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    Between February the twelfth and twenty-third, Kenya's capital Nairobi hosts an International Telecommunication Union(ITU) seminar.?

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    GV INT Delegates at Kenyatta Conference Centre

    SV Minister Isaac Omolo Okero speaking in English

    SVs Delegates listening including Kuwait, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Gabon, Iraq, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawai, Algeria, and Mauritania

    SV Minster Okero continues speaking

    OKERO: "On March the 19th '59, Radio Conference, when the majority of the countries present here are not directly represented, the World (indistinct) Radio Conference. This year will open opportunities for all countries to stake their claim in the sharing of the radio-frequency spectrum. However, this objective will not materialise without committed preparations on the national, regional and international level. On our part therefore, we highly commend action taken by the International Telecommunication Union, other international agencies, and other organisations in arranging this seminar. Progress would be made regarding the adoption of new technology, in order to achieve more effective exploitation of the spectrum. Of course there is every need to introduce measures that would conserve this limited resource; it is also necessary to bear in mind the various constraints that developing.........countries would face in changing to the new system. I would appeal to industrialised countries to bear this consideration in mind so that the decisions of the World Administrative Radio Conference this year will not give rise to major capital expenditure and that any changes agreed will be phased over a period of time."

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    Background: Between February the twelfth and twenty-third, Kenya's capital Nairobi hosts an International Telecommunication Union(ITU) seminar. Delegates from Africa and the Middle East are meeting in Nairobi to prepare for the forthcoming World Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva next autumn. The conference in Geneva will decide about the re-allocation of radio frequencies which were established twenty years ago. Developments in telecommunications techniques over the last two decades have made it necessary to move international communications to high frequencies, but more developed countries are concerned that the present high-frequency spectrum allocated for this purpose has become obsolete, and should be abandoned. But because of economic constraints, the developing countries have not been able to adopt innovations to a satisfactory level to warrant sharing the developed countries' views.

    SYNOPSIS: Kenyan Minister for Power and Communications, Isaac Omolo Okero, took up this controversy between developed and developing countries when he addressed the seminar.

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