At the 146th session of the BIE General Assembly on November 24, 2009, the President and the Chairmen of the four Committees of the BIE were (re)elected by the member states of the Organization.
His Excellency Mr. Jean-Pierre Lafon, of France, was re-elected as President for his second term. Ambassador Lafon was elected President for the first time by the 142nd session of the BIE General Assembly on November 26, 2007. Prior to his post at the BIE, Ambassador Lafon served as Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2004 and 2006 and as Ambassador of France to China between 2002 and 2004.
Upon re-election, President Lafon thanked the delegates for their renewed confidence and shared his observations as President from the past two years. He also congratulated the Secretary-General and the Secretariat for their work.
For the chairmanship of the four BIE Committees, the following delegates have been (re)elected to the posts:
Executive Committee: Mr. Steen Christensen (Denmark) (re-elected)
Rules Committee: Mr. Necil Nedimoglu (Turkey) succeeds Mr. Ivan Prostakov (Russia)
Mr. Prostakov, at the end of his last task as Chariman of the Rules Committee, said: "I would like to thank the members of the Committee for their work marked by professionalism, competence, and cooperation during these past years. I am grateful to the President, His Excellency Mr. Lafon, and the Secretary-General, Mr. Loscertales, for their moral support and their expertise… I would like to wish the new members of the Committee and all those who will be re-elected or elected for the first time good luck for the work ahead to be accomplished."
Administration and Budget Committee: Mrs. Suraiya Ahmed Butt (Pakistan) succeeds Mr. Laszlo Glatz (Hungary)
Information and Communication Committee: Mr. Staffan Bjorck (Sweden) succeeds Mr. Frédéric Labarrère (Monaco)
Mr. Labarrère, at the end of his last task as Chairman of the Information and Communication Committee, said: "As Chairman of the Committee, I would like to thank the President and the Secretary-General for their support and of course the members of the Committee for their active participation and the steady exchanges we were able to have these past two years. Finally, I wish to thank enthusiastically the Secretariat, who has helped and supported me throughout these two years."
Images from top left: President Lafon, Mr Christensen, Mr Nedimoglu, Mme Butt, Mr Bjorck