion of the conference as usual.