Kenya has been re-elected to the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) during the 2022 Plenipotential Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. Founded in 1865, the ITU is the UN specialized agency responsible for matters related to ICTs. Kenya garnered 146 votes, the highest in the African region, to secure a seat on the 48-member Council.
Other African countries elected to the Council include Ghana, Egypt, Tanzania, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Africa. This was Kenya’s best performance since joining Council in 1982.
“The results demonstrate that Kenya continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the international community to provide meaningful leadership in the advancement of the digital economy. It is also an inspiration for us to do more to deliver dividends of digital transformation to every citizen in the country. The campaign for the re-election was coordinated and spearheaded by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Digital Economy,” noted CA in a release.
In August, Kenya’s John Omo was also re-elected as the Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) for the second and final term. Omo sailed through unopposed at the 6th ATU Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Algiers, Algeria on Tuesday July 26, 2022 after his sole challenger Mohamed Ahmed Ould Abderrahmane of Mauritania withdrew from the race.
The ITU is governed by the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Administrative Council. The Plenipotentairy Conference is the supreme organ of the Union. It is the decision making body which determines the direction of the Union and its activities.
The Council, on the other hand, acts as the Union’s governing body in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences. 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.
ITU Council also prepares a report on the policy and strategic planning of the ITU and responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Union, coordinating work programmes, approving budgets and controlling finances and expenditure.
The Council also takes all steps to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of the ITU Constitution, the ITU Convention, the Administrative Regulations (International Telecommunications Regulations and Radio Regulations), and the decisions of Plenipotentiary Conferences and; where appropriate, the decisions of other conferences and meetings of the Union.