Tumwebaze camps in Dubai as Uganda seeks reelection to ITU council

Tumwebaze camps in Dubai as Uganda seeks reelection to ITU council

Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze will be in Dubai to solicit support for Uganda, which is seeking to be reelected to The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council. (Image via radiosimba.ug)

Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze will be in Dubai to solicit support for Uganda, which is seeking to be reelected to The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council.

Under the United Nations, The ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum and promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits.

The agency also works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, and assists in the development and coordination of worldwide technical standards.

The 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which is the main decision-making body of the ITU, will be held from October 29 to November 16 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Tumwebaze, in a Friday statement, said he will be traveling with officials in the ICT sector and others from the Parliament of Uganda.

“We shall be canvassing for support for Uganda’s candidature to @ITU Council. A rigorous week ahead of lobby & diplomatic engagements,” read part of Tumwebaze’s tweet.

Uganda is already serving in 11 positions on the ITU Council it is seeking to be reelected to. Some of the roles Uganda currently holds include chairing the ITU smart sustainable development model initiative advisory board and the ICT cluster northern corridor infrastructure project initiative.

Besides eyeing representation on the ITU Council, a Ugandan named Simon Bugaba is also seeking support to represent Uganda on the Radio Regulation Board (RRB) for the period from 2018 to 2022.

Bugaba has more than 3 decades of experience with ITU. He has worked with ITU as chairman of the ITU-T SG 13 African group, Uganda’s councilor to ITU-Council 2014-2018 and chairman ITU-T SG 13 African Region Group