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Closure of the conference
 
 
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The conference ended on 22 October 2010 with statements from Fernando Guzmán Pérez Peláez, Secretary-General of the Government of Jalisco; Juan Francisco Molinar Horcasitas, Mexico’s Minister of Communications and Transport; and ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré.

All delegations who took the floor thanked the Government and people of Mexico for their warm hospitality, adding that they had set a new standard of excellence in terms of the logistical support provided to the conference.

Delegations also commended: the Chairman of the conference for the skill with which he had conducted the discussions and for his patience, wisdom and efforts to build consensus; the chairmen and vice-chairmen of the committees and the Working Group of the Plenary for their sterling work; the ITU staff for ensuring that the conference ran smoothly; the Secretary-General for his vision and efforts to raise ITU’s profile; and the outgoing Directors of BR and BDT for their leadership and valuable contribution to ITU over many years. They wished the newly elected officials every success.

These sentiments were echoed from the United Arab Emirates to Iraq, Qatar, Senegal, Nigeria, Brazil, Sweden, the Russian Federation, the United States and the Republic of Korea, with Chile thanking all participants for their moral support regarding the rescue, during the conference, of the 33 Chilean miners that had been trapped in a copper mine for 69 days.

Qatar welcomed the spirit of cooperation and compromise that had prevailed. Sweden, on behalf of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and European members, expressed the confidence that the decisions taken by the conference would help to guide ITU’s future work and ensure that it remained the leading telecommunication organization in the world.

For the Russian Federation, difficult decisions had been taken by the conference in areas including Internet governance, and building confidence and security in the use of ICT. And for the United States, the Chairman had brought to a successful conclusion a landmark conference that would lead ITU into a new era of cooperation and collaboration.

The Republic of Korea, whose offer to host the next Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014 had received applause at the beginning of the conference, congratulated participants on their achievements and expressed the hope that the enthusiasm and spirit of cooperation from Guadalajara live on.

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“The conference embarked on a marathon undertaking to strengthen the role of ITU, in particular with regard to information and communication technologies. It has succeeded in going further than anticipated, and has taken historical steps that will enhance the use of ICT by each and every country.” Fernando Borjón, Chairman of the Conference and Coordinator of Technological Development with the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport.
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Dr Touré awarded the ITU Gold medal and certificate to Valery Timofeev, outgoing Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR); and the ITU Silver medal and certificate to Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, outgoing Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT); and to Fernando Borjón, Chairman of the Conference.
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