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Egypt to host prestigious global symposium for
ICT regulatory community


Geneva, 16 March 2016 – Media accreditation is now open for ITU’s annual Global Symposium for Regulators, the world’s pre-eminent gathering of the global ICT regulatory community.

Taking place from 11-14 May at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh at the invitation of the Government of Egypt, GSR-16 will welcome world-class speakers with a dynamic programme focused around the theme of ‘Be Empowered, Be Included: Building Blocks for Smart Societies in a Connected World’. The symposium will be chaired by Mostafa Abd El-Wahed, Acting Chairman of the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA).

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

  • Artificial intelligence, smart sensors & smart networks
  • Digital financial inclusion – the challenges of bringing the unbanked online
  • The regulatory road towards the ‘Internet of Things’ and M2M communications
  • New digital platforms – empowering or enslaving?
  • Privacy, trust and cybersecurity
  • Strategies to encouraging digital entrepreneurship

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 Monday 9 May and there will be no accreditation onsite.


Global Symposium for Regulators


11 – 14 May 2016. Open to media on 12 May until 13:30 only.


Maritim Jolie Ville International Congress Centre,
Sharm el-Sheikh



Be Empowered, Be Included: Building Blocks for
Smart Societies in a Connected World

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, and other leading dignitaries.

Media Information

Accreditation is essential for media and industry analysts to participate onsite. Accreditation closes on Monday 9 May.
Accredit here.

Watch the ITU and NTRA Egypt videos on the GSR-16 event.

Follow the event on Twitter at: #GSR16.

For more information, please visit www.itu.int/GSR16 or contact:

At ITU: Media accreditation enquiries:
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
telephone +41 22 730 5424
email pressreg@itu.int  
At NTRA Egypt:
Samar Sobeih
telephone +20 (2) 3534 4259
email samars@tra.gov.eg  

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