Kenya guns for top ICT positions in ATU and ITU
10 August 2018
Kenya is eyeing top positions in Information and communication technology organizations in the continental and at the global level, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) disclosed on Monday.In Africa, Kenya is seeking the Secretary General’s seat of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), the continental ICT body.
The elections will be held on 17th August at the ATU Conference of Plenipotentiaries, also being hosted by Kenya alongside other meetings.
At the global level, Kenya is seeking to be re-elected to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, a key decision making organ of the United Nations specialized agency for ICTs.
For the two positions, Kenya is banking on its strong and vibrant ICT industry in the region as a launch pad for the leadership positions.
At the ITU, Kenya is seeks to get one of the 13 slots reserved to the African continent out of the 48 seats of the Council.
Kenya has been a member of the Council since 1982. The ITU Council oversees the affairs of the Union in between Plenipotentiary Conferences usually held every four years.
In the region, Kenya is fronting Mr. John Omo as its flag bearer for the position of Secretary General of the ATU.
The contest has also attracted candidatures from Chad, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Burundi. The seat is currently held by Mr.Abdulakarim Soumaila a national of Niger, who is currently serving his second and final four-year term.
“I envision ATU as that one united voice of the continent on matters ICT through leveraging on the collective efforts of stakeholders, including the academia, industry players, governments, and other intergovernmental organizations,” said Mr.Omo.