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Source: Zawya
Nouakchott - Dr. Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck, a key contributor to ICT (Information Communication Technologies) development in developing countries and Mauritania, with her prior experience with International Telecommunication Union, and a professional background in Information Technology, will contest the election for the post of Deputy Secretary-General (ITU). Mauritania has declared its intent to participate in the upcoming top-management elections of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which, through its Plenipotentiary Conference 2014, will elect its next Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.

Dr. Fatimetou Saleck has been a key promoter of ICT access in West Africa and of creating connectedness in developing countries, to help realize true benefits of ICT. She has established herself among the advocates of ICT development in underdeveloped nations and seeks votes of confidence from ITU's Member States to help promote women leadership from developing countries on the global telecommunications and ICT arena.

Fatimetou has aligned her leadership pursuit with six key objectives, which she seeks to fulfill as ITU's prospective new Deputy Secretary-General and which, she believes, would help address critical areas of telecommunications and ICT for societal development around the globe.

According to Dr. Fatimetou Saleck, "I am committed to supporting broadband transformation and enabling all Member States to experience the overall impact of digital transformation on social and economic fronts, especially when sufficient potential and impact of such digital transformation has been assessed and quantified in three of the world's largest regions by the South Asia - Middle East - North Africa Telecommunications Council. There is a strong need for highlighting sustainable development imperatives and developing initiatives centered on ensuring improved connectedness, digital development, and environmental preservation; enabling greater involvement of young populations in all Member States and raising ICT acumen among the youth to catalyze entrepreneurship; providing representation to the developmental needs of developing countries across all continents; and facilitating greater women participation and leadership roles in the development of ICT around the globe."
With her past experience in launching various telecommunications development initiatives in Mauritania and having contributed toward tackling development challenges that confront the future of West Africa as a whole, Fatimetou understands the responsibilities of the Union and the future role it must play in helping both developing and developed economies fulfill their varying digital and socio-economic requirements.

Dr. Saleck's candidature for the post of Deputy Secretary-General (ITU) becomes apparent in the wake of tough competition. However, Saleck believes that the global telecommunications arena is rife with opportunities and that purposeful participation of women leaders from developing countries must be rendered in all areas of telecommunications development, to help contribute fresh perspectives and specialized insights in ICT and national developmental needs. She also feels that ITU encourages the participation of women leaders in carrying out top-level decision-making that could positively impact the very future of the world, and it would be a value addition to the agenda of ITU to create opportunities for aspiring women leaders, who have first-hand knowledge and hands-on experience in enabling ICT development in the developing Member States of the Union.

Dr. Fatimetou Mohamed-Saleck

Fatimetou seeks votes of confidence from all Member States and feels that her election as the next Deputy Secretary-General of ITU will help fortify the fact that, globally, women's population is an important resource, and by encouraging women's participation in global decision-making, new means and approaches in human progress can be realized.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations' global telecoms agency, is responsible for addressing current and emerging issues that concern the global use of radio spectrum, enabling international cooperation on and improvement of telecoms infrastructure in the world, and realizing the development of technical standards in communications, and is undergoing a change in its leadership for the next 4 years.

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