Kenya Retains Lucrative Seat at the International Telecommunication Union

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At the start of April this year, we learned that Kenya had launched a bid for re-election to two key positions in international ICT organizations.

The state was eyeing another term at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, which is a key decision-making organ of the UN specialized agency for ICTs. 

Over the same period, the country was also drumming up support for the re-election of Mr. John Omo, a Kenyan, for a second term as the Secretary-General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), the African Union (AU) specialized agency for ICTs.

Well, it seems that all this work did not go to waste because Kenya has been re-elected to ITU following the 2022 Plenipotential Conference held in Bucharest, Romania.

According to a statement released by the Communications Authority, Kenya managed 146 votes, the highest in the African region, to secure a seat on the 48-member Council.

Other African countries elected to the Council include Ghana, Egypt, Tanzania, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Africa. This was Kenya’s best performance since joining Council in 1982.

The campaign was spearheaded by the Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information, Communication & Digital Economy.

“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. It is also an inspiration for us to do more to deliver dividends of digital transformation to every citizen in the country,” reads a statement from the CA.

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