Nº 6 2015 > Celebrating ITU’s 150 Years

ITU 150th Anniversary quotes

As we mark the sesquicentennial of ITU, let us pledge to work even harder to further the vision and mission of the ITU and build a future where all members of the human family are connected and enjoy access to ICT services.

— Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), United Arab Emirates

Based on the MoU signed last year between ITU and the City of Busan, I hope that we can continue to work together in ensuring IoT interoperability, nurturing ICT experts and narrowing the digital divide.

— Suh Byung-soo, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea

ITU has continually proved its value and capability as it brings the diverse Member States of the world together in achieving consensus solutions. With your dedication, we have enjoyed great progress in international telecommunications and ICTs over the past 150 years.

— Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohamed, Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Bahrain

In the context of the 2015 theme “Telecommunication/ICTs: Drivers of Innovation” I would like to emphasize the significant contribution of ITU to bridging the digital divide, developing economy and building an inclusive information society.

— Veselin Bozhkov, Chairman, Communications Regulation Commission, Bulgaria

Today as we mark 150 years of the establishment of ITU, we also mark 15 years since the establishment of Lesotho Communications Authority.

— Monehela Posholi, Chief Executive Officer, Lesotho Communications Authority

Another significant development has been the process of migration to digital terrestrial television broadcasting. This process was initiated by ITU. In 2006, Region 1 of ITU comprising Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Islamic Republic of Iran agreed to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by the 17 June 2015.

— Khotso Letsatsi, Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Lesotho

Today, as the oldest specialized agency of the United Nations, ITU with 193 Member States and over 700 Sector Members, including many United States companies and organizations, remains a vital tool for the evolution of the telecommunication sector on a range of important technical and policy issues, including the global allocation of the radio frequency spectrum allocation, the development of technical standards management, and capacity building in developing countries.

— John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America

I, availing myself of this opportunity, would like to express my deep thanks to ITU for sincere assistance and cooperation for the development of telecommunications in our country in the past, and hope for your active role to continue this history of admirable assistance and cooperation in future.

— Kwang Chol KIM, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Hon’ble Prime Minister expressed her firm optimism to launch Bangladesh’s first-ever satellite into space by 2017 to bring a revolutionary change in the telecom and information technology sector, while acknowledging wide ranging assistance that Bangladesh has been receiving from ITU.

— Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations

I would like to congratulate you warmly, on behalf of the Italian Authorities and in my name personally for the interesting and even moving ceremony for the 150th Anniversary of ITU.

— Maurizio Enrico Serra, Ambassador of Italy

We are proud to belong to the country which became a Member State of ITU 149 years ago (9 February, 1866).

— B. Kovacevic, President of Association of Electrical Engineers of Serbia (AEES), Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade; A. Skulic, Chairman, and M. Simic, Vice‑Chairman, Management Board, AEES

It was my pleasure and honour to be there [at the ITU150 Awards ceremony] to receive the prestigious ITU150 Award along with other recipients.

—Ken Sakamura, Professor, the University of Tokyo, Director, YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory Chair, TRON Forum, Japan

It was truly an honour for the institution that I represent, that you shared the commemoration of the Madrid Conference held in 1932, presided by HM King Felipe VI, with a broad representation of Spanish information and communication technologies industry professionals, in the same Sessions Chamber of the Spanish Senate in which you delivered your speech [Houlin Zhao] in commemoration of 150 years of ITU.

—Eugenio Fontán, Dean and President, Official College of Telecommunications Engineers (Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación, COIT), Spain

…the Argentine Republic, member of the Union since 1889, wishes to join the celebration. The Correo Oficial de la República Argentina S.A. (Argentina’s Official Post Office), under the scope of this Federal Authority for Information and Communication Technologies (AFTIC) issued a commemorative postage stamp on 21 August 2015…

—Norberto Berner, President, Federal Authority for Information and Communication Technologies (AFTIC), Argentina

ITU’s contribution to the development of communication the world over, the growth and development of ICT and all its allied sectors cannot be gainsaid.

—H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

Government has to set the vision and put sensible policies in place. And it has to see advances in information technology as part of a larger plan to empower our people and create opportunities. One thing is clear: Information technology is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end.

—H.E. Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji

Celebrating ITU’s 150 Years

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