The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has thrown its weight behind Zimbabwe’s candidate for the top post as International Telecommunication Union (ITU) bureau director Dr Cosmas Zavazava with expectations that he will be pivotal to driving African telecommunication issues at a global scale.

He carries Africa’s hope to continue driving the global telecommunication sector currently spurred by Mr Brahima Sanou of Burkina Faso. 

Dr Zavazava’s candidature received a major boost after SADC announced that it was fully behind him as he competes for the top post at the ongoing ITU meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

SADC’s confirmation becomes the latest endorsement on Dr Zavazava after Asia, and the African Union threw their weight behind his candidature.

During the meeting, Dr Zavazava presented his vision to develop telecommunications infrastructure especially for vulnerable communities.

The platform also presented an opportunity for Zimbabwe to articulate its revamped status towards an open business.

The telecommunications sector is one of the pillars identified as a pivotal enabler for socio-economic development particularly for African nations that have become more susceptible to the effects of climate change.