India seeks re-election to International Telecommunications Union Council

NEW DELHI: India wants democratisation and broad-basing of the global affairs of telecommunications and internet governance, according to Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.


Addressing the inauguration of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Conference at Busan in South Korea, he said that India’s point is that ITU should take leadership and partner with UN and other International/Regional organisations in executing the Information and Communication Technology projects and programmes in developing countries.


India also wants the ITU to be the supervisory authority of Space Assets. India expressed its desire that ITU should play a more active role in the global Internet governance as envisaged during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

The Conference was inaugurated by the President of South Korea.


The Indian delegation has been participating in The Plenipotentiary Conference, which is the top policy-making body of the 193 member strong International Telecommunications Union. It meets once in every four years. India has also been pitching for a re-election into the ITU Council.

During the visit, the Minister also met Samsung SDI president and CEO Sang Jin Park in Seoul. The Minister shared the ideas of ‘Digital India’ and the initiative of ‘Make In India’. The CEO was curious about the changed business environment in India and he informed the Minister about his proposed visit to India next month. The Minister also met various other business leaders in the fields of electronics, communication and Information technology.

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