Uganda has been elected on the Council of International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Uganda will be represented by Eng. Simon Bugaba on the Radio Regulation Board of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Out of 177 votes, Uganda got 114 votes to be elected to governing council at the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai.
Frank Tumwebaze the minister for Information Technology and Communications lauded ITU countries for supporting Uganda and enabling it achieve the milestone.
“I thank the member countries of ITU for their support. Together, we shall continue to work for a connected world. I most sincerely thank. Team Uganda for executing a smart and subtle diplomatic campaign. Let’s work and build our nation,” he noted.
The Board was set up and mandated by the Plenipotentiary of ITU to mediate, arbitrate, hear and resolve complaints by radio spectrum users worldwide.
Each of the seven ITU regions has been allocated a number of seats on this board and members who are elected to seat on this board are sponsored and fielded by ITU member states during the plenipotentiary.
The election of Eng Bugaba is expected to enhance Uganda’s visibility within the ITU fraternity and provide an opportunity for the country to build capacity in handling Radio communications maters and associates regulations.
It also will enables Uganda to influence high level decisions on radio communication matters while ensuring that our regional and national interests are taken care of.
The RRB board members must essentially be of integrity, knowledgeable in radio spectrum issues, knowledgeable in ITU matters and able to serve in an impartial way.
Once elected, the RRB members do not specifically represent the country or region of origin but rather the international radio community.
Each RBB member serves maximum of 2 terms of 4 years each but for each term elections are held to select those representing.
ITU Region D (Africa) has three slots on the RRB.
For the past seven cycles (28 years), the three slots have been dominated by West and North African Countries including Niger, Morocco, and Egypt.
During the just concluded Council 2018, it was observed that the same pattern of West African and North Africa candidatures were the only ones listed for the same.
It is against this background that East and Southern African Countries sought amongst themselves to field a representative candidate to not only represent the English speaking countries but also the East and southern region to change the status quo.
UCC ED Eng. Mutabazi said “Uganda believes Eng Bugaba’s exposure and experience in the work of the ITU over the past 2 decades; more specifically, holding high level positions within the body made him an idea candidate for the job.”
He has served as Uganda’s Councilor to ITU in the last council cycle of 2014 – 2018; Vice Chairperson of ITU-T SG 13- Future Networks and Cloud; and Chairman of the ITU-T SG 13 RG Africa.
Mutabazi further said Bugaba also has “established himself as a credible negotiator and lobbyist as evidenced by his key role in Uganda’s obtaining on the ITU Council for the cycle 2014 – 2018.
He is said to command enormous support within the Africa group and other regions of ITU as evidenced by his election and re-election to the leadership of ITU T SG 13 for now two terms.