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ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 to focus on “Building the digital world. Together.”

Register today for the online tech event for governments, corporates and SMEs

Geneva, 12 October 2020
ITU Digital World 2020 is going online with a three-day programme of virtual exhibitions and debates at the very highest level, taking place from 20 to 22 October 2020. This influential global event will bring together government and industry leaders, including the Prime Minister of Viet Nam, H.E Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to explore the critical role of digital technologies and public-private sector collaboration in the COVID-19 era. Highlights will include:
  • Ministerial Roundtables: Join the Prime Minister of Viet Nam along with ministers from around the world, regulators and top-level representatives from key industry players as they debate "The role of digital technologies during and after the COVID-19 pandemic" – and explore the importance of digital connectivity in national strategies for economic recovery. Key discussion areas include the policy changes that have or are being pursued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; if and how national digital strategies need to be adapted going forward as a result of the pandemic; how the pandemic has transformed regulatory priorities or business opportunities; and company priorities to help accelerate economic recovery.
  • Forum sessions: Convening industry experts from across the digital ecosystem, forum webinars will focus on the policies, technologies and trends driving the digital economy in sessions on Bridging the broadband gap: stimulating public and private sectors to connect the unconnected; Entering the 5G era: demand, deployment, and disquiet; and Cybersecurity and privacy solutions: safeguarding our digital world.
  • Expert insights: Ministerial Roundtable and Forum webinar sessions will feature top name speakers from across governments and industries including: H.E. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister, Viet Nam; Iyad Al Khatib, Minister, Ministry of communication and technology, Syria; Isa Ali Ibrahim, Minister, Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy, Nigeria; Mercedes Aramendia, President, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), Uruguay; Jay Carney, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Amazon Web Services; Patricia Cooper, Vice President, Satellite Government Affairs SpaceX; Julie Garcia Welch, Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Qualcomm; Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, Kaspersky Lab; Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister, Ministry of Information and Communications, Viet Nam; Paola Vega Castillo, Minister, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, Costa Rica; Chris Wellise, Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor and more.
A global online tech exhibition including virtual national pavilions showcasing innovations from Cuba, Cambodia, Finland, Japan, South Africa and Zambia amongst others, key ICT players and high-growth tech SMEs.
WHAT: Registration is now open, free of charge, for ITU Virtual Digital World 2020. Co-organized by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) of Viet Nam and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), it is part of a dynamic online programme ahead of the physical ITU Digital World 2021, taking place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam in Q4 2021. The event will open with a special virtual ceremony in the presence of H.E Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister, Viet Nam. This ceremony will be streamed via webcast.
WHEN: 20-22 October 2020.
WHERE: Virtually. Participants will receive links to sessions via e-mail, after registering, and on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHY: This event offers participants a unique experience to connect and hear from public and private sector experts on driving the digital economy at this time of global pandemic, ad well as explore digital innovations within a virtual exhibition.
WHO: International audience comprising influential figures from across the ICT industry, ICT ministers, regulators and tech experts. The virtual exhibition will showcase innovations from key players and world regions, as well as high-growth Vietnamese SMEs.
Please note that registration for the event is free of charge and open to all. Registration is managed by the Host Country, Viet Nam.