The Leaders Programme offers an exclusive agenda of activities and networking occasions at ITU Telecom World 2017 for the highest-level representatives of governments, corporates and SMEs in the ICT sector. Admission to the Leader Programme is by invitation only. Contact us directly if you have not yet received an invitation and think you may be eligible.
Leaders are registered by ITU. If your participation is confirmed, you should have received your confirmation of registration. Contact us if you have not received confirmation of registration.
Leaders’ spouses & spouse programme
As a Leader pass holder, if your spouse is accompanying you and would like to access the venue, contact us to complete their registration and find out more on the special spouse tours organized by the host country during the event (charges may apply).
Accompanying persons & national delegations
Accompanying persons and members of national delegations must register individually online. Focal points are asked to encourage their delegation members to complete their registration prior to the event.
Focal points should have received registration codes and discount codes. If this is not the case, contact us.
If you are a delegation member and have received a registration code from your focal point, click here to register.
For last-minute registration at the event, delegation members must have their registration code and the contact details of their focal point. You are reminded that discount codes are valid until 20 September 2017.
How to collect your pass
Badges can only be collected after registration is completed online (or by ITU in the case of Leaders only) or at the registration desks onsite.
All badges must be collected personally as a photograph will be taken and printed on the badge for access control security. All badges are strictly non-transferable.
For Leader pass holders only, an authorized focal point may collect the Leader pass on behalf of the Leader if an ID photograph of the Leader and the name of the focal point have been provided to us in advance. The photograph must be 500 kb maximum, in jpg, png or gif format, passport style (portrait), in colour, and taken against a plain or white background. If a suitable photograph and the name of the focal point collecting the badge are not provided in advance, Leaders must collect their own badges in person.
Leader registration desks are located on the ground floor of Exhibition Center I in BEXCO, close to the entrance to Hall 1 (click here to view the map). Opening times are as follows:
Transport & Accommodation
Visas to enter the Republic of Korea
All participants are requested to obtain their own valid travel documents, such as passport and visas, for travel to Busan.
More information on visa requirements is available here.
The event will be held at the Busan Exhibition & Convention Center (BEXCO), located in the Haeundae Beach district of Busan. BEXCO is a 45 minute drive from Gimhae International Airport, and a 30 minute drive from Busan Train Station.
Accommodation in Busan
A full list of official hotels in Busan and details on how to reserve hotel rooms is available here.
Transport in Busan
For all participants
The venue is served by a range of public transportation services. In addition, a free shuttle bus service will run at regular times throughout the event between the official hotel areas and the venue. More information can be found here.
The Government of the Republic of Korea will extend courtesy transport to Ministers between Gim-hae international airport, hotels and the venue. Ministers should have received an invitation to RSVP with arrival and departure details. If you have not received the RSVP email please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Leader is entitled to one (1) vehicle pass allowing parking at the venue. Vehicle passes will be provided at the Leaders Registration Desk onsite upon request. Click here to view the location of the parking area.
The table below highlights the key sessions and social events of particular relevance to Leader pass holders from the complete ITU Telecom World 2017 Programme. Time is also allowed for bilateral meetings, visiting the exhibition and attendance at other Forum sessions or networking events. Please check the table regularly to keep up-to-date with changing times and locations, and to see any new additions.
Our Forum team will contact any Leader pass holders with a speaking role at the event to confirm all associated arrangements. Contact the team directly with any questions you may have.
All Ministers are invited to speak in the Ministerial Roundtable. As session allocations will be made on a “first-come, first-served” basis, please contact the Forum team at your earliest convenience to confirm your interest in speaking in the roundtable. Click here to download the concept note with detailed information on the Ministerial Roundtable.
A number of events in the table below are marked with an asterisk *. To secure your place in these events, please sign up via the digital RSVP which you should have received. If you have not received the Leader RSVP email, please contact email@example.com.
ITU Telecom World 2017 Programme Highlights
|Day||Times||Session/Social event||Location||Open to|
|Sunday 24 September||16:30-18:00||Busan Smart City tour *||Pick up from hotels||Ministers only|
|18:15-19:15||ITU Ministerial Consultative Meeting *||Orchid Room, Westin Chosun Hotel||Ministers only|
|19:15 onwards||ITU Telecom World 2017 Ministerial Dinner *||Rose Room, Westin Chosun Hotel||Ministers only|
|Monday 25 September||10:00-11:00||VIP Tour of the Exhibition||Exhibition||Ministers only|
|11:00-12:00||Opening Ceremony *||Auditorium||All Leaders|
|12:30-13:45||Leaders Lunch *||Room 107-110||All Leaders|
|13:45-14:30||Ministers Tour of the Exhibition||Exhibition||Ministers only|
|14:45- 18:00||Leadership Summit||Room 205||All Leaders|
|18:00 onwards||Welcome Reception *||Grand Ballroom 301||All Leaders|
|Tuesday 26 September||09:00 -10:15||Smart ABC Cross-Sectoral Debate: AI for Smarter Citizens in Smarter Cities||Room 203||All Leaders|
|10:00-11:00||Ministers Tour of the Exhibition (2)*||Exhibition||Ministers only|
|10:45 – 12:00||Smart ABC Cross-Sectoral Debate: Data-driven Financial Innovation||Room 203||All Leaders|
|11:00-12:15||Ministerial Roundtable||Room 201-202||All Leaders|
|12:30-14:00||Networking Lunch with Senegal||Room: 107-110||All Leaders|
|13:15 – 14:30||Smart ABC Cross-Sectoral Debate : Safe, Smart and Inclusive Finance for Citizens||Room 203||All Leaders|
|14:00-15:00||Ministers Tour of the Exhibition (3)*||Exhibition||Ministers only|
|14:45-16:00||Ministerial Roundtable||Room 201-202||All Leaders|
|16:45-18:00||Ministerial Roundtable||Room 201-202||All Leaders|
|17:00-18:00||Happy Hour (sponsored by Subah Holding Company Limited)||LeaderSpace||All Leaders|
|Thursday 28 September||14:00-15:40||ITU Telecom Awards Ceremony *||Room 103-104-105||All Leaders|
|16:00-17:00||Farewell Reception *||Room 107-110||All Leaders|
LeaderSpace and Meeting Facilitation
The LeaderSpace is an exclusive lounge for Leader and Executive pass holders only. It offers a relaxing area for informal meetings, a bar serving beverages and light snacks, and three private meeting rooms (boardroom style, one for 16 persons, 2 for 8 persons), which may be booked via the Concierge Service.
Leaders may also access the LeaderSpace accompanied by one (1) non-Leader pass holder.
|Opening days/times||For meeting & relaxation||Happy Hour|
|Monday 25 September||12:00 - 18:00||/|
|Tuesday 26 September||10:00 - 18:00||17:00 - 18:00|
|Wednesday 27 September||10:00 - 18:00||/|
|Thursday 28 September||10:00 - 15:00||/|
Bilateral meeting facilitation
As part of the Concierge Service, we offer to assist Leaders in arranging bilateral meetings during the event. Contact us with the name of the companies, countries and individuals that you would like to meet, and we will do our very best to meet your request.
Meeting room booking
Meetings can be arranged at the LeaderSpace either in the open meeting area or in one of the three private meeting rooms.
Both options are available on a “first-come-first-served” basis. Private meeting rooms can be booked for up to one (1) hour.
Please submit your booking request stating the date and time of the meeting, the number of participants, and contact details of the organizer of the meeting.
The event mobile app
Available across all mobile platforms, tablets and PCs, the Event App allows you to network and interact with other participants during the event – and to continue the conversations afterwards, too. As a registered participant in ITU Telecom World 2017, you are listed as an attendee in the App and should have received a welcome email with details on how to download the App. Should you wish to remove your name or the name of a Leader pass holder from the list of attendees available on the App, contact us.
If you are a focal point, please make sure that you have communicated the email address of the head of your delegation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, your head of delegation will not receive the App welcome email and will not be able to download and use the App.
The Concierge Service is an exclusive point of contact providing assistance to Leader pass holders on all issues relating to your participation in the event, including visa and transport inquiries, meeting facilitation and room booking.
The Concierge Service can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by phone at +41 (0) 22 730 5886 or 5437. During the event, you can also come to the Welcome Desk in the entrance to the LeaderSpace.
Remember to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your Safe Sender List.
Logistical arrangements for Ministers
Full access to the VIP lounge at Busan international airport will be granted to Ministers on a complimentary basis.
Logistical arrangements for all Leaders
A full list of official hotels in Busan and details on how to reserve hotel rooms is available here.
Please note that ITU is unfortunately unable to book hotel rooms on behalf of any other organization.
However, a limited number of fellowships are available for ITU Member State Administrations in Low Income Countries (LICs) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), dependent on application criteria. For more information, please contact the ITU fellowship service.
The deadline to apply for fellowships for ITU Telecom World 2017 has now passed.
Registration and access passes
ITU will then register them for a Leader pass and issue confirmation of registration. Leader passes grant access to the Opening Ceremony and Leadership Summit on Monday 25 September, to the Forum, the Exhibition, the LeaderSpace lounge and to a wide range of social events and networking occasions.
Further instructions will be communicated to Member State focal points by email. If you are a Member State focal point and have not received this communication, please contact us.
If you are a Member State delegate, please contact your focal point.
Please remember that, with the exception of Leader pass holders, all participants in ITU Telecom World 2017 must complete their individual registration either online or at the registration desks onsite.
For more information on registration, click here.
Leaders may collect their badge personally at the Leader registration desk, or an authorized focal point may collect their pass on their behalf if the Leader ID photograph and the name of the focal point have been provided to us in advance.
For more information on badge collection and opening times of the Leaders registration desk, click here.
For security reasons ITU cannot accept photographs submitted in advance for non-Leader pass holders under any circumstances. Badges will not be issued even if authorized focal points present photographs of the delegation members and have corresponding ID cards.
Badges must be collected personally as a photograph will be taken and printed on the badge. Individual ID cards should also be presented at the time of badge collection.
For more information on badge collection, click here.
1) Contact email@example.com to receive the list of Leaders whose participation in the event is confirmed.
2) Provide firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the companies, countries and individuals you would like to meet, stating: date and time of the meeting, number of participants, contact details of the organizer of the meeting and a brief text introducing their meeting.
3) ITU will then reach out to focal points in the respective organizations to facilitate contact so that meeting arrangements can be established.
For more information, click here.
PR and Media
Leaders are invited to share expert views and opinions, best practices and strategic visions in an exclusive ITU Telecom video interview filmed at our onsite TV studio. Interviews will be posted on the event web page, ITU Telecom YouTube channel, and across ITU’s social media channels; you are also encouraged to share the videos on your own platforms. Contact us for more details and to schedule an interview.
Meet the press
To take part in media interviews or offer comments to the press, get in touch with our PR team. If you provide the name and contact details of a focal point within your organization responsible for press matters, our PR Team will also contact you should an appropriate opportunity arise.
Please note that ITU cannot guarantee interviews or media coverage.
Your accompanying media
If media are accompanying your delegation and can provide the required credentials, apply for media accreditation here.
Media and communications officers accompanying delegations do not fall under the category of media and should register in the same way as other members of your delegation – by using one of your quota of courtesy passes or by purchasing an additional pass.