SUPPORT BARBADOS FOR AN ITU COUNCIL SEAT AT THE PP-14 ELECTIONS.
Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Q.C. M.P. - Prime Minister of Barbados
Barbados vies for a seat on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council.
Barbados will be one of the ten contenders vying for one of the 9-member-seat of the ITU to represent Region A: The Americas.
The other members contesting are: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, United States of America and The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The elections will be held during the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 20 October to 7 November 2014.
The Plenipotentiary Conference elects the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, the Directors of the Bureaux, the members of the Radio Regulations Board and the Member States that will constitute the next ITU Council for a period of four years.
When asked about Barbados’ chances for gaining a seat on the revered Council, Chief Telecommunications Officer, Mr Reginald Bourne said, “Barbados had launched its campaign over two years ago and we have been working assiduously with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), and other Member-States of the ITU in the other Regions, such as Africa, Europe and Asia, to ensure a successful bid to represent the Caribbean, Developing Countries and other Small Island Developing States. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance are also effectively participating in Barbados’ bid, and so, I think we have a very good chance of securing a seat on the ITU Council.”
The ITU Council acts as the ITU’s governing body. 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. The Council also prepares a report on the policy and strategic planning of the ITU and is responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Union, coordinating work programmes, approving budgets and controlling finances and expenditure.
For more information on the role of the ITU Council and candidates click on link below.
Updated: 16 September 2014