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Radiocommunication Advisory Group
ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
24 January 2007

Opening Remarks by ITU Secretary General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré


Deputy Secretary-General, Directors of BR, TSB and BDT, 

Mr. Chairman,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you all to this meeting of the Radiocommunication Advisory Group.

It is my great honour to stand before you as newly elected Secretary General of ITU. It is equally a pleasure to be here together with the full team of the newly elected officials. We are all grateful by the confidence you have placed in us, and within the new environment now prevailing in the ITU, we can give you the assurance of providing transparency in the Union's management and of full commitment with the strategic objectives you have established for the Union.

As you will be discussing later, the financial situation of the ITU for the 2008-2011 will require a thorough consideration of the Sector objectives and a careful review of the priorities for their implementation.

I am fully aware of the critical situation that could result from any financial burden on the Radiocommunication Sector in view of the treaty-making nature of its radio conferences and the statutory mandatory activities carried out by the BR in the implementation of the Radio Regulations and Regional Agreements. With the help of your expert advice, under the wise leadership of your Chairman - Mr Bruce Gracie - and the diligent actions by the new ITU management, I am confident that we will come up with balanced proposals which will conduct the Radiocommunication Sector and the whole Union towards a brighter future and, which will, of course, be wireless.

I am aware of the particular importance of this RAG meeting in view of the preparations for the Radiocommunication Assembly and the possible structural changes currently being studied to adapt the Sector to the changing wireless environment.

2007 is a significant year for the Radio Sector, with WRC-07 glowing in everyone's calendar, important enough to keep us all busy with the final preparatory activities.

I wish you a successful meeting.

Thank you.

 

 

 

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