Saudi Arabia has been reelected to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, extending for another four years the membership it has held since 1965. Voting was held to elect 48 out of the 193 seats on the Council, which sets the ITUs strategic direction, by ITU member states during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP22), currently being held in the Romanian, Bucharest.
H.E. the Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister Muhammad bin Salman on the achievement, stressing that the support of the wise government has boosted the Kingdom’s digital competitiveness, placing it at the fore of the global ICT sector.
H.E. Dr. Muhammad bin Saud Al-Tamimi, the Governor of CITC, also extended his congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince, pointing to the importance of supporting the leadership and its wise guidance in achieving this international achievement.
In addition to securing its membership in the ITU Council, the Kingdom, represented by H.E. Eng. Majid Al-Qahtani, won membership of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB), which consists of 12 elected members highly qualified in the field of radio communications. The Board’s primary remit is to examine cases of frequency interference between countries and consider appeals about decisions taken by the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR).
It is noteworthy that the international community supported all the files led by the Kingdom during the conference, foremost of which is the formulation of the strategic and financial plan for the union, discussion of international public policies related to the Internet and the role of the union in it, strengthening the role of the union in building trust and cyber security, adopting artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), and discussing the convening of ‘World Summit on the Information Society Forum.