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ITU, Thailand cement agreement to hold next ITU Telecom
event in Bangkok, 14-17 November

Host Country Agreement signed by ITU Secretary-General and Thai
Deputy Prime Minister in high-level ceremony

Geneva, 17 May 2016 – ITU and the government of Thailand today formally confirmed arrangements for the holding of the next ITU Telecom World event in Bangkok this coming November through a special Signing Ceremony led by Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and the Royal Thai Government.

One of the world’s key global ICT events for corporates, governments and SMEs, this year’s ITU Telecom World focus will be on the most effective ways to grow the digital ecosystem and the key role that SMEs can play in this process. The theme echoes the Thai government’s commitment to prioritizing support to enhance local SME competitiveness as a key mechanism in driving national ICT industry growth.

ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao expressed his pleasure that ITU would once again collaborate with the Thai government to organize the event, and praised the country’s strong belief in ICTs as drivers of development, as evidenced by its welcoming ITU Telecom World to Bangkok for the third time in recent years.

“The signing of this agreement builds on a positive history of hosting very successful events together. ITU looks forward to working closely with the Royal Thai Government in the design and delivery of all elements of this year’s event, including content in the Forum debates and on the exhibition show floor,” said Mr Zhao. “I am confident that this year’s event will offer a significant opportunity to move towards the goals of Digital Thailand for the government and people of Thailand, as well as for the wider south-east Asian region.”

Speaking on the signing of the agreement and the government’s ‘Digital Thailand’ goal, Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong said: “The new Host Country Agreement reaffirms the strong commitment between Thailand and ITU to work closely together in creating a global platform for accelerating ICT innovation for social and economic development. This strengthening digital entrepreneurship has moved forward development achievements within a short timeframe. The successful digital transformation of many countries has resulted in formulating my government’s goal of ‘Digital Thailand’.”

Thailand’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Uttama Savanayana, noted that ITU Telecom World 2016 provided “A unique opportunity for policy makers and regulators, industry leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators to come together and exhibit innovative solutions, share knowledge and build constructive partnerships.”

Thares Punsri, Chairman of the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said it was a great honour for the NBTC to co-host ITU Telecom World 2016, adding that he is confident that “All Thai citizens will benefit from the valuable knowledge and technical know-how on state-of-the-art technology, telecommunications, and innovative solutions from both leading national and international organizations and industries.”

Learn more about the many opportunities at ITU Telecom World 2016.

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 6135
mobile +41 79 599 1439
email sarah.parkes@itu.int 

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