Ms. Sophia Bekele, Executive Director of DCA Trust with Dr. Hamadoun Toure, ITU SecGeneral 

Congratulates Newly Elected ITU Secretary, General Houlin Zhao. 





Nairobi, Kenya, October 24, 2014: DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA Trust), and its affiliate DCA Registry Services (Kenya) Ltd. is pleased to extend a very warm congratulations and best wishes to the newly elected Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao.

Zhao a respected telecoms engineer with over 30 years' experience in the international environment who currently serves as ITU Deputy-Secretary-General (DSG) won overwhelmingly through 152 votes of the 156 countries that were present and voting in the election and will assume office on 1st January 2015 for a term of four years. The elections happened at the ITU's 19th Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea .


Speaking on the elections, Ms Sophia Bekele the Executive Director of DCA Trust said, "Our various organizations have been working closely with the ITU for the past decade on many initiatives on ICT and Internet and especially the outgoing Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Toure. We thank him for his service and wish him well, as we welcome Houlin Zhao, the Secretary General Elect as he assumes the reigns, wish him success in his role and look forward to working with him"


DCA actively contributes to ITU's calls and has submitted several recommendations on such matters as the ITU WCIT Draft of the future ITRs in November 2012, and ITU Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues (CWG-Internet : Public Consultation (March 2014).  


DotConnectAfrica supports the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance and has been following closely the developments at the ITU and other internet governance forums.

About DotConnectAfrica: 
DotConnectAfrica Trust is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan organization that is based in Port Louis, Mauritius (Reg.ID CT8710DCA90) with its registry operations located in Nairobi, Kenya.  Its main charitable objects are: (a) for the advancement of education in information technology to the African society; and (b) in connection with (a) to provide the African society with a continental Internet domain name to have access to Internet services for the people of Africa as a purpose beneficial to the public in general. 
DotConnectAfrica through its affiliate DCA Registry Services Ltd.intends to channel surplus resources gained from the .Africa registry operation to sponsor foundations that will cater to various charitable projects including the already launched and, as well as capacity building for African ccTLDs, with the general objective of improving the African Internet and business landscape.
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