We would like to congratulate Mr. Houlin Zhao who was elected Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today. Mr. Zhao, a citizen of China, will take over the position from current Secretary General Hamadoun Toure on January 1, 2015. Mr. Zhao has been Deputy Secretary General of the ITU for the past eight years and served as Director of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) for the previous eight years.
We look forward to a productive collaborative relationship with Mr. Zhao and with the ITU under his leadership.
I also want to express our appreciation to Dr. Hamadoun Toure, who has made expansion of broadband infrastructure among his highest priorities. We look forward to working with him through 2014 and wish him the very best as he moves to the next phase of his career.