115th Anniversary

“Emancipating, Enriching, Equalising and Empowering through the use of ICTs”

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is an international organisation based in London and established through a Headquarters Agreement with the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the oldest and largest Commonwealth organisation engaged in multilateral collaboration in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and uses its experience and expertise to support its members in integrating ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that enrich, empower, and emancipate people within the Commonwealth and beyond.

The CTO is an international treaty organisation, and as such is a not-for-profit entity. Any surpluses generated through the CTO’s activities are re-invested in the activities of the organisation for the benefit of its members in using ICTs for socio-economic development.

The CTO has two broad categories of membership: Full Member Countries, and ICT Sector Members. We welcome additional members who support our vision and mission, and we also work with a diversity of partners to help deliver our remit. All members and partners comply with a rigorous ethical framework that helps to ensure that we operate in a fully transparent and open manner in all of our activities.

The CTO is governed by its Council, which consists of representatives from all member countries, and there is an eight member Executive Committee that oversees the activities of the Secretariat between Council meetings.
In recent years, the CTO has built a strong reputation in delivering three main types of activity: research and consultancy; capacity development and training; and events and conferences.

Our Strategic Plan for 2012/13-2015/16 highlights six main areas on which the organisation will be placing particular emphasis:

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