South Sudan joins UN telecom union

South Sudan joins UN telecom union
# 06 October 2011 00:48 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. South Sudan has become the 193rd and youngest member state of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and got its international dialing code, UN officials announced here on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

South Sudan, which gained its independence on July 9, this year, has already been allocated the international dialing code +211 by ITU. The dialing code became active on Sept. 28.

"We are delighted to be able to welcome South Sudan as an ITU member state so soon after attaining full nationhood," said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure, referring to the country’s recognition by the United Nations on July 14.

Toure said that the government of South Sudan clearly recognized the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) as an engine of social and economic development.

"We will work alongside the national authorities to leverage the power of technology, to help lift the country to new levels and fulfill the national motto of ’justice, liberty, prosperity’, " Toure said.

The accession of South Sudan as an ITU member state implies its adhesion to the Radio Regulations, the international treaty that governs the use of radio communications among states, giving them full access rights to the frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources managed by ITU.

A high-level ITU delegation led by Brahima Sanou, director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, recently met with government ministers in South Sudan to gather information on the country’s needs and challenges in the area of ICT development.






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