St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts and Nevis are being represented at the ITU PP-22 in Bucharest, Romania, by Konris Maynard and officials from the Ministry of ICT, including the Permanent Secretary Cheryleann Pemberton, the E-Government Coordinator Sancho Duncan and the Network Coordinator Tristan Vasquez.
They are among about 65 delegates from 13 Caribbean countries united in support of Stephen Bereaux of the Bahamas, who is vying to become the first Caribbean representative to sit at the highest managerial level of the ITU in the position of Director of the Telecommunications Development Bureau. Each member state has one vote at the PP Conference.
The Caribbean’s strong presence at this year’s quadrennial Plenipot gives the Caribbean an opportunity to have a stronger voice in the policy-shaping of the ITU to cater to the specific needs of the over 19 million Caribbean citizens and residents that we represent in the Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU) member states. The CTU met earlier this month in the Bahamas in preparation for this conference.
St. Kitts & Nevis is also using this opportunity to have important bilateral meetings with ICT Ministers and Ministries from the best practice countries across the globe as we lay the groundwork for our Digital Transformation and conversion to an E-Government.
The ITU is the oldest United Nations Agency (Est. 1865) and is the UN’s specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies. The ITU, among other things, allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop technical standards, and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
Konris Maynard said, “We all benefit from the work of the ITU every time we send an email, access the internet or make a mobile call.”
The Plenipotentiary Conference is the highest policy-making body of the ITU and is held every four years to set the Union’s general policies, adopt four-year strategic and financial plans, and elect the senior management team of the organization, the Member States of the Council, and the members of the Radio Regulations Board.
The conference is being held at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest Romania, which is the World’s largest civilian building with an administrative function, the World’s most expensive administrative building and the World’s heaviest building designed by 700 architects.