Our world-class programme of interactive debate, informed opinion and expert speakers from public and private sectors, developed and developing markets, explores the key issues shaping the ICT industry.

How can we expand and enhance the digital economy? Drive sustainable ICT growth in emerging and developed markets? Extend the socio-economic benefits of ICTs? Foster SME and startup growth in innovation ecosystems? And adapt regulation, policy and strategy for new technologies such as 5G, IoT, AI and automation?

These are the issues at the heart of the Forum debates at ITU Telecom World 2017.

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit at ITU Telecom World 2017 brings together ministers, regulators and private sector representatives at the highest level in an exciting, informative agenda of debate, presentations and workshops – setting the scene for the Forum discussions that follow.

Forum - leadership summit

Session formats


Forum - keynotes

Thought-leadership and international perspectives at the highest level as leaders from public and private sectors share key messages and insights.

Panel Sessions

Forum - panel sessions

Experts drawn from public, private and research sectors explore the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, panel sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.


Forum - dialogues

Targeted conversation and knowledge exchange between SMEs and government or industry representatives on frameworks for accelerating ICT innovation.

Plenary Sessions

Forum - plenary sessions

Leaders from government and industry offer their personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on key issues within the ICT industry, kicking off lively debate at plenary sessions open to all participants.


Forum - roundtables

Ministers, regulators or CEOs share experiences, success stories and case studies from the perspective of their countries or organizations to personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on future directions within the ICT industry, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices from across the globe.

Sponsored Sessions

Forum - sponsored sessions

Forum sessions or facilitated workshops organized by ITU but shaped by input and contributions from interested companies, associations or organizations.