His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government has confirmed plans to join ITU, the International Telecommunication Union. Although membership of ITU is open to only UN members, which may join the Union as Member States, Mount Vema intends to join initially under the same platform as the Vatican City which is a Sovereign State member of the ITU but is not a member of the UN.
The membership is important to the government, to enable the Vema Seamount Territory to use its own country calling code. Country dial in codes are telephone dialing prefixes for the member countries or regions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). They are defined by the ITU-T in standards E.123 and E.164. The prefixes enable international direct dialing (IDD), and are also referred to as international subscriber dialing (ISD) codes.
Mount Vema currently relies on routers installed on board of ships to connect to other countries, but as the economic activities increase, and to support the nation’s economy and infrastructure, having its own country code will be an important step.
Country codes are necessary only when dialing a telephone number to establish a call to another country, and it is dialed before the national telephone number. By convention, international telephone numbers are represented by prefixing the country code with a plus sign (+).
If the code is not secured on time, there are alternative plans to join as a private organization like the membership granted to carriers, equipment manufacturers, funding bodies, research and development organizations and international and regional telecommunication organizations, which can join ITU as non-voting Sector Members.
The Mount Vema government today was forced to issue an explanation to the media why invitations to foreign leaders to visit Mount Vema don’t include countries that would be apparent allies and natural trade partners of the Vema Seamount Territory.
The government explained that it had to change its priorities because Mount Vema stopped sending or accepting postal correspondences more than two years ago. So, when a country or territory cannot be contacted through its official website, officials must wait until the communication can be done in person.
The reason is not only to make Mount Vema more environmental-friendly, by avoiding letters, which requires the consumption of paper, but also security.
According to the Mount Vema security services, except for in very special circumstances, no correspondence will be sent or received that requires screen for suspicious items or substances that could be a threat to general security.
The government encourages all government departments and companies to use forms available on official websites which are generally encrypted and free from virus.
MVScloud the IT company of the Kingdom of Mount Vema announced today that it expects to have all systems ready for Vema Seamount before August this year, and to be operating by the end of the year.
People travelling to Mount Vema for work, will find internet-based communications in the island available to contact family, friends or co-workers. Everyone will be able to send an instant message to a friend, e-mail co-workers, make phone calls, and conduct video conferences.
Residents who will be living aboard will be able to save money on phone calls by sending someone an instant message or by using VoIP instead of standard local telephone services. According to MVScloud.
The news was welcomed by all project participants when it was first announced by W-Contractors, the main procurement company of Mount Vema who announced that it has been able to identify systems in the open market that will meet the needs of MVScloud.
The Ministry of Communications asked the Department in charge of national development to give priority to works related to facilities that will accommodate the internet connection for the country’s AIS receiver station, that will be receiving the telegrams from nearby vessels via VHF data.
The AIS receiver station, will send data to Automatic identification system to be recorded and used for vessel tracking, and including security, emergency and rescue to support the existing system used by the Vema Seamount Authority.
The Ministry of Communications request is part of the government plan to set up a MarineTraffic AIS station in the Kingdom of Mount Vema to enable City of Mount Vema Project Participants to get access to exclusive MarineTraffic services and better coordinate logistic operations.
The ministry said that internet access must be a priority to enable individuals and organizations to connect to the Internet using their computer terminals, computers, mobile devices and to access services such as email and the World Wide Web, while at work in Mount Vema or when visiting the country, not to rely only on maritime vessels.
The Kingdom of Mount Vema type of internet connection will be wireless broadband to provide both fixed and mobile Internet access, but who will be providing the services is still unknown. So far the government has not commented on the issue.
Vema Seamount Legislation
The Statutory Laws of the Kingdom of Mount Vema
Law of the Sea Treaty (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)
MARPOL 73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships)
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
The Right to Self-Determination
Many believe because our community is not a member of the United Nations and is only just over a decade old, doing business with the Kingdom of Mount Vema is not possible for foreign nationals and foreign companies seeking to take advantage of the business opportunities the floating city project is creating. Nothing could be further from the truth. The territory doesn't need a United Nations membership to function as a sovereign territory, or to exercise its inalienable right for self-determination