Published on: March 5, 2022

HOST COUNTRY AGREEMENT

HOST COUNTRY AGREEMENT

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Government of India & International Telecommunication Union (ITU) signed the Host Country Agreement (HCA)

Defiance ABOUT THE AGREEMENT

  • Signed in a virtual ceremony during the World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly-20 (WTSA-20) being held in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Provides the legal and financial framework for the establishment and operations of the Area Office and innovation center of ITU in New Delhi, India

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

  • ITU is the United Nations specialized agency responsible for information and communication technologies (ICTs). It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • It was established in 1865 as the International Telegraph Union, making it the oldest UN agency.
  • ITU currently has a membership of 193 countries.

World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly (WTSA)

  • WTSA is a four-yearly global conference of ITU dedicated to standardization of the Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs).
  • WTSA defines general policy and adopts working methods and procedures for ITU-T.
  • Article 18 of the ITU Constitution and Article 13 of the ITU Convention provides the functions of the WTSA.
  • India has proposed to host the next WTSA to be held in 2024.