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Election of the Directors of the Three Bureaux

Robert Jones of Canada re-elected Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR)

Mr Robert Jones of Canada was re-elected 22 October as Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau with 145 votes. With 151 ballots cast, the required majority was 73.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Jones expressed his appreciation for the confidence which delegations had expressed by re-electing him for a second term. "The almost four years of my first term have gone by quickly", he said. "Much has been accomplished in the Radiocommunication Sector and in the ITU as a whole, but much remains to be done to further adapt this important organization to the rapidly changing environment," he added. Mr Jones pledged his cooperation to the Secretary-General elect and Deputy Secretary-General elect, and thanked his departing colleagues for their wisdom and fruitful cooperation over the past four years and thanked the staff of the ITU for their contribution in achieving the challenging goals established by the Radiocommunication sector.

Mr Jones’s curriculum vitae and platform can be found at and

Hamadoun I. Touré of Mali elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT)

On the second ballot on 22 October, Mr Hamadoun I. Touré of Mali was elected Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau. In the first round, Mr Touré had obtained 54 votes, while the incumbent Mr Ahmed Laouyane (Tunisia) had 61; Dr K. Mirski of Bulgaria, 28; and Dr A. Yousif of Sudan, 8. The required majority was 76.

Mr Touré’s curriculum vitae and platform can be found at and

Houlin Zhao of China elected Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)

On the third ballot, Mr Houlin Zhao of China was elected Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau with 97 votes. Mr Michel Feneyrol of France obtained 51 votes. Dr B. Horton (Australia) had withdrawn from the race. 150 ballots were cast and the majority required was 75.

Mr Zhao paid tribute to his opponents, as distinguished men in the telecommunication for conducting such a high level elections. "I will further study the brilliant ideas from their programmes and expect to work together with them, in one way or another" he said. He added that the 20th century is witnessing a veritable explosion in the communication and information society: the rapid growth of the Internet, mobile communications, the WTO basic telecommunications agreement, the worldwide trend of liberalization, competition, globalization and the convergence of technology and services. "Standardization plays a key role in making telecommunication accessible to all, thus fostering development and growth in all domains on a global scale," Mr Zhao said. On the need to face the challenges brought about from the market forces in the area of standardization, Mr Zhao said "believing that the world needs an effective and efficient ITU-T, I will do everything in my power to keep ITU-T more dynamic and responsible in delivering services to the whole telecommunication community at the level of excellence and within the time-frame expected by its members to strengthen the ITU-T's preeminence and to maintain its leading position in global telecommunication standardization of the 21st century."

Following the announcement of the result of the TSB election, Mr Feneyrol of France, said "The will of the Member States has been clearly expressed in the ballot boxes this morning at the third round". He thanked those who supported him and who, like him, wished that the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau become a forum where both governments and private sector could expressed their views while respecting individual and collective interests to build a balanced telecommunication world. He also expressed his satisfaction at the way the campaign was conducted. "The campaign for the post of Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau has been conducted in the general interest of the ITU and in a spirit of courtesy. I wish the new team success and hope the Plenipotentiary Conference will give them the means to put into place flexible working methods to facilitate the attainment of the laudable objectives expressed in the general policy statements".

Mr Zhao's curriculum vitae and platform can be found at and

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