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ITU Telecom World 2016 in Bangkok looks to digital
economy and SMEs
Exhibition, networking and debates to explore collaboration in the digital
Geneva, 7 March 2016 –ITU Telecom World 2016, the leading UN
global technology event, will take place this year in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14
to 17 November 2016. The focus will be on the most effective ways to grow our
digital ecosystem and the key role SMEs play in the process.
ITU Telecom World 2016 combines 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.
“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,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “Holding
this event in Bangkok adds value, as the city is at the centre of a fast-growing
digital economy and is an important strategic gateway to the ASEAN countries and
the wider South East Asian region.”
The exhibition will showcase digital solutions and investment opportunities
from nations, regions, organizations 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 recognize 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 organizations, consultants, entrepreneurs, media and academia.
- Full details of opportunities at ITU Telecom World 2016 are
- Information on how to take part in the exhibition is
- Details on the Forum are available
For more information, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU