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Dubai welcomes ITU Telecom World 2012; Next stop Bangkok

ITU Telecom World 2013 will be hosted by Thailand

Dubai, UAE, 15 October 2012 – ITU Telecom World 2012 got off to a flying start in Dubai with the opening high-level Leadership Summit yesterday, which set the scene for the panel sessions and debates this week.

At a press conference today, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré noted that Dubai is an extremely attractive destination to visit and to do business in; and both exhibitors and Forum speakers at ITU Telecom World are drawn from around the world, from developed and developing countries alike.

“ITU Telecom World 2012 plays a vital role in creating awareness across public and private sectors of the current, irreversible transformation of the ICT industry and the opportunities and challenges it creates,” Dr Touré said. “It is a showcase of new inventions, products and services that will revolutionize the telecommunications and ICT landscape in the future and create new business opportunities even as new technologies, now literally at our fingertips, can eradicate poverty, combat climate change, predict disasters, improve education and agriculture, and provide timely primary healthcare.”

The Chairman of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Mr Mohamed Bin Ahmed Al Qamzi, joined Mr Osman Sultan, CEO of du, one of the UAE's largest telecommunications operators, in welcoming ITU Telecom World 2012 to Dubai.

The Chairman of the ITU Telecom Board, Mr Reza Jafari, joined the hosts in underlining the importance of events such as ITU Telecom World 2012. "Collaborative innovations are the foundation of technological advancements which have characterized human development and transformation. ITU Telecom World events offer a unique platform for the meeting of ideas and perspectives that is increasingly critical to the success of our ecosystem which involves all industry sectors, not just ICT," Jafari said.

ITU Telecom World 2013 to be held in Bangkok

Mr Jafari announced at the press conference that ITU Telecom World 2013 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in autumn next year, continuing ITU Telecom's commitment to annual events based on the principle of geographic rotation.

Mr Nattapong Seetavorarat, Adviser to Thailand’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, welcomed the announcement: “As a state agency designated by the Royal Thai Government, we are honoured that Thailand has been selected to host ITU Telecom World 2013 next year. For Thailand, this event will be an important platform to demonstrate the country’s progress and high potential in the field of information and communication technology, and to promote opportunities for business matching and knowledge sharing at global level, which is fully in line with Thailand’s emerging role as a gateway to the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Having already hosted ITU Telecom Asia in 2008, we are especially delighted therefore to be honoured a second time by ITU. We are fully confident that ITU World Telecom 2013 will be the best ever.”

For more information on ITU Telecom World 2012, visit world2012.itu.int.

Live and archived webcasts of selected ITU Telecom World 2012 sessions are available at: world2012.itu.int.

Follow and participate in the global debates at ITU Telecom World 2012 through Twitter @ITU #ITUWORLD12, through Facebook at www.itu.int/facebook and on LinkedIn here.

Media Information:

ITU Telecom World 2012 is open to media. Accreditation is compulsory. For accreditation and procedures, please see: http://world2012.itu.int/media-accreditation

For more information, see http://world2012.itu.int/ or contact:

Sanjay Acharya

Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU

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Sally Moore


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