Gobal ICT lead­ers to share in­sights at the ITU Tele­com World 2015

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he Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ly­onpo D.N Dhungyel is lead­ing a del­e­ga­tion to at­tend the ITU Tele­com World 2015 from 12-15 Oc­to­ber 2015 in Bu­dapest, Hungary. The CEO of Tashi In­fo­Comm Ltd. is also at­tend­ing the event as part of the Bhutanese del­e­ga­tion.

Bhutan be­came the mem­ber of ITU (In­terna- tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union) in Septem­ber 1988 and since then ITU has been play­ing a crit­i­cal role in Bhutan’s ICT Jour­ney. Till date, over thirty projects and tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance has been re­ceived. ICT pro­fes­sion­als across the gov­ern­ment have ben­e­fit­ted from var­i­ous ca­pac­ity build­ing ini­tia­tives in the form of train­ing, sem­i­nars, work­shops and con­fer­ences. This has helped our ICT pro­fes- sion­als to keep abreast with the de­vel­op­ment in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and ICT sec­tor and there­fore, con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly in shap­ing our ICT land­scape.

The ITU Tele­com World is an im­por­tant global ICT event held an­nu­ally. It is an ex­hi­bi­tion for dig­i­tal so­lu­tions, fo­rum for shar­ing knowl­edge, and a net­work­ing hub for gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try in­clud­ing re­search in­sti­tu­tions and academia. Its aim is to help ideas go fur­ther, faster and to pro­mote the in­no­va­tive, trans­for­ma­tive ICT-en­abled so­lu­tions that will make the world a bet­ter place, sooner.

The rapid pace of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is cre­at­ing new ecosys­tems, play­ers and even in­dus­tries – all hold­ing tremen­dous po­ten­tial. Lead­er­ship Sum­mit, at­tended mainly by the Min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cials from mem­ber coun­tries, is one of the high­lights of the ITU Tele­com World dis­cussing on how best this ICT po­ten­tial can be har­nessed.

The up­com­ing ITU Tele­com World, as in the past, is a con­glom­er­a­tion of Min­is­ters, pol­icy mak­ers, de­ci­sion-tak­ers, strate­gists, and key ICT and in­dus­try play­ers at the high­est level to iden­tify and de­bate the cen­tral is­sues af­fect­ing the in­dus­try – from the ur­gent need to ex­tend ac­cess to the dig­i­tal econ­omy to the 60 per cent of the world cur­rently un­con­nected. It is a plat­form to dis­cuss and foster the con­tri­bu­tion of SMEs in driv­ing tech­ni­cal and eco­nomic in­no­va­tion and the es­tab­lish­ment of dig­i­tal mar­kets. An out­stand- ing lineup of speak­ers span­ning gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try, en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors will also de­bate on how best to ac­cel­er­ate ICT in­no­va­tion, open up the dig­i­tal econ­omy to all the world’s cit­i­zens, and work to­gether to en­able dig­i­tal entrepreneurship as a driv­ing force for so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

In ad­di­tion to shar­ing the unique in­sights of the global ICT lead­ers, the sum­mit will launch the Bu­dapest Call for Ac­tion – a global pledge un­der­lin­ing Min­is­ters’ com­mit­ment to grow­ing dig­i­tal entrepreneurship, ac­cel­er­at­ing so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, and driv­ing real change.

Apart from Sec­re­taries and Se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, over thirty Min­is­ters have con­firmed to at­tend this Sum­mit.

The Min­is­ter will par­tic­i­pate as a speaker in the Min­is­te­rial Round­table and other fo­rums. On the side­line of the event, he is sched­uled to meet the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and other se­nior of­fi­cials of the ITU. The Min­is­ter will also meet Min­is­ters and se­nior of­fi­cials from other mem­ber coun­tries to foster col­lab­o­ra­tion in ICT de­vel­op­ment and fol­low-up on ex­ist­ing pro­grammes.

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