ITU Virtual Digital World 2020 was officially launched with the push of a button, during a vibrant opening ceremony webcast live via the event website. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam, Vu Duc Nam, Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, Viet Nam and included a special video message from Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union.
A distinguished audience at the ceremony comprised Ministers, representatives of diplomatic missions, media and other invited guests. They were able to get a preview of the virtual exhibition, which comprises companies and countries from around the world, including some 3D stands. The ceremony introduced some key themes of the event including the unprecented challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of digital technologies during and after this pandemic, 5G and the digital transformation in Viet Nam. It also highlighted the ITU Digital World name, chosen to underscore the importance of digital technologies in today’s telecoms and ICT ecosystem.