Zimbabwe lands top post in ITU
By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE has landed a top post in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) after telecommunications expert, Dr Cosmas Zavazava was elected Director of Telecommunications Development Bureau (BDT) of the union.
After three rounds of voting at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania this Friday, Dr Zavazava ensured that Zimbabwe landed an elective position in the UN organ for the first time in its history.
After the tight contest, Dr Zavazava described his election as a momentous achievement for the country and the SADC region.
Dr Zavazava will be responsible for the development arm of the ITU, which facilitates development projects in developing countries, small island developing states, and underdeveloped areas of the world.
Before this latest election, Dr Zavazava was working as Chief of Department, Partnerships for Digital Development in the BDT responsible for strategic partnerships, engagement with industry and private sector, resource mobilisation, and project implementation.
With over 30 years of experience in telecommunications, Dr Zavazava also spent many years working as Chief of the Department for Projects and Knowledge Management in the Telecommunication Development Bureau.
For the position, Africa fielded four candidates from Cameroon, The Gambia, Congo Brazzaville, and Zimbabwe, while the other candidates were from the Bahamas and Pakistan.
The Zimbabwe delegation to Bucharest was led by the Deputy Minister of Information Communication Technology (ICT), Postal and Courier Services, Honourable Dingimuzi Phuti, and also comprised POTRAZ Director General, Dr Gift Machengete.