Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated on Monday the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), in attendance of more than 3,500 participants from 140 countries.
A total of 50 world officials participate in the conference, presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady said.
The conference was organised by the UN agency of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and will continue until 22 November.
Al-Sisi said that the conference reflects the evolution of Egyptian civilisation, and that Egypt is keeping up with and contributing to global developments.
Houlin Zhao, secretary-general of ITU, said that “the union was established in 1865, which is the same year when the Egypt’s post service was established,” adding that Egypt is a long-time member of the ITU.
Zhao also said that the conference is being held in Sharm El-Sheikh given the security, peace and development Egypt has to offer.
The conference is being held for the first time in 20 years outside the International Telecommunication Union headquarters in Geneva. The WRC is held every three to four years to review the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.
Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU, which takes into account recommendations made by previous world radiocommunication conferences.