ISLAMABAD - In a closely contested election, Pakistan Monday won seat as member of the Administrative Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The elections were held during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, currently in progress at Busan, Republic of Korea. Pakistan got 101 votes, out of a total of 168 votes to complete the victory. The election victory has secured position for Pakistan in the administrative, management and policy making body of the telecommunication agency. The International community has shown its confidence in The Government of Pakistan's policies being pursued since last 15 months and voted Pakistan to be a part of global policy making body.

The Minister Anusha Rahman has been leading the campaign throughout and she is the finalist of "Jamtech Award, 2014". It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan had lost its position in the previous Plenipotentiary, held in 2010 due to lack of focus.

The Council is the premier board of the global telecom's policy making body of the UN with mandate to consider broad global policy issues in the field of ICTs and telecommunications, and thereby ensure that the Union's policies, activities and strategy fully respond to today's dynamic and fast-changing environment. It consists of 25pc of the membership of the Union. The members of the Council are elected for a term of four years by the members of the Union at the Plenipotentiary Conference.

The success came due to a structured and focused campaign strategy executed by Pakistani delegation led by Minister of State for Information Technology .The delegation carried out a well structured canvassing campaign to make the case for Pakistan's re-induction into the council. Several other ITU events were also targeted prior to the plenipotentiary Conference.

The victory is attributed to the collective efforts of government and the telecom industry of Pakistan and is a testimony of renewed confidence of the world community in the policy adopted by the Pakistani government for growth in ICT sectors and also recognises the important role that the world community expects Pakistan to play in the global ICT policy arena.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has congratulated the Ministry of Information Technology (IT) for the efforts made to secure Pakistan a seat in the elections of Administrative Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in South Korea on Monday.

Pakistan got 101 votes out of a total of 168 in the plenipotentiary conference held in the city of Busan. The election victory has secured Pakistan position in the administrative, management and policy making body of the telecommunication agency.  The Council is the premier board of the global telecom’s policy making body of the UN with the mandate of considering broad global policy issues in the field of ICTs and telecommunications.

Due to her leading role in the campaign for this election, Minister of State for IT, Anusha Rahman has also become the finalist of Jamtech Award for the year 2014.