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November 2, 2014

Bangladesh gets elected in ITU Council

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After hours of campaigning in Busan and wooing up to the ITU Summit in Dhaka,  Bangladesh got elected in the ITU Council for the term of 2015-2018. Bangladesh was able to secure 115 votes in the election. Due to the resulting no. of votes, Bangladesh obtained 7th position among the 13 vacant positions. The State Minister for ICT Division of MoPT & ICT Mr. Zunaid Ahmed Palak spearheaded the campaign alongside the team of Bangladesh. The delegation consisted of BTRC chairman Sunil Kanti Bose, Parliament permanent standing committee members, MoPT & ICT secretary and joint secretary, BTCL chairman, high ups from telcos etc. The voting ended at Bangladesh time 8AM.

Bangladesh took part in the last election held in Guadalajara of Mexico in 2010 where 17 countries contested for 13 positions and secured 6th place with 123 votes. The next election will be held from 20th October to 7th November 2014 in Busan, South Korea. 20 countries will fight for 13 posts from the Asia-Pacific region. If elected, Bangladesh can play a vital role in this region and will be a member for the 2015-2019 tenure.

Bangladesh took part in the last election held in Guadalajara of Mexico in 2010 where 17 countries contested for 13 positions and secured 6th place with 123 votes. The next election will be held from 20th October to 7th November 2014 in Busan, South Korea. 20 countries will fight for 13 posts from the Asia-Pacific region. If elected, Bangladesh can play a vital role in this region and will be a member for the 2015-2019 tenure.

“Bangladesh was once a member of the ITU and we want to become member again,” a Foreign Ministry official said. It has also been stated from another official who wish to remain anonymous that the officials of the government also acknowledge the difficulty of this year’s election and that Bangladesh will be up for some really tight competition as some other friendly countries will compete against each other.

Keeping this election in mind, the ‘World Telecommunication Development Conference’ was held at the Dubai World Trade Center. Ministers from various countries attended the conference and campaigned for their respective countries. However, no ministers from Bangladesh took part in this event but it was attended by only 3 government officials. BTRC Secretary Mahbub Ahmed who was present at the conference has said that they have also done their part and campaigned for their country.

The 193 affiliated countries of the United Nations cast their vote to elect the respective countries to make members of the ITU council for the next tenure. The 48 member council is the highest body of the ITU where a total of 13 members will represent the Asia-Pacific region.