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Thursday, November 16, 2006

3 directors emerge @ ITU plenipotentiary

Three Bureau Directors have been elected into the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to work with the newly elected Secretary-General of ITU, Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure of the Republic of Mali and his deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Houlin Zhao of China.


Out of the three, two where entirely directors while one was re-elected.


The latest directors are Messrs Sami Al-Basheer of Saudi Arabia and Mr Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom who were elected as Directors of the Telecommunication Development Bureau and Telecommunication Standardization Bureau respectively in a third round of voting.


While Mr Valery Timofeev of Russia was re-elected for a second term. He is to take charge at the Radiocommunication bureau of ITU.


Mr Timofeev, who reportedly received almost unanimous support from the Plenipotentiary, expressed great pleasure in reporting that the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) had fully carried out all the programmes set four years ago, including allocation of satellite frequencies and organizing major radio conferences such as Regional Radiocommunication Congress (RRC-06).


He said, "In the next term I expect once again to fulfill your expectations owing to the high level of expertise available in BR."


For Mr. Johnson, "To win an election is an emotional moment, a life-changing event. I feel very humbled by the Plenipotentiary's confidence in me and I shall be determined to meet the expectations."


Mr Johnson is well known to many of the key players in ITU with over 20 years of experience in the Union's activities.

Equally, for the newly elected Director of BDT, Mr Al Basheer, he pledged to work as a team to achieve the goals and objectives of ITU.


"The challenge is great, the task is heavy but I am confident in our ability to serve the Union and all mankind," he said.


In his congratulatory message to the newly elected directors, the scribe-elect of ITU, Dr Hamadoun Touré, invited them to join his team, which hopes to work with congeniality.

"We will strengthen team spirit and mutual trust between the staff and management," he said. Mr Touré and expressed gratitude to the outgoing team of Mr Utsumi and Mr Blois and thanked them for their assistance and support.



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