JIU INSPECTORS PRESENT MAR REPORT TO ITU COUNCIL
On May 26 2016, Inspectors Tarasov and Gopinathan presented the ‘Review of Management and Administration in the International Telecommunication Union’ to the ITU Council 2016 Session. The scope of the review focused on issues such as governance, executive management, organizational structure, strategic planning, financial management, human resources management, information and communication technology management and oversight mechanisms.
The Inspectors commended excellent cooperation accorded by the ITU management and the staff during the review process and underlined the useful inputs of the Member States and the Sector Members during the preparation of the review.
The report contains 12 formal recommendations that are aimed to improve the overall management framework of the Union and to strengthen internal coordination: 11 are directed to the Secretary-General and one is addressed to the Union’s Member States through the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Council. These recommendations are complemented by a series of informal ones, which are additional suggestions to the management and the membership.
The ITU Deputy Secretary-General introduced to the Council the management response which stated the acceptance of all formal and informal recommendations contained in the JIU report. He also highlighted that implementation of some of the recommendations had already started. The ITU Secretariat further committed to the implementation of the JIU’s recommendations and will set up a special task force to facilitate this objective.
During the plenary meeting, sixteen delegations conveyed their appreciation of the quality of the JIU report and expressed their concurrence with its findings and conclusions. Of primary interest were the recommendations dealing with ITU’s risk management and accountability framework, improving the Union’s financial situation, as well as ensuring geographical representation and gender equality. They also focused on the ways the JIU recommendations would be implemented and monitored.
The Council formally endorsed the JIU report and instructed the Secretary-General to implement the formal and informal recommendations addressed to the Secretariat and to provide a comprehensive progress report to Council 2017.