U.S. Support for Doreen Bogdan-Martin’s Candidacy for the International Telecommunication Union

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Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

I am pleased to announce U.S. support for the candidacy of Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin for Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at elections to be held during the Plenipotentiary Conference from September 26 - October 14, 2022.

With nearly 28 years of experience at the ITU and a strong track record of innovative and inclusive leadership, Ms. Bogdan-Martin is uniquely qualified for this position and brings a deep commitment to fulfilling the ITU's mission. She is currently the Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau, where she is focused on expanding connectivity and closing digital divides for people all over the world.

Digital technology has the power to spur economic growth, improve development outcomes, and lift millions out of poverty, and the ITU’s work is critical in this regard. Both the ITU and USAID share the goal of advancing open, interoperable, and secure internet access worldwide and promoting responsible telecommunications development around the world. 

Ms. Bogdan-Martin shares USAID’s steadfast commitment to increasing digital literacy for vulnerable populations and closing the digital divide, particularly for women, priorities that are central to ensuring the openness, safety, and inclusivity of digital technologies. 

If elected, Ms. Bogdan-Martin would be the first woman to serve as ITU Secretary General in the organization's 156 years of existence. Ms. Bogdan-Martin is the right person at the right time to usher the ITU into a new era for collaboration, inclusivity, and impact. Her strong advocacy for equal access to the internet in developing areas, her commitment to uplifting women and girls through technology, and her record of service to the ITU, make her the ideal candidate to lead this organization. I am proud to endorse her candidacy on behalf of USAID.

Last updated: August 05, 2022

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