Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Masambu opens CTO’s headquarters

Chairman, Council of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Mr. Patrick Masambu, has opened a new permanent headquarters of the Commonwealth telecommunications regulatory agency, located on Glenthorne Road in Hammersmith, London.

Manager, International Events & Corporate Communications at CTO, Mr. Samuel Fletcher, disclosed in a press statement made available to ITRealms Online and said that the official ribbon-cutting was performed by Mr. Masambu.

The chairman was accompanied by other members of the Executive Committee of Council who were also attending their annual meeting.

In his opening remark, the chief executive officer, CTO, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, expressed joy over the transition to its own building after having operated in many different rented offices for more than a century.

This office building, he said, will give the institution a sense of stability as well as enable its membership to take a long-term view of the organisation’s importance and endurance.

“In an Information Age when most countries are attempting to develop knowledge economies based on the facilitation of information and communication technologies, the CTO stands ready to support its member countries in a variety of ways.

“I take this opportunity to pay homage to countless individuals, sprinkled all over the globe, and many gone to eternal rest, who have made it possible for the CTO to attain its present position of ICT eminence within the Commonwealth,” he said.

Also, Fletcher noted that CTO is an inter-governmental organization dedicated to promoting affordable access to Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) in its member countries through the provision of research and studies, advisory and consultancy services, training and capacity building programmes, and knowledge-sharing conferences and workshops.

The ceremony was witnessed by guests made up of Commonwealth High Commissioners, heads of other Commonwealth agencies, the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, and senior officials of various United Kingdom (UK) government departments to name a few.

Other guests were representatives of other international organizations, executives of financial institutions and law firms, and representatives from the Hammersmith local and municipal council.

Also in attendance were some past staff members of the CTO and pensioners of the organization, and executives of media houses based in London that represent or broadcast to Commonwealth countries.

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