Egypt Takes Part in ITU-T (SG5 RG-AFR) Meeting

Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), will participate in the Study Group 5 Regional Group for Africa (SG5RG-AFR) meeting, organized by the International Telecommunication Union – Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), on March 14 – 15, hosted by the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA), in Livingstone, Zambia.

SG5 RG-AFR aims to review achievements of different recommendations; the meeting will discuss the results of the last ITU-T SG5 meeting held in Geneva, in October 2015, preparations for WTSA-16 and organization of the work of SG5RG-AFR. This is in addition to discussing ITU-T SG5RG-AFR priorities.

ITU-T SG5 is responsible for studies on methodologies for evaluating ICT effects on climate change and publishing guidelines for using ICTs in an eco-friendly manner. Under its environmental mandate, SG5 is also responsible for studying design methodologies to reduce ICTs and e-waste’s adverse environmental effects; for example, through recycling of ICT facilities and equipment.

Occupying two official positions in the SG5, MCIT will participate, remotely, in the meeting. MCIT is the rapporteur of Q15 on “ICT and adaptation of climate change” and the associate rapporteur of Q13 on “e-waste management’.

Egypt is one of the oldest members in the ITU and has 16 sector members from the private sector in the union. It is also a founding member of the “Partners to Connect the World” initiative and it chairs the ITU Council Working Group on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs).

Egypt is an active participant in the ITU-D activities and it has succeeded in establishing the first regional subgroup in SG2. This, in turn, further enhances the regional presence of ITU and increases its involvement with developing countries in Africa and the Arab World.

Based in Geneva, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies with 191 member states and more than 700 sector members and associates. ITU role is to enable the global growth and sustained development of ICT. In addition, ITU organizes international telecom events like WSIS and Telecom Africa.

Source: Ministry