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Gabon to host world-leading symposium for global ICT regulatory community


Geneva, 20 April, 2015 – Media accreditation is open for ITU’s annual Global Symposium for Regulators, the world’s pre-eminent gathering of the global ICT regulatory community.

Taking place from 9-11 June in Libreville at the invitation of the Government of Gabon, the symposium welcomes world-class speakers with a dynamic programme focused around the hot topics challenging today’s ICT regulators. It will be chaired by Mr Lin Mombo, President of the Autorité de Régulation des communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), and hosted under the Patronage of H.E. Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Republic of Gabon.

The year’s programme includes compelling discussions and debates around:

  • ‘mobile money’ – the emerging world of digital financial services
  • the ‘Internet of Everything’ – challenges and opportunities
  • innovative strategies to promote digital inclusion and e-accessibility
  • taxation and the digital economy
  • network-sharing business models
  • the impact of regulation on broadband uptake
  • investment strategies
  • interoperability in the digital ecosystem

The first two days of the symposium comprise the Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID, 9-10 June), and are open to regulators, policy makers and members of ITU’s Development Sector. The third day (11 June) is a closed session open to regulators and policy makers only. The morning session on Tuesday 9 June is open to media, culminating in a press conference at the end of the morning’s programme. A number of interesting pre-event sessions on 8 June are also planned and open to media.

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 Friday 5 June and there will be no accreditation onsite.


Global Symposium for Regulators


9-11 June 2015. Open to media on 9 June until 13:30.

Press conference: Tuesday 9 June


Libreville, Gabon: Stade de l’Amitié


Mind the Digital Gap: Regulatory Incentives to Achieve Digital Opportunities

Regulatory agency leaders and top government policy makers from around the world will debate the challenges and opportunities around promoting greater digital inclusion


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, ARCEP President Mr Lin Mombo and other leading dignitaries.

Media Information

Accreditation is essential for media and industry analysts to participate onsite. Accreditation closes on Friday 5 June. Accredit here.

Follow the event on Twitter at: #GSR15.

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For more information, please visit www.itu.int/GSR15 or contact:


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
Media accreditation enquiries

telephone +41 22 730 5424
email pressreg@itu.int  

At ARCEP Gabon

Victor Missanda

Head of Communication

telephone +241 732 0476
email landjifils@yahoo.fr 

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