Press release: ITU Council sets stage for Plenipotentiary Conference

Endorses plans to mark ITU’s 150th anniversary in 2015

Geneva, 15 May 2014 – ITU’s governing Council concluded two weeks of deliberations which focused on the strategic and financial plans for the Union for 2016-2019 as well as on inputs to the forthcoming ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, the highest governing body of the Union, that will be held next in Busan, Republic of Korea, 20 October – 7 November 2014.

ITU Council comprises 48 countries representing the ITU Membership of 193 States, with over 420 delegates attending. Ministers from Australia, Cameroon, Jamaica, Mali, the Philippines, Tunisia as well as vice-ministers from China and Costa Rica also participated. The 2014 spring session was chaired by Mr Aboubakar Zourmba, Assistant Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) of Cameroon. Mr Zourmba emphasized the importance of digital inclusion and said that care should be taken to ensure that populations with literacy gaps are not condemned to digital exclusion.

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