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Top speakers from global ICT policy community to meet in
Egypt to debate tomorrow’s tech opportunities and challenges


Geneva, 11 April 2016 – Leading technologists and policy experts from industry, ICT regulators, government and the global ‘ICT for development’ community will meet in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, next month to discuss how to best harness new developments in the fast-changing information and communication technology sector. 

ITU’s annual Global Symposium for Regulators (11-14 May), widely recognized as the world’s pre-eminent gathering of the global telecoms regulatory community, will feature compelling debates on a wide range of topical issues, including:

  • Artificial intelligence, smart sensors & smart networks
  • The ‘Internet of Things’ and M2M communications
  • Privacy, trust and cybersecurity
  • Digital entrepreneurship

On 11 May a special pre-event Global Dialogue on Digital Financial Inclusion, organized by ITU in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), the Government of Egypt and other partners, will look at the enormous development potential of bringing access to banking services to the estimated two billion ‘unbanked’ people worldwide.

View the programme for the Global Dialogue on Digital Financial Inclusion.

View the full GSR-16 provisional programme.

Watch ITU and NTRA Egypt promotional videos on the GSR-16 event.

Journalists are encouraged to accredit now to attend this globally-recognized symposium. Formal accreditation prior to the event is essential to gain access to the venue.

Accreditation will close on Monday 9 May and there will be no accreditation onsite.


Global Symposium for Regulators


11 - 14 May 2016. Media may attend the full-day session on Digital Financial Inclusion on 11 May, and the Opening Day debates on 12 May until 13:30. The event is not open to media on 13 & 14 May.


Maritim Jolie Ville International Congress Centre, Sharm el-Sheikh



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Regulatory agency leaders and top government policy makers from around the world will engage in compelling the debates on hot issues.



Leaders from the global regulatory community, industry bodies and the private sector, including ITU Secretary-General Mr Houlin Zhao, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr Brahima Sanou, and other leading dignitaries.

Media Information

Accreditation is essential for media and industry analysts to participate onsite. Accreditation closes on Monday 9 May.
Accredit here.

Follow the event on Twitter at: #GSR16.

For more information, please visit www.itu.int/GSR16 or contact:

At ITU: Media accreditation enquiries:
Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations & Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 6135
tel +41 79 599 1439
email sarah.parkes@itu.int  
Soraya Abino Quintana
telephone +41 22 730 5424
email pressreg@itu.int  
At NTRA Egypt:
Samar Sobeih
telephone +20 (2) 3534 4259
email samars@tra.gov.eg  

Twitter: www.itu.int/twitter hashtag: #GSR16

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