India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council (ITU) for another 4-year term from 2019 to 2022.
The announcement was made by the Union Government on November 6, 2018. Speaking on the same, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said, “We are delighted to see India as a member of the ITU Council once again. This is a recognition of the role our country plays in the area of Telecom and ICT on the global stage.”
• The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai.
• India secured 165 votes and ranked third among the 13 countries elected to the council from the Asia-Australasia region and eighth among the 48 countries elected to the council globally.
• The ITU has 193 member states, which elect representatives to the council.
• India has been an active member of the ITU since 1869, earnestly supporting the development and propagation of telecom in the global community of nations.
The presence of India in the council of the global body will help the country have its say at a time when global standards for technology will be frozen and currently work is going on around 5G standards.
India has been a regular member of the ITU Council since 1952 and has played an important role in harmonising the contributions of member states from the region, always respecting the principles of equality and consensus-building.
India also shares the dream and vision of ITU to realise the world as one nation and knowledge society.
India’s strong partnership with the ITU is also demonstrated in the recent ITU decision to set up the ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre in New Delhi. The centre is expected to be made operational by January 2019.