Saudi Arabia seeks to retain its International Telecommunication Union membership

Jeddah, Oct 29 (Arab News): Saudi Arabia is seeking to retain its membership in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council for another four-year term. The request in this regard will be formally forwarded on Monday during a meeting of the member states in Dubai.

ITU is the UN’s specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.

Its aim is to connect people all across the world and to protect their fundamental right to communicate. ITU is the single global organization embracing all players in the dynamic and fast-growing communications sector.

The ITU is governed by the plenipotentiary conference and the administrative council. The plenipotentiary conference is the supreme organ of the ITU. 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 ITU’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications environment.