Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)

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Established 1928, as Imperial Communications Advisory Committee. Reconstituted 1944, as Commonwealth Telecommunications Council; 31 May 1949, as Commonwealth Telecommunications Board, following signature of T-XT4808 - Commonwealth Telegraphs Agreement, 1948, 1948. Constituted under present title, 1966. Financial Agreement, CTOFA 1983, concluded 30 Mar 1983, replaces 10-year Agreement of 30 Mar 1973, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Financial Agreement (CTOFA), itself replacing the Commonwealth telegraphs agreements of 1948 and 1963. A Commonwealth Cable Management Committee (CCMC) organized and exploited the cable systems linking Commonwealth countries prior to 1966.


As a development partnership between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, business and civil society organizations, provide the international community with effective means to help bridge the digital divide and achieve social and economic development, by delivering research, consultancy, conferences and knowledge-sharing programmes in the use of Information and Communication Technologies in the specific areas of Telecommunications, IT, Broadcasting and the Internet, that emancipate, enrich, equalize and empower.


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Council of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, consisting of representatives appointed by Full Member countries (meets once a year) and elects a Chairperson and 2 Vice-Chairpersons. Executive Committee, comprising Chairperson, Vice Chairpersons, 2 members elected by the ICT Sector Members, Chairperson of the Programme for Development and Training and the Secretary-General, oversees affairs of the organisation between Council meetings. Two-tier membership structure consisting of Full Member countries (those Commonwealth countries that contribute to the management budget of the organization) and ICT Sector Members (private sector, non-Commonwealth countries and civil society).


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GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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