At the ITU Plenpotentiary Conference this week, ITU’s Member States elected the 48 countries that will comprise the ITU Council for the next four years. The ITU Council acts as the Union’s governing body in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences to ensure that the Union’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s dynamic, rapidly changing telecommunications environment.
ITU spoke with Vilém Veselý, the Deputy Director of the Department of Electronic Communications for the Ministry of Industry and Trade, of the Czech Republic, to discuss the country’s recent election to ITU Council and their vision for the future direction of ITU.
“I would like to thank everyone for their vote. We are really happy to be back in the ITU Council. We see it as a real commitment to be in the Council and I can promise that the whole Czech team will try to do its best to serve the whole ITU membership at our best,” said Veselý.
Veselý expressed his country’s view on the importance of capacity-building activities.
“ITU should remain an expert-based body tackling the most urgent issues which appear in the area of electronic communications and it also, in our opinion, should serve as the body organizing the capacity-building and tutorial activities [and] events, because this is what we need. Highly educated experts being able to set the standards for new types of networks,” believes Veselý.
Veselý spoke about the strengths of ITU, which include: “Standing by developing countries; setting the technical standards; and managing the radio spectrum, which is one of the most important issues in the area of electronic communications.”
“We stand for efficiency and a results-based approach … and the sense of cooperation in the ITU. We would like to see the activities of the ITU as transparent as possible,” said Veselý.
He looked forward to the opportunity to share the experience of connectivity in the Czech Republic with ITU’s membership.
“Since the majority of the area of our country is covered by quite a high capacity and modern network infrastructure, we would like to share our experience and best practice and knowledge with those who find themselves… closer to the beginning of the process of change,” said Veselý.