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ITU Telecom World 2016 focuses on digital economy, SMEs

ITU Telecom World 2016 focuses on digital economy, SMEs

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2016 will focus on the most effective ways to grow our digital ecosystem and the key role SMEs play in the process.

According to the ITU, the event will combine a global technology exhibition, a forum for sharing knowledge, a networking hub for corporates, governments and SMEs and a prestigious awards programme. It provides a unique international platform bringing together developed and emerging markets, public and private sector leaders, and industry representatives from across the entire ICT ecosystem.

Houlin Zhao of China was today elected new Secretary-General of ITU
Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of ITU

“By emphasizing the importance of collaboration throughout the digital economy, ITU Telecom World 2016 will highlight the roles of multiple stakeholders from government and industry, including the small and medium businesses that are key to driving innovation and ensuring sustainable, inclusive economic growth,” ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao says.

The exhibition is expected to showcase digital solutions and investment opportunities from nations, regions, organisations and companies and include both emerging and developed markets. It will focus on bringing high-growth SMEs, particularly from emerging markets, to the international stage.

A world-class programme of interactive forum debates will address the issues defining the ICT industry today on the theme of “Collaborating in the Digital Economy.” Expert speakers will explore new partnerships and new opportunities in the digital economy, including establishing meaningful and affordable universal access, working together on new technologies such as 5G and the Internet of Things, and how the ICT sector can make a business case for meeting the UN sustainable development goals.

The ITU Telecom World Awards will recognise excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact from SMEs and corporates alike. Targeted networking opportunities, events and tools will connect SMEs with ministers, regulators, industry CEOs, UN organisations, consultants, entrepreneurs, media and academia, ITU says.

The event will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from November 14 to 17, 2016.

Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929

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