The mission of the Conferences and Publications Department (C&P) is to provide ITU and its constituents with the linguistic and logistical expertise necessary for the Union’s activities.
To this end, C&P provides a number of key services:
Conferences and meetings: Ensuring the availability of the necessary infrastructure and facilities for conferences, assemblies and meetings, in Geneva or other locations worldwide, including the recruitment of teams of experienced conference interpreters in the six official languages.
Documentation: Ensuring the translation, production and dissemination (paper or electronic) of documents in the six official languageEnsuring the translation, production and dissemination (paper or electronic) of documents in the six official languages.
Publications and promotion: Ensuring the translation, production and dissemination of publications and promotional material, in all forms, in the six official languages, including sales and marketing of ITU productsEnsuring the translation, production and dissemination of publications and promotional material, in all forms, in the six official languages, including sales and marketing of ITU products.
In so doing, it seeks not only to maintain the highest degree of quality of service and timely delivery, but also to ensure and constantly enhance efficiency, through ongoing review of working methods, monitoring and use of relevant technology and permanent cooperation and benchmarking with other international organizations and conference and language service providers.
Mr Idrissa Samaké was appointed Chief of the Conferences and Publications Department as from August 2007.
In his time in charge of the department, as well as continually modernizing and enhancing the efficiency of the conference, language, documentation and publications services provided to the Union and its membership, he has overseen the successful implementation of the transition to six official languages on an equal footing decided by recent plenipotentiary conferences.
Before joining ITU, Mr Samaké held several key positions of responsibility in the telecom sector in Mali, notably Head of the Radiocommunication Division, Head of the Transmission Division and Regional Director in the Office of Posts and Telecommunications (OPT), Special Adviser and Head of the ITU Unit in Mali’s telecom company (SOTELMA), Head of the Networks and Services Department of the mobile telecom operator MALITEL, and Special Adviser to the Managing Director of SOTELMA. During this time, from 1978 onwards he was closely involved in ITU activities, and represented Mali at many key conferences an meetings at all levels, not least several plenipotentiary conferences, multiple Council sessions and groups, radiocommunication groups, assemblies and conferences, and WSIS preparatory meetings as well as the Summit itself.
Mr Samaké is the first African to head what is the largest General Secretariat department. He is married, with five children.