Kenya’s John Omo re-elected as Secretary-General of African Telecommunications Union

Kenya's John Omo re-elected as Secretary-General of African Telecommunications Union
John Omo Secretary-General, African Telecommunications Union

Kenya’s John Omo has been re-elected Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) for a second four year term. He sailed through unopposed after his sole challenger from Mauritania withdrew from the race.

OMO was first elected Secretary General during the 5th ATU Conference of Plenipotentiaries held in Nairobi in August, 2018.

He continues to lead the continental body entrusted with building consensus within African countries and coordinating African Common Proposals in international fora.

Omo has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer and has contributed immensely to the drafting, vetting of local and international instruments, agreements and treaties, representing Government in civil and arbitration matters, researches on policy and legal issues.

He holds a Master of Law degree in International and Commercial law from the University of Sheffield – UK; a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nairobi – Kenya; a Diploma in Human Rights Law from the UN Human Rights Centre, Geneva, and ILO Centre Turin and another diploma in Legal Practice and Ethics from the Kenya School of Law amongst other professional courses.

The African Telecommunications Union was founded in 1977 as a specialized agency of the Organisation of African Unity, now African Union.  It took its present name in 1999 which led to the transformation of the agency into a partnership between public and private stakeholders in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

The organisation provides a forum for stakeholders involved in ICT to formulate effective policies and strategies aimed at improving access to information infrastructure and services.

The Union represents the interests of its members at global decision-making conferences and promotes initiatives aimed at integrating regional markets, attracting investment into ICT infrastructure, and building institutional and human capacity.