The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is pleased to advise that His Excellency Leon R. Williams, Non – Resident Ambassador to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), presented his credentials to His Excellency Houlin Zhao, Secretary – General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 during a courtesy call.

The Secretary General and Ambassador Williams discussed matters of mutual interest between the organization, The Bahamas, and the Americas region. The Bahamas has a longstanding relationship with the (ITU) having been a member since 1974 and a member of the (ITU) council 2019-2023 term for the Americas region

As an expert in telecommunications, Ambassador William`s brings his wealth of experience to the position having served as the former Chief Executive Officer of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) and elected twice to serve as Chairman of CANTO, an association made up of Information Telecommunication Technology (ICT`s) for the telecommunication sector in the Caribbean and Americas region.

The Ambassador was accompanied by Mrs. Mavis Collie, International and Government Relations Advisor at the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) and Ms. Kristie Russell, Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in Geneva, Switzerland.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations Agency which specializes in Information Communication Technologies, ICTs.  It promotes innovation, accessibility, and inclusion by setting rules and regulations which governs the following:

  • the allocation of global radio spectrum and satellite orbits;
  • the development of technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect.
  • policies and programmes to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.


9 March 2022

Nassau, The Bahamas