Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Ministerial Roundtable: The role of digital technologies during and after the COVID 19 pandemic
Ministerial Roundtable
13:00 - 14:30 CET
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We are living in unprecedented times. Globalization, exponential technological change, climate crisis - and now COVID-19. However, to quote Albert Einstein: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”. Our challenge is use the pandemic as an opportunity to change our societies, environment and lives for the better. The Ministerial Roundtable will bring together ministers, regulators and private sector leaders to examine the significance of connectivity in the light of the global pandemic and explore the future role of digital technologies in national digital strategies. It is also an opportunity for the public and the private sector to exchange views, align supply and demand in connectivity, and define a faster way for economic recovery through collaboration.

The knowledge shared and conclusions drawn within this high-level roundtable will be made available to anyone interested in seeing how the leaders of today define ourchanging digital needs and foresee our digital future.

Questions for ministers:

  • What changes in policies have been/are being pursued as a result of COVID 19?
  • Will national digital strategies need to be adapted going forward as a result of the pandemic – and if so, how?
  • Which industry sectors will governments focus on following the global health crisis?
  • What needs to be done to make digital technologies more accessible and affordable at a national level?

Question for regulators:

  • How has the pandemic transformed regulatory priorities?
  • What single regulatory action will in your opinion advance digitalization and connectivity for all?

Question for private sector executives:

  • What are your company’s priorities to help accelerating economic recovery?
  • What new business opportunities have arisen from the pandemic?
  • How does the pandemic affect your company’s business model - and what changes may have to be made?
  • Which products and services will drive economic uptake, and how will this affect the business models?
Opening Remarks

HOULIN ZHAO

Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Moderator

MALCOLM JOHNSON

Deputy Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Nguyen Manh Hung

Minister

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Viet Nam

Mohamed Maleeh Jamal

Minister of Communication, Science and Technology

Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology

Maldives

Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy

Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy

Nigeria

Iyad al-Khatib

Minister

Ministry of Communications and Technology

Syrian Arab Republic

Pilvi Torsti

State Secretary

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Finland

Mirella Liuzzi

Secretary of State

Ministry of Economic Development

Italy

Isaías Barreto da Rosa

Président du Conseil d'Administration

Agência Reguladora Multissectorial da Economia (ARME)

Cabo Verde

Hossam El-Gamal

Executive President

National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA)

Egypt

Ghazi Al-Jobor

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners and CEO

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC)

Jordan

Battsengel Bolor-Erdene

Chairwoman

Communications and Information Technology Authority (CITA)

Mongolia

Keng Thai Leong

Director-General (International Affairs)

InfoComm Media Development Authority

Singapore

Christopher Wellise

Chief Sustainability Officer

Hewlett-Packard Co.

United States

Bridging the broadband gap: stimulating public and private sectors to connect the unconnected
Forum session
14:30 - 16:00 CET
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The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe has highlighted the critical importance of digital technologies in connecting usfor health, work, education, information and communication at a uniquely stressful and difficult time. It has also clearly exposed the contrasts between connected and unconnected societies and individuals. For many, access to high-speed reliable connectivity, digital tools and skills has been a lifeline enabling work, study and social lives to continue – often with even greater ease andconvenience than before. But for those who have not been able to access, rely on or afford the benefits of digital technologies, the impact of the pandemic has been dramatic. The digital inequality gap is widening. How can governments and private sectors work together with the help of the international community to mobilize resources, invest in network deployment, and provide services and applications to close the digital divide?

• What are the best strategies and policies to reach the unconnected? Do we neednew, more focused business models?
• What are the most cost-effective and/or fit-for purpose new or emerging technologies?
• How can the costs of network deployment, operation and maintenance be cut?
• How can we ensure that new networks complement existing infrastructure?
• Is the current pandemic enough stimulus to drive demand, or are other demand-side initiatives needed? If so, what should they be, and who should be responsible?
• How can we foster the right digital skills and create the most appropriate content to drive awareness, demand and digital literacy?

Moderator

Stewart Dale White

Chief Executive Officer

AKHET Consulting FZ LLE

United Arab Emirates

Panelists

Angela Siefer

Executive Director

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

United States

Thieu Nam

Country Manager

Qualcomm Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

Viet Nam

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Ministerial Roundtable: The role of digital technologies during and after the COVID 19 pandemic
Ministerial Roundtable
13:00 - 14:30 CET
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We are living in unprecedented times. Globalization, exponential technological change, climate crisis - and now COVID-19. However, to quote Albert Einstein: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”. Our challenge is use the pandemic as an opportunity to change our societies, environment and lives for the better. The Ministerial Roundtable will bring together ministers, regulators and private sector leaders to examine the significance of connectivity in the light of the global pandemic and explore the future role of digital technologies in national digital strategies. It is also an opportunity for the public and the private sector to exchange views, align supply and demand in connectivity, and define a faster way for economic recovery through collaboration.

The knowledge shared and conclusions drawn within this high-level roundtable will be made available to anyone interested in seeing how the leaders of today define ourchanging digital needs and foresee our digital future.

Questions for ministers:

  • What changes in policies have been/are being pursued as a result of COVID 19?
  • Will national digital strategies need to be adapted going forward as a result of the pandemic – and if so, how?
  • Which industry sectors will governments focus on following the global health crisis?
  • What needs to be done to make digital technologies more accessible and affordable at a national level?

Question for regulators:

  • How has the pandemic transformed regulatory priorities?
  • What single regulatory action will in your opinion advance digitalization and connectivity for all?

Question for private sector executives:

  • What are your company’s priorities to help accelerating economic recovery?
  • What new business opportunities have arisen from the pandemic?
  • How does the pandemic affect your company’s business model - and what changes may have to be made?
  • Which products and services will drive economic uptake, and how will this affect the business models?
Opening Remarks

Nguyen Manh Hung

Minister

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Viet Nam

HOULIN ZHAO

Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Moderator

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Masayoshi Shintani

State Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Japan

Thansamay Kommasith

Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Communications

Ministry of Post and Telecommunications

Lao P.D.R.

Paola Vega Castillo

Minister

Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones

Costa Rica

Mercedes Aramendia

President

Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC)

Uruguay

Frédéric Genta

Country Chief Digital Officer

Ministère d'Etat

Monaco

Amir Azeem Bajwa

Chairman

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Pakistan

Iván Antonio Mantilla Gaviria

Vice minister of connectivity and digitalization

Ministerio de Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones

Colombia

Vitalie Tarlev

State Secretary for ICT

Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova

Moldova

Allyson West

Minister

Ministry of Public Administration and Digital Transformation (MPADT)

Trinidad and Tobago

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises, Public Service and Communications

Ministry of Communications

Fiji

Johnny Gerard Plate

Minister

Ministry of Communications and Informatics

Indonesia

Julie Welch

Vice President, Government Affairs, APAC

Qualcomm (Hong Kong, China)

China

D. Roberto Sánchez

Secretario de Estado

Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones e Infraestructuras Digitales

Spain

Ali Naser Al-Khwildi

Chief Executive Officer

Communications and Media Commission (CMC)

Iraq

Entering the 5G era: demand, deployment, and disquiet
Forum session
14:30 - 16:00 CET
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We have entered the era of 5G. Its unprecedented potential to power the digital economy and transform industries, businesses andsocieties is becoming a reality in different markets and geographies. Which applications are driving demand and adoption at present?What is 5G’s key value proposition? Who are the main users of networks, services and applications – now, and in the future? What policy or regulatory approaches can promote cross-sector collaboration and encourage investment? How can 5G be employed toaddress basic humanitarian needs, rather than being limited to commercial and industrial growth? And how should industry leaders and policy makers address emerging concerns in areas such as exposure to EMF, privacy issues and network operational costs?

Moderator

Diana TOMIMURA

Spectrum Regulation and Policy Advisor

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Panelist

Mohamed Madkour

VP of Global Wireless Network Marketing

Huawei Technologies

United States

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Ministerial Roundtable: The role of digital technologies during and after the COVID 19 pandemic
Ministerial Roundtable
13:00 - 14:30 CET
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We are living in unprecedented times. Globalization, exponential technological change, climate crisis - and now COVID-19. However, to quote Albert Einstein: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”. Our challenge is use the pandemic as an opportunity to change our societies, environment and lives for the better. The Ministerial Roundtable will bring together ministers, regulators and private sector leaders to examine the significance of connectivity in the light of the global pandemic and explore the future role of digital technologies in national digital strategies. It is also an opportunity for the public and the private sector to exchange views, align supply and demand in connectivity, and define a faster way for economic recovery through collaboration.

The knowledge shared and conclusions drawn within this high-level roundtable will be made available to anyone interested in seeing how the leaders of today define ourchanging digital needs and foresee our digital future.

Questions for ministers:

  • What changes in policies have been/are being pursued as a result of COVID 19?
  • Will national digital strategies need to be adapted going forward as a result of the pandemic – and if so, how?
  • Which industry sectors will governments focus on following the global health crisis?
  • What needs to be done to make digital technologies more accessible and affordable at a national level?

Question for regulators:

  • How has the pandemic transformed regulatory priorities?
  • What single regulatory action will in your opinion advance digitalization and connectivity for all?

Question for private sector executives:

  • What are your company’s priorities to help accelerating economic recovery?
  • What new business opportunities have arisen from the pandemic?
  • How does the pandemic affect your company’s business model - and what changes may have to be made?
  • Which products and services will drive economic uptake, and how will this affect the business models?
Opening Remarks

Nguyen Manh Hung

Minister

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Viet Nam

HOULIN ZHAO

Secretary-General

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Moderator

MARIO MANIEWICZ

Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau

International Telecommunication Union

Switzerland

Speakers

Lina Rainiene

Deputy Director General

Communications Regulatory Authority

Lithuania

Gift Kallisto Machengete

Director General

Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ)

Zimbabwe

Sattar Hashemi

Deputy Minster for Technology and Innovation

Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT)

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Mercy Wanjau

Acting Director General

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)

Kenya

Deepak Balgobin

Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation

Ministry of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation

Mauritius

Cybersecurity and privacy solutions: safeguarding our digital world
Forum session
14:30 - 16:00 CET
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As our increasingly connected digital world expands, so too does our vulnerability to cyber-attack at personal, industrial and national levels. Breaches in security, whether malicious or accidental, can lead to abuse and misuse of data, potentially putting ourfinances, health and personal lives at risk. This is particularly true now that the pandemic has moved so many of our business and social activities online. What role do simple “cyber hygiene” measures have to play in protecting us from cyber threats? Is “cyber immunity” possible – and if so, how can it be implemented? What other tools can we use to mitigate the risks during our online experience? What is the role of government, the private sector, or educational systems? Given the borderless,international nature of data flows, how can we best design and enforce regulations to protect end users and business data? How can global collaboration lead to the adoption of effective cybersecurity measures?

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

The ultimate tech startup guide to international expansion
SME Programme
14:00 - 15:30 CET
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There is no doubting the growing momentum of tech startups. But despite increasing influxes of capital, questions remain on their ability to scale into new markets. This e-masterclass will provide best practices and guidelines to tech startups seeking international expansion. It will address the big challenges underlying successful internationalization and provide insights into how tech startups can create structures to support high growth and develop a successful, executable Go-to-Market Strategy. Experts will presentcase studies of tech startups, sharing their mistakes and successes. This e-masterclass is targeted at tech startups aiming to expand internationally, entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, tech hubs and anyone interested in the growing tech ecosystem.