ITU Telecom World 2019, the global tech event was launched in the presence of Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, alongside Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General, Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization, Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, Vietnam, together with high-level government leaders and representatives, regulators and leading industry CEOs.
“Together, I am confident we will be able to expand avenues for cooperation and ICT infrastructure investment, make ICT applications and services more relevant, secure and affordable, and give people the tools and skills they need to navigate and succeed in the digital economy,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, welcoming delegates to ITU Telecom World 2019.
Addressing delegates via a video message, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “There is no doubt: innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and the Internet of Things can help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of all. We must harness the opportunities they bring, while mitigating the risks.”
Speaking on making a new telecom infrastructure ready for a digital economy and a digital society, Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, Vietnam, Host Country for ITU Telecom World 2020 said, “Telecom is now becoming ICT and ICT is becoming a new infrastructure for a digital world. To make this happen, we need more innovations in technology, policy and strategy. This is a long way to go. And we should go together.”
Addressing the auditorium, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, “We are not trying to escape the future, we see the changes that are becoming new challenges for Europe. We do not want to shy away from creating this new world, we want to participate and be winners of this exciting challenge shaping history. We cannot only plan the future, we can realize it as well.”
The event was also marked by the launch of an ITU Telecom World 2019 Commemorative Stamp by Gyorgy Schamschula, CEO, Magyar Posta.
An exhibition of digital solutions, featuring innovative initiatives, SMEs and technologies from across the globe, in National and Thematic Pavilions and independent stands. They feature innovations in areas ranging from Smart ABC (Smart AI, Banking and Cities), 5G, smart agriculture, e-waste management and satellites to smart transport, smart homes, climate change mitigation, pet healthcare, digital finance and many more.
The host country’s Hungary National Pavilion, showcased established tech companies, start-ups, universities and incubators, exploring topics including robotics, AI, blockchain and fintech. Other Pavilions on show will highlight the tech innovations of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa, with special Pavilion “spotlights” highlighting the ICT industries of Angola, Ghana and Indonesia.