Toure to serve second term as the ITU secretary general

Hamadoun Toure of Mali will keep his post as the ITU's secretary general as the telecom industry association has appointed him to a second four-year term.

Toure won the election with 151 votes with 157 countries present during the recent election, which took place during the plenary session of the eighteenth ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.

During his new four-year term, Toure said he would "put a special emphasis on broadband access as well as continuing to ensure that cybersecurity is high on everyone's agenda." He also pledged to place special attention on small island developing states and land-locked countries and encourage more private sector involvement in these projects via public-private partnerships within the ITU and with other telecom industry players.   

In related ITU election news, François Rancy of France, Brahima Sanou of Burkina Faso were appointed as new directors of its Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Development Bureaux, while Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom was reelected as the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB).

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