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Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium
Developing Skills for t​he Digital Economy and Society
18 to 20 June 2018
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic​​

What is CBS?

The ITU Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium (CBS) is the main global event for capacity development in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The Symposium brings together stakeholders from across the world to discuss trends and developments in the sector and their implications for capacity building and human skills development. Drawing on a global network of expertise from different regions and stakeholders, a major objective of CBS is to strengthen collaboration between ITU, the business sector, the academic community and other partners in developing capacities for the digital future.

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CBS attracts participants from countries worldwide, as well as from regional and international organisations. Panellists include high-level officials from Governments, Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities, international and regional organisations and private sector companies, representatives from Universities and research institutions and other experts in ICT capacity building. Several thought leaders from the academic community are expected to make presentations at the Symposium.


The outcomes of the Symposium will provide strategic guidance to the national and international community, including ITU, on capacity building and skills development in the digital era, and on strengthening collaboration among the global ICT capacity building community. This will directly contribute to the achievement of the SDGs across all development sectors. For universities and other training providers, the Symposium provides a forum to gauge the needs of the market in terms of training and skills development in the field of ICT, and helps them shape their training and delivery programmes.