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