ITU confirms its confidence in Mexico and re-elects it to its council

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Release from the transport and communications ministry of Mexico

November 6, 2018

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During the 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Mexico was re-elected to the ITU Executive Council for the next four years with 168 votes in favor.

The ITU Executive Council acts as the governing body of telecommunications policy in the world and is responsible for verifying that the activities and strategies of the international organization respond fully to the challenges of the current global telecommunications environment.

During the same session, the ITU member states gave 122 to Mr. Fernando Borjón Figueroa, current general director of the telecommunications investment promotion agency (Promtel) to be a member of the Radio Regulations Board, an organization that approves the rules of procedure of the Bureau of Radiocommunications provides advice to radiocommunication conferences and assemblies, among other tasks.

With these appointments, Mexico has strengthened its position as a relevant player in the global telecommunications sector.

During the conference in Dubai, the five most important management positions in the organization were also selected: Mr. Houlin Zhao, from China, was reelected to the position of Secretary General, while Mr. Malcolm Johnson, from the United Kingdom, was again elected to occupy the position of Deputy Secretary General. In other appointments, Dr. Chaesub Lee of the Republic of Korea and Mr. Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay were re-elected as heads of the Telecommunication Standardization and Radiocommunication bureaus, respectively.

In addition, Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin from the United States was elected as Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, becoming the first woman to head a bureau in the history of the international organization.

More than 2,500 participants, including heads of government, ministers and other delegates from the majority of the 193 member states of the ITU, as well as representatives of private companies, academic institutions and national, regional and international organizations, attended this Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai.