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Dhaka seeks support for ITU elections

  • Published at 02:11 pm July 23rd, 2018
ITU

Diplomats briefed over progress of 'Digital Bangladesh'

Bangladesh has asked for support from foreign countries for its application for the post of executive committee member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali made the announcement at a reception held at the State Guesthouse Padma, Sunday evening. 

The reception hosted diplomats assigned to Dhaka. A foreign ministry official spoke during the reception, and the minister briefed diplomats about the progress made in the telecommunication sector, reports UNB. 

Officials from the Posts, Telecommunications and Informaton Technology Ministry were also present.

Bangladesh has announced its candidacy for membership of the Council of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for the third consecutive year.

The Conference of the International Telecommunication Union, scheduled to be held in Dubai, UAE, from October 29 to November 6, will be held concurrently with the election.  

Ambassadors, high commissioners, and CDAs from all diplomatic missions based in Dhaka attended the reception—which was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Posts. 

Secretaries to the Foreign, Posts and Telecom Division, and ICT Division; Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman; and other senior officials of both ministries, also attended the event.

Bangladesh's progress towards achieving the milestone of "Digital Bangladesh" – envisioned by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and conceived by ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy – was highlighted at the event. 

Referring to the recent successful launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite, the foreign minister cited Bangladesh's efforts to improve people's lives through effective use of telecoms and ICTs. 

The event started with a brief presentation by BTRC on Bangladesh’s acheivements in the IT sector. 

It highlighted the country's significant progress in ensuring sustainable development, and mass empowerment, through ensuring universal access to telecoms and ICTs. 

The presentation also focused on Bangladesh's activities during the last two terms—as ITU Council member.

The minister gave a brief description about Bangladesh's pledges to provide necessary infrastructure and deliver pro-people services to establish a democratic, poverty- free, and literate society—using ICTs and modern technology.

After the presentation, Posts and Telecommunications Division Secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder called on the diplomatic corps to consider soliciting their respective government’s valuable support for Bangladesh's candidature on the ITU Council.

Bangladesh is seeking re-election from the "E" region.

Bangladesh has previously served the Council for two consecutive terms; from 2011-2015 and later from 2016-18. 

The Plenipotentiary Conference is the top policymaking body of the 193-member ITU that decides the four-year roadmap of the organization.

Bangladesh was elected in the ITU Council for the  2015-2018 term, securing 115 votes.

Bangladesh took part in the election held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2010, where 17 countries competed for 13 positions; it secured 6th place with 123 votes.