By Vision reporter
ICT minister Eng. John Nasasira has been nominated to head a UN body dealing with international telecommunications development.
Nasasira was appointed chairman of the Smart Sustainable Development Model advisory board, a UN body under the International Telecommunications Union, whose headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
“This is a great opportunity and honour, not only for me but also Uganda,” he told New Vision. “I will do my best to deliver on this assignment and represent our country as I always do.”
The body, whose mandate is to link ICT for development and ICT for disaster management, is an initiative developed to mobilise infrastructure for social services in cases of disaster emergencies. Nasasira becomes a founding member and first chairman of the advisory board.
The 20-person board includes ministers from Japan, Luxemburg, Indonesia, Thailand and Jamaica. It also includes satellite professionals from the UK, US, Netherlands, France Saudi Arabia and UAE. Others are officials from the UN and other humanitarian organisations.