PP-14 Highlights: Conference elects Houlin Zhao as the next Secretary General of ITU
Elections got under way on 23 October 2014, with the conference electing Houlin Zhao as the next Secretary-General, with 152 votes out of 152 countries present and voting. The required majority was 77. Mr Zhao was sole candidate for the post.
“I feel deeply moved that you have unanimously and enthusiastically elected me as the new Secretary-General of ITU, entrusting me the honour of leading our beloved organization for the next four years. I sincerely thank all of you for your confidence in me,” said Mr Zhao speaking after his election.
Mr Zhao expressed his profound gratitude to the Government of China for putting forward his candidature. In particular, he thanked Vice-Minister Liu Lihua of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Chinese delegation to PP-14, all Chinese friends who had worked hard to promote his candidature over the last two years, all delegates of ITU Member States, experts and friends of ITU Sector Members, and ITU staff “for their invaluable support and encouragement” since the announcement of his candidature two years ago. “Last but not the least, I would like to thank my dear wife Aihua Jiang, who has always assisted me in serving ITU and is now here in this room together with my son Peng to support me in person,” said Mr Zhao to a round of applause.
He paid tribute to ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré in these words: “He has done his utmost to lead ITU with many achievements. Over the last eight years, he and I have enjoyed working together in an excellent relationship. He is a great son of Africa and my life friend and brother. I wish him and his family all the best in the future.”