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International Participation

International Participation in ITU Activities

Entities may participate in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the international level as members of U.S. delegations or independently. There are three categories of participants for each sector group:

  • Private Operating Agency (POA);
  • Scientific or Industrial Organization (SIO); and
  • International Organization (IO).

To join a sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), entities may formally notify the Department of State by completing the enclosed sample letters:

In addition to the letter, firms should provide the following information:
  • Name and address of the organization;
  • Government, State, or Territory under the laws of which the applicant entity organization is organized;
  • A statement of the ownership of a non-corporate applicant or the ownership of the stock of a corporate applicant, including whether the applicant or its stock is directly or indirectly foreign-owned.

Upon receipt of such advice and information the Department of State acts upon the request and notifies the Secretary General of the ITU. The ITU will thereafter communicate directly with the firm regarding its ITU affiliation.

Organizations participating in sector activities contribute towards its expenses by selecting a contributory class, or level, expressed as a specific number of units. The value of the unit is fixed annually by the ITU Council. Contributions covering one calendar year are due in Swiss francs to ITU Headquarters by the end of the preceding year. If payment is received in another convertible currency such as U.S. dollars, it is converted into Swiss francs and deposited in Swiss francs. To avoid slight over or under payments caused by fluctuating exchange rates, arrangements may be made with a bank doing substantial international business for remittance of a precise amount in Swiss francs.

In considering whether to participate and, if so, its level of contribution, a firm should bear in mind that to end participation in ITU activities, the ITU Secretary General must be notified. That termination becomes effective only after one year has elapsed following receipt of the notification by the Secretary General, and that contributions at the agreed-upon level continue to be due in full through the last day of the month in which the termination takes effect.

For more information, please email ebcipma2@state.gov


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