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ITU Telecom World 2013 presents agenda at opening press conference

Industry leaders to debate “Embracing Change in a Digital World”


Bangkok, 18 November 2013 – The opening press conference for ITU Telecom World 2013, the leading platform for debate, networking and knowledge-sharing in the global information and communication technology (ICT) community, is being held today in Bangkok, Thailand.

Introducing the event will be Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the event organizer; Group Captain Anudith Nakornthap, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Thailand, representing the host country; and Mr Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo, representing the ICT industry and Qatar as host of ITU Telecom World next year in December.

ITU Telecom World 2013 opens its doors from 19 to 22 November 2013, welcoming key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including ministers, regulators, industry CEOs from across the entire ICT ecosystem, thought-leaders, consultants, academics and digital innovators.

As the commercial hub of the emerging region of South East Asia and gateway to the fast-growing ASEAN region, Bangkok provides the ideal standpoint from which to explore the seismic changes taking place in the industry and in our lives.

Under the central theme of "Embracing Change in a Digital World", ITU Telecom World 2013 will focus on five central topics: changes in the way people communicate with each other, the need for new business models in a data-centric era, shifting industry dynamics, changes in technology and the need for new regulatory and standardization approaches.

The event will feature a world-class forum of interactive debate, a lively showfloor showcasing products, technologies and investment opportunities from around the world and a range of networking events and occasions. The showfloor will also host the InnovationSpace, where the finalists of the ITU Young Innovators’ Competition will demonstrate their winning technology-based solutions to developmental challenges, and The Lab, showing the future in action from robotics to wearable tech and 3D printing.

“ITU Telecom World 2013 is the one conversation that matters,” said Dr Touré. “It matters because it brings together the right people from industry and government to debate the topics shaping the ICT sector, and indeed the world – making the connections that can enable us to harness the power of new technologies for the benefit of all world citizens, wherever they are.”

Complete ITU Telecom World 2013 programme at: http://world2013.itu.int/event/programme/

Webcast: http://world2013.itu.int/event/webcast/

Video: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpoIPNlF8P2PpyXYDRaWq57UMZ0MnIpX_ Photo: www.flickr.com/photos/itupictures/collections/72157630527796340/

Media Information:

Media accreditation for ITU Telecom World 2013, 19-22 November 2013, enabling free access to the event for registered media and analysts is open. Accreditation is compulsory. UN Press accreditation is valid. For accreditation and procedures, please see: www.itu.int/en/Pages/media-accreditation.aspx

For more information, see world2013.itu.int or contact: Media Accreditation enquiries:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 5046
tel +41 79 249 4861
tel sanjay.acharya@itu.int

Soraya Abino Quintana
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