International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states have this morning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates re-elected Houlin Zhao of China as ITU Secretary-General.
The election took place during the Union’s 20th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18). Zhao, who contested the election unopposed won the position with 176 votes, from 178 ballot papers deposited.
Mr Zhao, an information and communication technology (ICT) engineer who has served in a variety of senior management positions at ITU, will begin his second, and last, four-year term on 1 January 2019.
“We continue to connect the unconnected, strengthening partnerships to implement our common vision of a connected world, where information and communication technology is a source for good for everyone everywhere,” ” says Zhao in a press statement issued by ITU.
Prior to first being elected as ITU Secretary General in 2014, Zhao served eight years as ITU Deputy Secretary-General. He also served two elected terms as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), which develops technical standards to ensure worldwide ICT interoperability. Before that, he was a Senior Counsellor with TSB for 12 years.
“Since being elected Secretary-General of ITU in 2015, Houlin Zhao has attained marked achievements in overcoming the challenges that ITU faces in advancing its work and activities by way of promoting reform and innovation,” said Wei Miao, Minister of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China in putting forward Zhao for re-election as ITU Secretary-General. “His pragmatism and spirit of teamwork has been widely recognized. We are confident that Mr Zhao will undoubtedly … continue to lead ITU in playing an even more important role in the worldwide development of information and communication technologies.”