Kenya has been re-elected to the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
According to a press statement by the Communications Authority of Kenya, Kenya garnered 146 votes, the highest in the African region to secure a seat on the 48-member Council.
Africa has 13 positions on the 48-member council that governs International Telecommunication Union activities in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences.
Kenya was re-elected to the council during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania and was Kenya’s best performance since joining the Council in 1982.
Other African countries elected to the Council include Ghana, Egypt, Tanzania, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Africa.
The role of ITU is to consider broad telecommunication policy issues to ensure that the Union’s activities, policies, and strategies respond to the dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications environment.
Founded in 1865, the ITU is the UN specialized agency responsible for matters related to ICTs.
“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,” said Ezra Chiloba CA Director General.
“It is also an inspiration for us to do more to deliver dividends of digital transformation to every citizen in the country,” he added.
The campaign was spearheaded by the Communication Authority of Kenya(CA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information, Communication and Digital Economy.