Kenya was yesterday elected chair of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO), giving it an overseeing role in the organization’s operations.
The decision was announced during the ongoing 52nd CTO Council Meeting in Port Louis, Mauritius, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said in a press release.
Juma Kandie, CCK’s Director in charge of Human Capital and Administration, said in his acceptance speech that Kenya would provide visionary leadership to ensure the aspirations of the CTO, as well as the expectations of member states, are fully realized.
The CCK is the official Government representative to the CTO, which is a Commonwealth organization engaged in multilateral collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It uses its experience and expertise to support members in integrating ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that enrich, empower, and emancipate people within the Commonwealth and beyond.
The Executive Committee of the CTO is mandated to provide strategic leadership to the organization, providing guidance to the CEO and his management team on issues such as implementation of the strategic plan, business plan and operational budget.
The Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Information and Communications, George Khaniri thanked the Council members for demonstrating confidence in Kenya by entrusting her with such a responsibility. The Minister pledged Government support in all activities of CTO.
Other countries elected members of the Executive Committee include Nigeria (1st Vice Chairperson), Trinidad and Tobago (2nd Vice Chairperson), Cameroon (Development Partner) and South Africa (Industry Partner). The Chief Executive Officer of the CTO, a position currently held by UK’s Prof. Tim Unwin, sits in the Executive Committee in his own capacity.