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Azerbaijan re-elected to ITU Council

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Azerbaijan was re-elected by 119 votes in favour to the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Thus, Azerbaijan has become one of the 48 countries represented in the ITU Council. Note that from the CIS countries only Azerbaijan and Russia are elected to the Council.

The number of ITU member countries is 193.

In the election held on November 5, Azerbaijan put forward its candidacy from the region C - Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. The number of candidate countries for membership in the ITU Council in the group of countries in region C includes Azerbaijan, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania and Kyrgyzstan. Poland, Russia, Romania and the Czech Republic are also elected to the remaining vacancies.

Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani candidate Sahiba Hasanova was able to collect 115 votes in the elections to the ITU Radio Regulations Board from the region C. She was one of 4 candidates in the region. S.Hasanova, an employee of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, is an engineer in the field of radio communications.

It is worth noting that the election of Azerbaijan to the Council was ensured as a result of bilateral and multilateral negotiations and extensive campaign work.

Azerbaijan, being a member of ITU since 1992, was elected to the Council for the first time in 2014 and has actively participated in its activities during this period.

In order to carry out relevant work in order to ensure the support of our country's candidacy to the Council, a delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Elmir Velizadeh took part in the Plenipotentiary Conference, which began on October 29. In addition, the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, Ramin Guluzadeh spoke at the plenary session of the conference and held meetings with industry ministers of several countries.

Azerbaijan has also become one of the two countries that have been elected for the second time to the membership of the ITU Council in the history of the Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications (RCC). At the election, the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan should be particularly noted.

Note that ITU is the leading UN agency in the field of information and communication technologies. The Plenipotentiary Conference, which meets once every four years and is governed by the Governing Body, is the highest decision-making body of the ITU. The conference identifies the main directions of ITU activity.

This year the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is being held in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and will last until November 16.

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