Azerbaijan Minister for Communications Departs for Antalia

ICT Materials 23 November 2006 13:05 (UTC +04:00)

Ali Abbasov, the Azerbaijani Minister for Communications & Information Technology, has left for Antalia, Turkey, on a business trip. He will attend a ceremony to close the 17th authorized conference of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Trend reports.

Abbasov will also participate in a signing ceremony of final documents on the work of the conference and will hold bilateral meetings with the representatives of some organizations and government groups of ITU member-states.

The 17th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) began in Antalia. The opening ceremony of the event was attended by the Turkish Prime Minister, Rajab Tayyub Erdogan, Turkish Minister of Communications & Transport, Binali Ildirim, ITU Secretary General, Yoshio Utsumi and other delegates.

The Plenipotentiary Conference is a higher body of the ITU. The conference which is held every four years defines the common policy, adopts a four-year strategic and financial plan and elects the Head of the Organization, member of the Council and members of the Radio Regulation Committee. It is therefore a key event, during which the 191 ITU member-countries decide on the future role of the Organization.

The members of the sectors (recognized exploitation organizations, scientific and industrial organizations, as well as financial institutions or institutions for development) will also attend the conference as observers. During the conference, decisions will be made regarding the co-ordination of the digital division and the development of Internet access. The Union's strategic plan, its priorities and goals for 2008-2011, as well as its financial plan for this period will be adopted.

In addition, the primary task of the conference is to elect the executive composition of the Organization for the next 4 years. The process will begin on November 9, and this time, the elections will be held over two of five head posts - Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General. Moreover, it is expected to expand the responsibilities of the members of the Council in accordance with the expansion of the IT sphere all over the world.