150th anniversary of itu posterThis year, 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union. Established in 1865, ITU has reaffirmed its reputation worldwide as one of the most resilient and relevant organizations and continues its work as the specialized agency of the United Nations, and its oldest member, dealing with state-of-the-art telecommunications and information and communication technologies.

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60sen, 70sen, 80sen
Sheets: 60sen x 20, 70sen x 20, 80sen x 20

“Pos Malaysia isdelighted to mark the 150th anniversary of ITU, the oldest agency under the United Nations,” said Azlan Shahrim, Covering Group Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia.

“The issue date will be on Sunday, May 17 to coincide with the celebration of ITU’s 150th anniversary which will be held in Geneva. The collection will be available for sale on Sunday at all post offices in Johor, Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah, and at other states starting Monday, May 18,” added Azlan.

ITU is a specialized United Nations agency for information and communication technologies, and is the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For over 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, and worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world. ITU has also played a pivotal part in establishing worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems and addressing the global challenges of our times, such as mitigating climate change and strengthening cybersecurity.

ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU Telecom World, bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology for the benefit of the global community, and in particular the developing world.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, its membership includes 193 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates.

Malaysia has been a member of ITU since 1958.

“The release signifies our support towards ITU’s commitment in connecting the world which is in line with our corporate vision and ambition to connect Malaysia, and beyond – for today and tomorrow.”

“The public can take this opportunity to get this special collection from the branch nearest to them, and our SODA members will receive them automatically via mail,” added Azlan.

The special release consists of three individual stamps with denominations of 60 sen, 70 sen and 80 sen, featuring the telephone, television and satellite respectively.

First Day Covers are also available on the first day of the stamp sale at 50 sen each and RM2.60 with a stamp setwhile the folder is priced at RM6 each and RM50.60 for the complete set.

The collection is designed by Reign Associates Sdn Bhd and printed by Percetakan Keselamatan Nasional on SPM watermarked phosphor-coated paper.