The Zimbabwean government which is currently attending the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council Meeting in Geneva has expressed interest and announced its candidate, Mr Cosmas Zavazava for the top post as the ITU Development Bureau Director.
The top influential post, if awarded, will see Zimbabwe driving the critical global telecommunication union sector.
The Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication and ICT equipment and networks in developing countries.
Speaking on behalf of the ICT minister, Hon Chris Mushowe the Information and Publicity minister, who had a high Zimbabwean delegation with him said that Zimbabwe was very confident of the candidate to deliver the job as he is well experienced and hands on for years with the ITU business and strategies.
ITU-D is required to discharge the Union’s dual responsibility as a United Nations specialized agency and executing agency for implementing projects under the United Nations development system or other funding arrangements, so as to facilitate and enhance telecommunication/ICT development by offering, organizing and coordinating technical cooperation and assistance activities.
Since 2001, Cosmas Zavazava has been passionately designing and implementing ICT projects for both sustainable development and public safety of ITU Member States. He has a track record in high-level negotiations, resource mobilization and publishing.
He writes of the use of ICT to address the unique needs of least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, Small Island Developing States, developing countries in general, and disaster risk reduction and management. He is currently working on solutions to mitigate the Ebola disease and epidemics in general through ICT including harvesting big data.
He has spoken at many international conferences to include the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries that was held in Istanbul, Turkey in May 2011, the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in August 2014, the Third United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March 2015.
Dr Cosmas Zavazava is a PhD, LLM holder in Telecommunication and Information Technology Law, MA (summa cum laude), MBA, BBA, Dipl. Telecommunications and Systems Engineering.