Islamic States Telecommunications Union (ISTU)
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within the framework of C-XC4129 - Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), following resolutions 5/10-E and 17/15-E of the 10th and 15th sessions of K-XF4192 - Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held 8-12 May 1979, Fez (Morocco) and 18-22 Dec 1984, Sanaa (Yemen), respectively. Feb 2007 not set up yet.
Promote Islamic solidarity in the telecommunications field, as far as possible ensuring self-sufficiency, integration and coordination among Member States; protect interests of members within similar international organizations and forums; provide advice, consultancy and suggest solutions in matters referred by members; promote plans, undertake studies and pursue research with a view to developing and modernizing telecommunications according to advanced international technical and technological standards; extend assistance to members in manpower training, establishing specialist centres and institutes and making maximum possible use of manpower expert services and training facilities available in Member States; expedite modernization of technical methods and operations, offering technical and technological services to upgrade Member States' standard of service; encourage members to set up industries for manufacture of telecommunications equipment and material, coordinating endeavours of members towards technical, technological and economic integration of such industries; develop cooperation among members in establishing telephone, telegraph, telex, data and other telecommunications services, enhancing telecommunications networks and ensuring complementarity of ground and space networks through coordination with regional and international organizations; encourage use of the Arabic alphabet in telecommunications among Member States.
General Assembly (every 3 years) elects Executive Board of 11 for 3-year terms (meets annually), and also Director General and Assistant Director General (3-year terms) who, with staff members, comprise General Secretariat. Director General and a representative of OIC are non-voting members of the Board.
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