PM proposes Anusha Rehman as ITU Director-BDT

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Anusha Rehman

Anusha Rehman, a former minister of state for information technology and telecommunications, has been unanimously nominated by Pakistan to run for the position of director in the 2022 elections for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Anusha Rehman has been proposed by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication as a candidate for the position of Director-BDT (Telecommunication Development Sector).

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“We will fully support her victory in the upcoming ITU elections, in addition to praying for her success,” Syed Amin ul-Haque, the minister of IT and telecom

From September 26 to October 14, 2022, Romania will host the ITU Conference. Elections will be held for the coveted position of Director at the ITU, for which Pakistan has nominated the former minister.

The International Telecommunication Union’s top policy-making body is the Plenipotentiary Conference (ITU). It is a crucial event that determines the future function of the ITU and, consequently, the organization’s capacity to influence and effect the development of ICTs globally. It is held every four years. At the conference, the union’s main policies are decided upon, four-year financial and strategic plans are adopted, and the senior management team, Council Member States, and Radio Regulations Board members are chosen.

From Monday, September 26 through Friday, October 14, 2022, Bucharest, Romania will host the Plenipotentiary Conference. On Saturday, September 24, 2022, the Council’s final meeting of the 2022 session will come before it.

Anusha Rehman highlighted in her vision statement that she had the opportunity to work with the global ICT business following her Master’s degree in Law, which allowed her to have a firm understanding of techno-commercial and legal challenges pertinent to the telecommunication industry.

She undertook a number of legislative and policy efforts during her time in office in order to realise the goal of “Digital Pakistan” and a knowledge-based society. In this time, Pakistan saw the introduction of 3G/4G/LTE technology as well as several successful rounds of transparent spectrum auctions to support the growth of mobile broadband. As a result, the country’s broadband market increased from having about 3 million users in 2013 to more than 70 million in 2018 to 119 million in 2022 (54%), and it is expected to continue to grow.

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