High-Level Track

20–21 March

The WSIS Forum builds upon the outcomes of the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes (UNGA Resolution 70/125), which recognized the necessity of holding this Forum on an annual basis and called for a close alignment between WSIS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes. The WSIS Forum will therefore serve as a key forum for discussing the role of ICTs as a means of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, with due regard to the global mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).

The high-level track will consist of the opening segment, high-level policy sessions, ministerial round table, and a high-level networking programme. Policy statements will be delivered during the high-level policy sessions by high-ranking officials of the WSIS Stakeholder community, representing Government, Private Sector, Civil Society, Academia and International Organizations. The high-level policy sessions will be moderated by high-level track facilitators and will be grouped around different themes identified as important by the WSIS Stakeholders during the open consultation process.

High-Level Participants Speaking Slot Request Form

Chairman Designate

H.E Eng. Majed Sultan Al Mesmar

Deputy Director General, Telecommunication Sector, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), United Arab Emirates

High-Level Track Facilitators

The high-level policy sessions will be moderated by High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTFs) nominated and identified by each stakeholder type i.e Private Sector, Civil Society, Technical/ Academic community and International Organizations. The main task of the HLTF is to capture the vision, Identify emerging trends, opportunities and challenges shared by the leaders of their session.

The concluding session of the High-level Track will take place on the 21 March. During the concluding session the WSIS Forum 2018 Chairman will provide an Executive Summary, giving a platform for all the HLTFs to submit the outcomes of their respective policy session. These will be captured in a publication entitled “WSIS Forum 2018: Policy Statements and Executive Brief”.

High-Level Participants

(Ministerial Level and Heads of Regulatory Authorities)
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Minister of Digital Economy and Communication, Ministry of Digital Economy and Communication
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Mr. Germán Arias
Director Ejecutivo, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones de Colombia
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H.E. Mr. Ahmet Arslan
Minister, Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications
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H.E. Mr. Shahzad Aryobee
Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies
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H.E. Mr. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi
Minister of ICT, The Ministry of ICT
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
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H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye BALDE
Minister of Communication, Telecommunications, Posts and Digital Economy, Ministry of Communication, Telecommunications, Posts and Digital Economy
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Mr. Ozias Bvute
Board Chairman, Postal and Telecomunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe
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H.E. Ms. Maria-Manuela Catrina
Minister Secretary of State, Ministry of Communication and Informational Society
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Mr. Marcin Cichy
President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE)
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Mr. Gabriel Oswaldo Contreras Saldívar
Federal Telecommunications Institute
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H.E. Mr. Marios Demetriades
Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works
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Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technologies and Digitalization, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications, Technologies and Digitalization
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H.E. Mr. Abdi Ashur Hassan
Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology
Somali (Democratic Republic)
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H.E. Mr. Rashid Ismailov
Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation
Russian Federation
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H.E. Mr. Nasrollah Jahangard
Iran ICT Vice Minister for Technology and Innovation, Iran ICT Ministry
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
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Mr. Rossen Jeliazkov
Chairman, Communications Regulation Commission
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H.E. Mr. Ismir Jusko
Minister of Communications and Transport, Ministry of Communications and Transport of BiH
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Dr. Alpha B. S. Kanu
Minister of Information and Communication, Ministry of Information and Communication
Sierra Leone
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Mr. Leong Keng Thai
Deputy Chief Executive, Infocomm Media Development Authority
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H.E. Ms. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan
Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication
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H.E. Mr. Bruno Nabagne KONE
Minister of Communications, Digital Economy and the Post, Government Spokeman, Ministry of Communications, Digital Economy and the Post
Côte d'Ivoire
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Ms. Yolanda Martinez Mancilla
Chief of National Digital Strategy, Government of Mexico - Office of the Presidency
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Prof. Konstantinos Masselos
Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission
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H.E. Mr. Seyedna Ali Mohamed Khouna
Ministre de l'Emploi, de la Formation Professionnelle et des TIC, Ministère de l'Emploi, de la Formation Professionnelle et des TIC
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Prof. Allam Mousa
Minister of Telecom & Information Technology, Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology
State of Palestine
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Mr. Jaromír Novák
Chairman of Council, Czech Telecommunication Office
Czech Republic
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H.E. Mr. David Ocampos
Minister Executive Secretary, The National Secretariat for Information and ConmunicationTechnologies of Paraguay
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H.E. Mr. Karol Okonski
Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Digital Affairs
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H.E. Mr. Emery Okundji Ndjovu
Ministre des Postes, Télécommunications et TIC, Ministère des Postes, Télécommunications et Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication
Democratic Republic of the Congo
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H.E. Ms. Hadja Fatimata OUATTARA/SANON
Ministre du Développement de l'économie numérique et des postes, Ministère du Développement de l'économie numérique et des postes
Burkina Faso
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H.E. Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Minister for Communications+, Ministry of Communications
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H.E. Mr. Nikolaos Pappas
Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media, Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media
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H.E. Mr. Jean de Dieu Rurangirwa
Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MiTEC)
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Dr. Ömer Fatih SAYAN
President of the Authority & Chairman of the Board, Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey, Information and Communication Technologies Authority of Turkey
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Mr. Thomas Schneider
Ambassador and Director of International Affairs, Federal Office of Communications OFCOM
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Mr. Dan Sjöblom
Director General, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
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Mr. Robert Strayer
Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
United States of America
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H.E. Mr. Masahiko Tominaga
Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, JAPAN
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H.E. Mr. Tjekero Tweya
Honourable Tjekero Tweya, Minister of ICT NAMIBIA, Government
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H.E. Mr. Elmir Velizade
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan
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H.E. Mr. Leonid Yevdochenko
Chairman, State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine