On behalf of the ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun Touré, call sign, Hotel Bravo Nine Echo Hotel Tango (HB9EHT), the other elected officials of ITU and on my own behalf, I would like to thank the IARU Region 1 for their kind invitation to the ITU to attend your General Conference. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today at this historic moment as it is the first IARU Region 1 meeting in Africa. I acknowledge with much appreciation the fact that IARU is one of the oldest and most active ITU-D and ITU-R sector members.
The amateur radio service is a very important public service. With its definition and objectives clearly stated in Article 25 of the ITU Radio Regulations the IARU is truly an important and vital global community.
IARU Region 1 successfully represents the interests of all radio amateurs on various ITU-R and ITU-D study group meetings; and based on the MoU signed between the IARU and BDT, we are looking forward to IARU representation and contribution to our regional and sub-regional seminars or workshops.
I would like to note that the cooperation between ITU and IARU has been great. During my days as ITU Regional Director for Africa, we organized and co-financed many joint training activities with IARU with particular emphasis on the role of radio amateurs in emergency situations. I would like this cooperation to be strengthened as radiocommunication is a technology of choice when terrestrial networks are destroyed by natural disasters. For us who are committed to ensuring that radio resources are used to save lives in emergencies, we do salute your efforts
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen
As you are all aware, ITU has been at the heart of information and communication technologies since they first began, more than 146 years ago, with the launch of the world’s first international telegraph services.
Today, we continue in our efforts to connect the world and bridge the digital divide. The ITU initiative of establishing the Broadband Commission for Digital Development is proving useful in helping to achieve its mission of promoting the adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies so that all the world’s people can take advantage of the benefits of broadband, particularly through the use of wireless solutions.
I would like to take this opportunity to mention that ITU Telecom World will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in Geneva just two months from now and I do hope that IARU will build a stand at ITU Telecom World 2011 as it has been doing since 1971 to provide information on various radio amateur activities.
Just after the Telecom 2011, the Radiocommunication Sector is entering a critically busy period with the holding of the Radio Assembly and World Radio Conference in early 2012.
ITU-R study group 5 and specially Working Party 5A, thanks to very good contributions from the IARU, is looking closely at WRC-12 agenda item 1.23. I am also pleased and proud to note that IARU is quite active in the work of ITU-D Study Group Question 22/2 on the role of information and communication technologies in emergencies.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As the UN organization responsible for overseeing the management of the world’s radiocommunication resources, ITU is aware of the importance of effective regulation of the frequency spectrum in supporting the continued deployment of new technologies.
We are working to build consensus in areas such as national spectrum allocation; the importance of interference mitigation and spectrum quality among others. Let me add that ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau has also developed Version 4 of its SMS4DC which is an important tool for developing countries in Spectrum Management.
Mr. Timmerman, President of IARU Region 1,
At this point, let me express the appreciation of the ITU International Amateur Radio Club (IARC) 4U1ITU for your long term generous support. In recognition of your valuable support, the ITU International Amateur Radio Club Bureau has decided to offer to the IARU Region 1 STARS project, a radio amateur transceiver YAESU FT-1011, successfully tested and used in our radio shack by some of you during recent ITU meetings. We are looking forward to our continued cooperation with the IARU STARS project and we hope to be able to contribute with more radio amateur equipment in support of your great project of supporting radio amateur activities in developing countries.
To conclude I would like to put on record that my presence here today is not only to represent the ITU but to tell you that I am personally fully and strongly committed to working closely with IARU and its members during my tenure as Director of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau in order to achieve our common goal to get human kind connected anytime and anywhere.
I wish you all the great success in your IARU Region 1 General Conference.
I Thank you.
Sun City, South Africa 8/13/2011