According to media reports, Ghana’s Acting Director of Engineering at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Rev. Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko, has been elected as one of three Africa Regional Directors of the International Telecommunications Union’s Radio Regulations Board (RRB) at the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania.
Rev. Fianko was one of four competitors for the three regional spots on the twelve-member global decision-making board. He secured a place around the table with 126 votes.
The other two African leads who joined the board include Dr El-Sayed Azzouz of Egypt, with 141 votes, and Hassan Talib of Morocco, with 131 votes. Meanwhile, South Africa’s Samuel Mandla Mchunu failed to secure a seat with only 109 votes.
Rev. Fianko is the second Ghanaian after the former Acting Director-General of NCA, Major(Rtd) John Ray K. Tandoh, who was elected to the Radio Regulations Board at the 1998 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Minneapolis-USA.
The Plenipotentiary Conference is the supreme decision-making body of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). At this highest-level meeting, 193 Member States are set to agree on ITU’s strategic and financial plans, leadership, and direction for the next four years.
The body requires that members of the RRB perform their duties independently and on a part-time basis, meeting up to four times a year in Geneva.
In the run-up to the ITU RRB elections, Rev. Fianko assured member states that, if elected to the RRB, he will support the enhancement of transparency and efficiency of the RRB’s working methods through diligent, ethical, fair and transparent interpretation and application of the Radio Regulations with fidelity to the ITU Constitution.
He further said, “I will work collaboratively with other members to uphold the trust of all Member States in discharging the functions of the RRB.”
Rev. Edmund Fianko is an electronic communications engineer with a depth of experience in radio frequency spectrum management, telecom and broadcasting regulation, policy formulation, change management, ICT industry research, writing, publishing, teaching and public speaking.