Thursday, October 6, 2011

South Sudan: Nation Becomes ITU's 193rd Member State

Geneva — The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is proud to announce that the world's newest country, South Sudan, has joined ITU to become the Union's 193rd Member State, effective from 3 October 2011.

The country, which gained its independence on 9 July, 2011 has already been allocated the international dialling code +211 by ITU, following the country's recognition by the UN General Assembly. The dialling code became active on 28 September.

"We are delighted to be able to welcome South Sudan as an ITU member state so soon after attaining full nationhood. The government of South Sudan clearly recognizes the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) as an engine of social and economic development. We will work alongside the national authorities to leverage the power of technology, to help lift the country to new levels and fulfil the national motto of 'Justice, Liberty, Prosperity'," said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.

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