About CIG



The Commonwealth ITU Group (CIG) was established in September 2002 during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in which the 54 Commonwealth member countries sought to organise themselves in supporting the appointment to key positions for the various ITU elected officials including the 5 Elected officers, members of the Radio Regulation Board (RRB), and representation on the ITU Council. 

Since then, the CIG have had senior Government officials and Regulators meet on a regular basis to establish a common set of objectives to be achieved at various conferences and meetings of the ITU on International Telecom Regulation, Policy, Radio Spectrum, and related matters, as well as type approval, standardisation, typically addressing the concerns of member states in all aspects of telecommunications development and implementation. 

After a decade of CIG activities and geographically covering Commonwealth member States stretching from Canada /Caribbean to Europe/Africa to Asia and the South Pacific; CIG has become an important single large group (of 54 Countries) to influence matters on all aspects of ITU work.  Given this role, CIG members work alongside the operators and equipment suppliers etc in order to ensure a more versatile, widely used, compliant and an effective deployment of network and services for the benefit of all concerned. The CIG has a good record of achieving most of its objectives over the years. It had done so at various WTSA, ITU Plenipotentiary, WTDC, and WRC conferences in the last 10 years.

Interview with Dr. Bashir Gwandu, Chairman, Commonwealth ITU Group, at WTDC-14, 01 April 2014.


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