Kenya to chair Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization

Kenya has been elected to chair the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) Council for 2012-13, the industry regulator said on Monday.

A statement from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said the East African nation was elected during the 52nd CTO Council Meeting in Mauritius.

The Council is the oversight body of the CTO mandated to provide strategic leadership to the organization as well as provide guidance to the CEO and the management team on a number of issues including implementation of the strategic plan, business plan and operational budget.

The chairperson also chairs the Governing Council meetings. Addressing Council members soon after the elections, Kenya’s Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Information and Communications, George Khaniri, thanked the Council members for demonstrating confidence in Kenya by entrusting her with such a responsibility.

Khaniri pledged the government’s support in all activities of CTO. The meeting also marked an important occasion when the Council adopted the proposed amendments to the CTO Constitution and Rules of Procedure.

Based on the outcomes of a wide ranging consultation, the amendments modify the governance structure of the CTO to facilitate the delivery of its mandate.

The new Constitution and the Rules of Procedure improve the stakeholders’ participation in governance, takes into account commercial exigencies and provides for greater degree of transparency.

The Council meeting was preceded by the 10th Annual CTO Forum, which was opened by Mauritius president. Rajkeswur Purryag.

The forum brought together policy makers, regulators and industry representatives from both Commonwealth and non- Commonwealth countries, to explore how mobile broadband can be utilized more effectively, efficiently and securely for development.

Also elected were Nigeria as the First Vice Chairperson and Trinidad and Tobago as the Second Vice Chairperson.

Telkom South Africa and the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon were elected to the CTO’s Executive Committee representing the Industry Partners and the Development Partners of the CTO, respectively.

Before the election, Kenya was the first vice chair of the CTO during the 2011-2012 period. Kenya is a member of CTO and CCK is the official Government representative to the CTO.

The CTO is a Commonwealth organization engaged in multilateral collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

It uses its experience and expertise to support members in integrating ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that enrich, empower, and emancipate people within the Commonwealth and beyond. Endi


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