Wednesday, October 10, 2007

CTO-08: Abuja wins hosting right

The Council of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) at its 47th meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, recently approved 21 papers submitted by the management on various aspects of the organisation’s activities.

This is coming as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja would play host to the council’s next meeting scheduled to hold September 2008.

The Communications Officer, CTO, Mr. Toby Davies, informed the group decided to hold council meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.

He said that the selection of the venue for the next council meeting was decided between a number of offers made to the organisation.

“In fact, the selection of a venue for the next council meeting had to be decided between a number of offers made to the organisation, and Nigeria was awarded the honour to host the next council meeting,” he said.

He also disclosed that the other strong contender, Fiji, was granted the opportunity to host the CTO council in 2009.

Equally in view of the growing competition, CTO resolved to observe regional rotation in hosting the council meeting, just as the 2010 council meeting is expected to be held in the Asia, while the 2011 has been slated in the Caribbean.

The CTO 2007 council meeting was preceded by the annual CTO Forum, which this year was on the theme of “Harnessing the Potentials of Next Generation Networks to Facilitate ICT Convergence.”

The forum held over three days, he said, was attended by over 100 delegates from across the Commonwealth, including five ministers in charge of ICTs, 10 Directors General and Chief Executive Officers of telecommunications regulatory authorities, some 15 Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of various ICT operating companies, and scores of other delegates representing various institutions and firms in the ICT sector.

Delegates found the event stimulating and thought provoking as the speaker faculty of leading proponents of Convergence and NGN guided them through the many unexplored issues the global telecommunication sector will have to face in near future.

Following the call on CTO constitution council members representing full member countries re-elected Mr. J. P. Morgan, Executive Director of the Office of Utilities Regulation of Jamaica as the council chairman for the period 2007-8, while Mr. Patrick Masambu, Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Communications Commission and Dr. Halim Man, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Water & Communications of Malaysia were elected as the First and Second Vice Chairpersons, respectively, for the same period.

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