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Vanuatu to welcome ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators

Collaborative, 5th-generation regulation aims at getting the remaining 49% of the world online

Geneva, 07 June 2019

​Media registration is now open for ITU's annual Global Symposium for Regulators, the wo​rld's pre-eminent gathering of the global information and communication technology (ICT) regulatory and policy-making community.

With the theme of Inclusive connectivity: The future of regulation, this year's event will be held from 9 to 12 July in Port Vila at the invitation of the Government of Vanuatu. The symposium features specialist speakers and a dynamic programme focused around some of the most challenging topics facing today's tech regulators.

A highlight of the official opening on Wednesday, 10 July will be a Leadership Debate led by Commissioners from the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development focused on 'Getting the Next 3.7 Billion Online'.

Other topics headlining this year's event include the urgent need for a new, collaborative approach to 5th generation regulation, the continuing quest for additional wireless spectrum to support 5G mobile growth, innovative business models to drive infrastructure investment in challenging markets, and consumer protection issues. The event will also feature a special simulation exercise around em​ergency telecommunications.

Technology is evolving fast, and so is the regulatory landscape. ICTs now underpin virtually every economic sector – from agriculture, banking, climate change mitigation, education, e-government and health, to intelligent transport and smart water management systems – making the role of the ICT regulator more crucial than ever. Today, there is almost no economy that does not have its own, independent ICT regulator, managing vital issues and safeguarding and protecting consumers in an increasingly complex policy environment.

The Global Symposium for Regulators is open to regulators, policy-makers and members of ITU's Development Sector. Only the morning sessionon Wednesday, 10 July is open to media participation.

WHAT: Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-19)

WHEN:​ 9 to 12 July 2019. Open to media only on Wednesday, 10 July 2019, from 8:30am-13:30pm. Press conference: Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 12:30pm

WHERE: Port Vila, Vanuatu: Warwick Le Lagon Resort

WHY: Inclusive Connectivity: The Future of Regulation

Regulatory agency leaders and top government policy-makers from around the world will debate the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving ICT environment.

WHO: Leaders from the global regulatory community, policy-makers, industry bodies, academia and the private sector, including ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and the Director of ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau, Doreen Bogdan-Martin.

GSR-19 will be chaired by Mr John Obed Alilee, CEO/Regulator, Telecommunications, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulator of Vanuatu.


Pre-registration is essential for media and industry analysts to participate onsite. Contact Patrick Maigua: The event is only open to media on Wednesday 10 July from 8:30am-13:30pm.

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