ITU Denies Fiscal Cockup
The allegations come just days before the ITU's major industry event, the Telecom World 2003 event in Geneva, which begins on October 12, and at a time when the ITU is having to face a future with less money and fewer staff.
ITU spokespeople contacted by Boardwatch describe the allegations, including claims that Utsumi is facing calls to quit due to a lack of financial transparency and problems with a proposed budget, as "completely wrong" and "a load of rubbish." One spokesman says the magazine's article is "full of errors" and "entirely speculative" and that the allegations "came as a surprise to us all."
But while the ITU promises to confront the magazine regarding alleged inaccuracies and misquotes, it would appear that the 2004-2005 ITU budget has had a rough ride this summer, having to undergo some surgery to make it fit for approval.
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— Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch