The Korea Herald


ITU picks Busan for communications conference in 2014


Published : Oct. 12, 2011 - 15:52

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The Korea Communications Commission announced Wednesday that the plenipotentiary conference of the International Telecommunication Union will be held in Busan in 2014.

The meeting, which will be organized for three weeks from Oct. 20-Nov. 7, is a meeting launched every four years by the ITU, an organization which specializes in deciding standards on radio and telecommunications.

Ministerial-level government officials from 193 different nations will take part in the event that will be held for the 19th time.

Last October, the KCC received votes to hold the meeting at the previous plenipotentiary conference in Mexico. Busan, Seoul and Jeju were three cities that were among the candidates and the ITU evaluation committee visited the sites this August.

“The committee looked over the convention centers, hotels and airport facilities in August and the ITU secretariat proposed to the board committee on Tuesday that Busan was the best fit for the 2014 conference,” said KCC officials.

The decision, along with the conference schedule, however, will get the approval of all members in 193 nations by the end of this year to be finalized.

By Cho Ji-hyun (