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Sunday, 09 September

9:30 - 16:00
ITU Specialized Session

Tenth CTO Meeting


Room 11E

By invitation only.

For more information, please visit: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/tsbdir/cto/Pages/default.aspx.


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Monday, 10 September

9:15 - 10:30
Forum Session

Leapfrogging to 5G?


Room 22

New technologies offer the opportunity for emerging markets to leapfrog developmental stages, unencumbered by legacy networks or outmoded regulatory frameworks. Learning from the experiences of developed markets and investing directly in future infrastructure can accelerate digital inclusion and the creation of smart societies in Africa and beyond. But how feasible is 5G deployment where current infrastructure is limited? What funding or business models can best be harnessed to prepare for 5G and the opportunities it provides? What are the technological, policy and investment barriers – and how can government and industry work together to provide solutions to accelerate development?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. Mario Maniewicz

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Ms. Donna Bethea Murphy

USA

Inmarsat Plc.

Mr. Paris Mashile

South Africa

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumaila

Kenya

African Telecommunications Union

Mr. Ravi Suchak

United Kingdom

American Tower Corporation

Mr. Marc Vancoppenolle

Belgium

Nokia Solutions & Networks Belgium NV


10:00 - 10:45
Networking Event

VIP Tour


An exclusive opportunity to explore the exhibition at ITU Telecom World 2018, highlighting the unique mix of technologies, solutions, sectors and countries across National Pavilions, Thematic Pavilions, Independent Stands, and small to medium tech companies.

By invitation only


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10:30 - 11:00
Networking Event

Networking Break hosted by Bangladesh


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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11:00 - 12:00
Ceremony

Opening Ceremony


The Arena

The official event launch, opening ITU Telecom World 2018 before an audience of event participants and special guests, including Ministers, regulators, C-level industry representatives, exhibitors, Forum speakers and accredited media.

 

Open to all pass categories


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Speaker

Mr. Houlin Zhao

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


12:00 - 12:30
Ceremony

Event Opening Keynotes


The Arena

Thought-leadership, stimulating insights, case studies and international perspectives from high-level representatives of government and industry, addressing the central theme of innovation for smarter digital development to make the world better, sooner.

 

Open to all pass categories


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12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Leaders Lunch


Marquee

Following the first morning of activities at the event, this high-profile networking lunch offers an exclusive opportunity for leaders to connect with fellow delegates from public and private sectors in an engaging social environment.

 

Open to Leader Pass holders


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12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Networking Lunch


Arena Upper Foyer

An opportunity to connect and interact with fellow delegates from government, industry and regulatory bodies in a relaxed socialenvironment.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders on a first-come first-served basis


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13:30 - 14:15
Press Conference

Event Opening Press Conference


Room 11E

The Press Conference brings together major news agencies and influential global, regional and South African media from within the ICT industry. It highlights what to expect during the week, outlining the core themes to be debated and illustrating further how ITU Telecom World 2018 is providing the global platform for governments, corporates and SMEs to explore key questions on innovation for smart digital development. The Press Conference will feature an influential line-up of speakers including the ITU Secretary-General, high-level representatives from the Host Country, South Africa, and key event participants.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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14:15 - 15:30
Forum Session

Forum Summit: Digital everyone


Room 22

Connecting the unconnected half of the world’s population is one of the grand challenges of our time. Access to and inclusion in the digital economy is imperative to driving social and economic development and improving lives everywhere. Innovations in technology, policy, business models and partnerships are stimulating infrastructure deployment and increasing network coverage, reach, speed and volume. But for connectivity to be meaningful, it must be affordable and provide good quality, offering relevant local content and services in local languages, and supported by strong digital education programmes. What innovative technologies or hybrid technological solutions are proving successful? How can partnerships between public, private, civic and academic stakeholders expand last-mile connectivity? How can digital education initiatives help bridge the educational gap and the digital gap in underserved communities? What measures can be adopted to drive adoption, via local content, core government services or public awareness of the benefits of smart societies?How can we facilitate and foster investment in infrastructure and innovation in smart applications and services?​

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders

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Keynote speakers

Mr. Cesar Alierta Izuel

Spain

ProFuturo Foundation

Mr. Houlin Zhao

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Dr. Amani Abou Zeid

South Africa

African Union

H. E. Dr. Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele

South Africa

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Ms. Elisabeth Medou Badang

France

Orange

Mr. Rob Shuter

South Africa

MTN Management Services


14:30 - 17:00
Partner Session

The 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop


Room 12E

Under the theme of “The Road to Mobile Future: Efficient Spectrum, Affordable Technology”, the 8th Spectrum and Technology Workshop will be jointly hosted by International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), China Mobile and Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance (TDIA).

This workshop will bring together delegates from governments, regulators, organizations, operators and industry partners not only to share views on global unified planning of 4G/5G spectrum, evolution from 4G to 5G, affordable 4G/IoT/5G technology and service to bridge the digital gap, but also take deep insight to the market opportunities of Africa to boost the mobile economy

Session Agenda

Open to all pass categories.


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Keynote speakers

Mr. Aji Ed

United Arab Emirates

Nokia

Mr. François Rancy

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Ms. Yuhong Huang

China

China Mobile Research Institute

Mr. Qin Jian

China Mobile Communications Corporation

Mr. Yidun Jin

China

Telecommunication Development Industry Alliance

Mr. Veni Shone

China

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Mr. Abdoulkarim Soumaila

Kenya

African Telecommunications Union


15:30 - 16:00
Networking Event

Networking Break hosted by Bangladesh


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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15:30 - 18:00
ITU Specialized Session

BDT m-Powering Initiative Advisory Board Meeting


Room 12C

The m-Powering Development Initiative is designed to create an action plan and resources to deploy ICT services from m-Health, m-Banking and m-Learning to m-Governance, m-Commerce and other m-services. In doing so, it can cut costs and reshape public service delivery for the better for many millions of individuals, particularly those living in remote or rural areas of the world. ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau is coordinating this initiative with an Advisory Board of eminent senior experts drawn from public and private sectors. The Board’s work will contribute to the successful implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

By invitation only


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16:00 - 17:15
Forum Session

Forum Summit: Beyond connectivity


Room 22

New technologies and applications have enormous potential to radically accelerate human, social and economic development across the world. But technological change at such an exponential rate also brings unexpected challenges and risks, with little time for governments, industry, societies and individuals to prepare for new realities. Real concerns focus on areas such as cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, the AI threat to existing jobs, child online protection, social media manipulation, and the uncertain psychological impact of new technologies. Do we need a multi stakeholder approach combining governments, regulators, ICT industries, major vertical sector leaders, civic groups and academia to explore these issues? How can we prepare for coming changes, ascertain and minimalize the risk of new technologies? What regulatory, policy and ethical frameworks should we establish – and who is best placed to develop them? How can we ensure cybersecurity, digital and civic education, privacy, innovation and ethics are addressed throughout emerging and developed markets alike?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Panelists

Dr. Jacques Bughin

Belgium

McKinsey & Company

Mr. Sipho Maseko

South Africa

Telkom SA SOC Ltd.

H. E. Ms. Nomvula Paula Mokonyane

South Africa

Ministry of Communications

Mr. Jianjun ( Joe Deng ) Zhou

China

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.


17:00 - 18:00
Networking Event

LeaderSpace Happy Hour hosted by Quika


Leader Space

Join international leaders of industry and government in an exclusive, relaxed social gathering following the first day of event activities, hosted by Quika, offering the world’s first free satellite internet service.

Open to Leader Pass and Executive Pass holders


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18:00 - 21:00
Networking Event

Host Country Welcome Reception


The Arena

Hosted by South Africa, the spectacular Welcome Reception offers entertainment, fine dining and high-level networking at the end of the first day of the event, featuring the fascinating colours, culture and natural splendour of the host nation.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Tuesday, 11 September

9:15 - 9:30
Forum Session

Securing spectrum for smarter digital development: the road to WRC-19


Room 12E

An ever-growing number of stakeholders, new technologies and data-hungry services are competing for spectrum worldwide. Securing spectrum is critical to ensuring the development of new markets, industry sectors, smart solutions and applications. The balancing act between the need for socio-economic development, ensuring universal service and enabling smart innovation is both sensitive and specific to each region or administration. This keynote session will examine the main issues, trends and challenges spectrum use in the context of the preparatory discussions taking place in the lead-up to the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Keynote speaker

Mr. François Rancy

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


9:15 - 10:30
Forum Session

Ministerial Roundtable: Government enabling smarter digital development


Room 22

The first session of the Ministerial Roundtable addresses the instrumental role of government in driving ICT deployment and adoption of networks, services and applications. As the principal digital end-user, procurer, policy-maker and regulator, governments are uniquely responsible for the growth of the digital economy at national, regional and global levels. How can administrations shape policy frameworks and allocate budget to ensure universal connectivity, access and uptake? How can smart innovation transform public services to better meet the needs of citizens? What are the main challenges in creating an enabling environment for digital innovation and smarter societies? What opportunities for collaboration can be explored at regional level, or in the context of international platforms such as ITU?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Keynote speaker

Mr. Houlin Zhao

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


Moderator

H. E. Ms. Stella Tembisa Ndabeni Abrahams

South Africa

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services


Speakers

H. E. Mr. Shahzad Gul Aryobee

Afghanistan

Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)

H. E. Mr. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi

Iran

Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT)

H. E. Mr. Mustafa Jabbar

Bangladesh

Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology

H. E. Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi Ngubane

South Africa

Ministry of Science and Technology

Mr. Keng Thai Leong

Singapore

InfoComm Media Development Authority

H. E. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hong

Viet Nam

Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)

Allam Mousa

Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology

Mr. Rob Shuter

South Africa

MTN Management Services

H. E. Mr. Elmir Tofig Oglu Velizadeh

Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan


9:30 - 10:30
Forum Session

Spectrum challenges: preparing for WRC-19


Room 12E

Exponential growth in data traffic, from consumer videos to IoT applications, mobile broadband and new technologies such as virtual reality and 5G services, is putting limited spectrum resources under extreme pressure. As competing incumbent stakeholders jostle claims for spectrum with these new market entrants, new approaches to spectrum management, administration and coordination are being called for. How can the complex equation of socio-economic needs in different economies and regions best be met? Can spectrum sharing initiatives such as CBRS or dynamic spectrum allocation provide a meaningful solution? How should the issue of licensed versus unlicensed spectrum use be addressed? How can we prepare for the multiple use cases and demands of 5G-enabled network slicing? What are the main issues under discussion across different regions in preparation for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. François Rancy

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Ms. Donna Bethea Murphy

USA

Inmarsat Plc.

Mr. Mark Majodina

Kenya

World Meteorological Organization

Ms. Elizabeth Migwalla

South Africa

Qualcomm Inc.

Mr. Peng Zhao

United Kingdom

GSMA


10:30 - 11:00
Networking Event

Networking Break hosted by KT


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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11:00 - 11:15
Forum Session

The positive power of trusted Smart ABC (AI, Banking, and Cities)


Room 11E

AI is a key enabler of smart, emerging applications in digital financial services and smart cities, enabling data to be analysed and actioned to improve quality of life, efficiency of services and economic productivity. How are the three Smart ABC fields contributing to smart digital development? What can we learn from success stories and case studies around the world? How are AI, smart banking services and the growth of smart cities impacting across the African region?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Keynote speaker

Mr. Chae Sub Lee

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


11:00 - 12:15
Partner Session

Spectrum pricing to drive the mobile broadband revolution


Better spectrum pricing policies are needed to improve the economic and social welfare of the billions of people thatremain unconnected to mobile broadband services. Carefully planned spectrum auctions, and other awards, are vital – digital economies depend on them. This session will explore the latest pricing research, which focuses on developing markets, and discuss evolving policy best practice to drive investment in high quality, affordable mobile broadband services

Agenda and speakers

Open to all pass categories.


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11:00 - 12:15
Forum Session

Ministerial Roundtable: Addressing the risks of a smarter world


Room 22

The second session of the Ministerial Roundtable discusses the main challenges and risks posed by smart digital development, such as creating adequate and enforceable data privacy and security frameworks, ensuring citizen trust in smart government services, preparing for the impact of AI and automatization on the labour market and building digital skills for both industry and society. Does government need to present a better case for the benefits of smart development and balance negative perceptions on misuse of data? How can citizen uptake of new ICT-enabled services and applications be accelerated? What new approaches or policies can empower digital citizens through education, life-long learning and digital literacy?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. Brahima Sanou

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


11:15 - 12:15
Forum Session

Artificial Intelligence: impact and ownership


Room 11E

As AI deployment and applications expand, algorithms are performing ever more tasks beyond human capability or previously thought to rely on human creativity. But how can AI and the data it generates be managed or regulated? As AI increasingly replaces humans across different industry sectors and jobs, how can governments, society and individuals prepare for the economic singularity? Should we consider measures such as life-long learning or basic income provision? How can we best create social good through AI – in Africa, and throughout the world?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. Reinhard Scholl

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Ms. Anne Carblanc

France

Organisation for Economic Co-operation a nd Development

Mr. Andy Chen

USA

IEEE Computer Society

Ms. Moira De Roche

South Africa

IFIP IP3

Mr. Tshilidzi Marwala

South Africa

University of Johannesburg

Mr. Neil Sahota

USA

IBM


12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Networking Lunch hosted by Senegal


Arena Upper Foyer

Join the Director-General of the Senegalese regulatory body ARTP, high-level members of the Senegalese delegation and invited guests for a relaxing lunch, and find out more on how the Senegal government is committed to investing in innovative ICT projects and partnerships, putting citizen services and e-government activities in particular at the heart of the digital economy.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders on a first-come first-served basis


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12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Networking Lunch hosted by CITRA Kuwait


Marquee

A unique opportunity to find out more on key projects and partnership options, connecting with high-level representatives from Kuwait's regulatory body, CITRA, in the relaxed, social environment of a networking lunch.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders on a first-come first-served basis


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14:00 - 16:00
ITU Specialized Session

Innovation Power Session: Monitoring ICT centric innovation policies and programmes


Room 11C

Monitoring ICT-centred, innovation-focused strategies, policies and programmes in their organizations, local regions and nations is of great importance for policy-makers, senior executives and entrepreneurial leaders alike. This session will explore ICT-based innovation policies, key policy elements and how to monitor programmes based on evidence and comparable measurements of ICT capabilities. It is designed to act as a combined interactive panel discussion and training session, sharing national experiences and providing a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in monitoring ICT-centricinnovation policies and evidence-based good practice.


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14:00 - 15:15
Forum Session

Digital finance: innovative economic solutions for all


Room 11E

The innovative use of smart technologies has already begun to transform the financial industry and reshape the global financial ecosystem. Which disruptive technologies will flourish and have the greatest impact on our lives? As machines trade with each other, how can we ensure the transaction of values? What are the challenges of digital currencies – and will they really replace existing national currencies? Will super-intelligent quantum computers be able to unchain blockchain and disrupt secure data transmission?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. David Wen

USA

eCurrency


Panelists

Mr. Kamran Agasi

Azerbaijan

Innovations Center LLC

Mr. Stephen Ibaraki

Canada

REDDS Venture Capital

Mr. Khomotso Molabe

South Africa

Standard Bank

Mr. Fahad Sajid

United Arab Emirates

Huawei Technologies


14:30 - 15:15
ITU Specialized Session

M-Powering for Development


Room 12C

Mobile networks are often the most widespread and reliable infrastructure in emerging markets where large sections of the population are frequently underserved by basic services, whilst mobile phones provide a universal communications tool capable of delivering almost any kind of digital service. Encouraging large-scale expansion in mobile communications use to address inclusiveness and stimulate socio-economic development is therefore the aim of the m-Powering Initiative. It does so by identifying new types of partnerships and funding models needed to build impactful win-win solutions to improve access to education, healthcare, agricultural, financial and governmental services at affordable prices. The 2018 m-Powering Initiative report provides stakeholders with a common framework to leverage the potential of mobile technologies to build sustainable development models and achieve the SDGs in today’s fast-changing digital environment. This session will focus on how the m-Powering Initiative can make a difference through impactful strategies and frameworks for increasing access and affordability, advocacy and partnerships to empower people using mobile technologies.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Exhibition Pass and Media Pass holders


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15:15 - 15:45
Networking Event

Networking Break hosted by KT


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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15:45 - 17:00
Forum Session

Ministerial Roundtable: Financing digital development


Room 22

The third session of the Ministerial Roundtable explores new financing and business models required to advance digital transformation and move towards smarter societies throughout the world. What can we learn from the initiatives and recommendations presented in other platforms such as the OECD roadmap for digitalization, or the Broadband Commission discussion paper “A New deal: investing in our common future. Policy recommendations to close the broadband gap”? What successful case studies and best practice in public private partnership can we draw on? How can governments provide a healthy investment climate through transparent, fair and stable initiatives in areas such as regulation, licencing, taxation and spectrum?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. Malcolm Johnson

Switzerland

International Telecommunication Union


Speakers

Dr. Amani Abou Zeid

South Africa

African Union

Mr. Håkan Andersson

Sweden

Ericsson

Dr. Jacques Bughin

Belgium

McKinsey & Company

Mr. Thomas Chalumeau

France

Orange

H. E. Dr. Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele

South Africa

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services

Mr. Bishar Hussein

Switzerland

Universal Postal Union

Mr. Shameel Joosub

South Africa

Vodacom SA (Pty) Limited

Ms. Karine Minasyan

Armenia

Eurasian Economic Commission

Dr. James H. Poisant

USA

World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)


15:45 - 17:00
Forum Session

Smart cities: innovations in sustainable urban living


Room 11E

Smart cities are the digital transformation of public services to improve urban living in areas such as infrastructure, mobility, transport, resource allocation, health and education. What current smart city initiatives are leading the way around the world? How can we use technology to make city living better, balance gender equality in public services and increase civic involvement in local government? Can developments in IoT and AI open up new opportunities to understand the real challenges of modern urban life and provide innovative solutions? What features will distinguish a smart city in Africa?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. Bilel Jamoussi

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Ms. Reem Al Mansoori

Qatar

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Ms. Samia Melhem

USA

World Bank

Dr. Haruo Okamura

Japan

Global Plan Incorporated

Mr. Congduc Pham

France

University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour

Mr. Craig Price

China, Hong Kong SAR

PCCW Global Ltd.


17:00 - 18:00
Networking Event

LeaderSpace Happy Hour hosted by GEW Technologies


Leader Space

Join international leaders of industry and government in an exclusive, relaxed social gathering following the second day of event activities, hosted by GEW Technologies, leading supplier of spectrum management and monitoring systems.

 

Open to Leader Pass and Executive Pass holders


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19:00 - 21:00
Networking Event

Zimbabwe Night


The Arena

Join leading representatives of Zimbabwe’s government and industry, high-level guests and fellow delegates in an exclusive gala evening of dining, entertainment and networking.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, Exhibition Pass, and Media Pass holders on a first-come first-served basis


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Wednesday, 12 September

9:00 - 18:00
ITU Specialized Session

Rise of the MVNOs: leveraging MVNOs in an ‘everything connected’ world


Room 11C

The session will explore the cross-overs between MVNOs and various verticals including banking, utilities, agriculture, transport, and smart cities. In addition, this workshop will examine how MVNOs can innovate through new business models, and embrace emerging technologies such as IoT/M2M, blockchain, 5G and AI.

This workshop will bring together Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), MobileVirtual Network Enablers (MVNEs) Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), connectivity providers, banks, utility companies, vehicle manufacturers, OEMs, industry associations, analysts, and government representatives.

https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/Workshops-and-Seminars/20180912/Pages/programme.aspx

Open to all pass categories


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9:15 - 10:45
Partner Session

Industry Transformation: exploring the potential of tech SMMEs


Unlocking the potential of ICT SMMEs is critical if developing countries are to leapfrog the development of their economies. The growth of small tech enterprises depends in particular on strong partnerships and collaboration with big companies. Such partnerships allow larger companies to grow their current markets and enter new ones - whilst at the same time enabling small enterprises to benefit from tapping into bigger distribution networks, funding opportunities, mentoring and other developmental programmes provided by big corporates, OEMs and Business Development Service Agencies. This session aims to bridge the information gap between ICT SMMEs and market opportunities in the public and private sectors in terms of enterprise and supplier development programmes, business support, incubator facilities, funding and other support mechanisms. It will bring together ICT SMMEs, MNOS, OEMs, state-owned companies (SOCs), ICT incubators and government organizations such asbusiness development support agencies to interact and explore together market access opportunities, funding, skills development and other programmes aimed at facilitating growth and sustainability of SMMEs in the ICT sector.

Open to all pass categories.


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9:15 - 9:30
Forum Session

New radio systems for smarter digital development


Room 22

Radiocommunication technologies are a crucial element in smart digital development: alone, or as part of a hybrid solution, they provide connectivity, coverage and services in geographically-challenged areas, as well as ensuring mobile broadband, quality of service, resilient infrastructure and dependable disaster recovery and relief support. From high throughput to on-the-ground systems and connectivity through backhaul capabilities provided by radio systems, what are the latest developments driving the radiocommunications ecosystem in the digital era? How can public private partnerships provide financing and viable business models? Who is taking the lead to date – and what vision of the future do smart radiocomunication-based solutions offer?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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9:15 - 10:30
ITU Specialized Session

Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: How human economies can benefit from smart machines


Room 12C

AI, machine learning, big data and data analytics have incredible transformative potential in the financial sector, enabling solutions, applications and new markets well beyond human capability alone. But how should we regulate the decisions, actions and impact of AI, and who should be responsible? How should we manage the ownership and implementation of new types of datasets generated by digital financial services? How can AI empower financial services to perform better with data – and how can we balance human and machine input and initiatives to ensure optimal, trusted customer service?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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9:30 - 10:30
Forum Session

Wireless technologies for Africa: the opportunity ahead


Room 22

As point-to-multipoint systems with established infrastructure, the newest radio technologies can provide full and instantaneous coverage in rural and remote regions, regardless of difficulties in terrain or climate. Working in partnership with current networks, technologies such as HTS, non-GSO constellations, HAPS, or unlicensed broadband systems are uniquely positioned to provide integrated services to users throughout Africa, maximizing efficiency, guaranteeing quality of service, mobility and resilience. How will these new systems be used to connect the unconnected throughout the continent, promoting digital inclusion and providing smart services? What are the technical, regulatory and policy challenges in the region? Who are the main players, what partnerships are proving successful, and how will the wireless future develop in Africa?

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Mr. Joaquin Restrepo Mejia

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Dr. Tony Azzarelli

United Kingdom

OneWeb

Mr. Akinwale Goodluck

Kenya

GSMA

Mr. Mark Rotter

United Kingdom

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)

Mr. Veni Shone

China

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Mr. Jean Claude Tshipama

United Kingdom

Konnect Africa


10:30 - 11:00
Networking Event

Networking Break hosted by KT


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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10:30 - 11:30
Networking Event

Ghana Day - National Pavilion Spotlight


Showfloor

Meet and connect with high-level government, regulatory and industry representatives of Ghana's dynamic ICT sector, including leading small and medium businesses, in the Ghana Pavilion at the heart of the ITU Telecom World 2018 showfloor. Explore innovative projects in e-government and digital education, find out more on investment and partnership opportunities - and discover Ghana's world of tech!

Open to all pass categories


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11:00 - 12:15
ITU Specialized Session

Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: The role of digital finance in smart, sustainable cities


Room 12C

Digital financial services are key to the effective operation of many aspects of smart cities, improving smart urban living in all areas from transportation to health, homes, utilities and public services. What are the barriers to adopting or increasing the use of smart banking in terms of standardization, regulation, security and infrastructure? How can we make digital financial services secure to increase trust and minimize security risks? Where will the greatest impact of fintech and disruptive financial services be felt? Will smart financial services increase inclusivity by bringing more and more of the unbanked into financial systems – and what successful examples of smart banking in Africa can we emulate and build on?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Panelist

Mr. Craig Price

China, Hong Kong SAR

PCCW Global Ltd.


11:00 - 12:15
Forum Session

Digital innovation ecosystems: the key to Industry 4.0


Room 12E

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has the potential to bring tremendous benefits - and challenges - for countries around the world. An integral part of 4IR is Industry 4.0, updating industries using 4IR technologies, such as AI, IoT, big data, advanced robotics, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR), and 3D printing. Countries need to develop concrete, robust innovation capabilities in order to navigate a changing 4IR technology environment successfully. Innovative digital ecosystems must be open to the ongoing adoption of new technologies and the development of new business models within different industry sectors. This session will explore the key dynamics of building digital innovation ecosystems to support Industry 4.0, examining the main stakeholders currently working to achieve the Industry 4.0 vision, and the current state of play. What existing relevant practices, case studies and success stories should we learn from? How can stakeholders mobilize resources to establish an enabling environment for a 4IR ecosystem?​

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Moderator

Dr. Eun-ju Kim

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Dr. Martin Koyabe

United Kingdom

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

Dr. Olga Memedovic

Austria

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Dr. Setumo Mohapi

South Africa

State Information Technology Agency

Mr. Lauri Oksanen

Finland

Nokia


11:00 - 12:15
Forum Session

Rethinking regulation, enabling smart digital development


Room 22

New regulatory approaches are urgently required to meet the new realities of digital transformation – from new technologies and solutions in AI, IoT and 5G to new market players, industry sectors and business models. Should regulators favour forbearance or light-touch regulation, adopt new policy frameworks or move from enforcing to monitoring? How can stimulating innovation and fair competition be balanced against consumer protection, privacy and security? What regulatory approaches could deliver the benefits of AI whilst regulating algorithms, ownership and control to provide transparency and accountability? Who is responsible for ensuring the secure and trusted flow of data in open government services and in a globalised economy? How can public and private sector collaboration enable regulators to share best practices and build capacity for smart development?

 

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Moderator

Mr. Philippe Defraigne

Belgium

Cullen International S.A.


Panelists

Mr. German Darío Arias Pimienta

Colombia

Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones (CRC)

Mr. Fraser Graham

United Arab Emirates

GSMA

Ms. Molly Lesher

France

Organisation for Economic Co-operation a nd Development

Mr. Robert Middlehurst

United Arab Emirates

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation - Etisalat

Mr. Willington Ngwepe

South Africa

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)


12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Networking Lunch


Marquee

An opportunity to connect and interact with fellow delegates and high-level figures from government, industry and regulatory bodies in a relaxed social environment.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Passholders on a first-come first-served basis


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12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Networking Lunch hosted by the Republic of Korea


Arena Upper Foyer

A unique opportunity to find out more on key projects, latest technological developments and partnership options whilst connecting with high-level representatives from the government and ICT industry of Korea, in the relaxed, social environment of a networking lunch.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders on a first-come first-served basis


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13:30 - 15:00
ITU Specialized Session

Digital Identity Experts Consultation (Digital Identity Project)


LeaderSpace

This session will enable digital identity experts to discuss and provide feedback on BDT’s Digital Identity implementation toolkit and roadmap.

By invitation only


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14:00 - 16:00
Forum Session

4th ICT Economic Expert Roundtable


Room 11E

The Economic Expert Roundtable brings together economic and industry experts from global ICT consulting firms, R&D entities, regional and international organizations to exchange views and analysis on the latest trends and issues related to the development of telecommunications/ICT infrastructure, focusing principally on economic and financial aspects.

 

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Moderator

Mr. Kasirim Nwuke

Ethiopia

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa


Panelists

Dr. René Arnold

Germany

WIK

Dr. Martin Koyabe

United Kingdom

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

Ms. Samia Melhem

USA

World Bank

Mr. Jeongmin Seong

McKinsey & Company

Dr. Ahmad Reza Sharafat

Iran

Tarbiat Modares University


14:00 - 15:15
ITU Specialized Session

Smart ABC Expert Roundtable: A new concept of future-powered cities


Room 12C

AI technologies have enormous potential for using the massive data sets generated by smart city sensors to improve the quality of urban living in terms of services, infrastructure and sustainability. What concrete case studies do we have of improving cities with AI? How can standardization ensure the safety of citizens through privacy, network security, and regulation on data management? What measures should be taken for the beneficial use of AI technology, in particular in the trial and development period? How can we make citizens smarter and enhance lives through AI in terms of education, health and other services? How can we ensure that deploying AI in smart cities does not deepen the digital divide – between rural and urban areas, and between emerging and developed nations?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

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14:00 - 15:15
Forum Session

The future telco: revolution or evolution?


Room 22

Challenged by new technologies, new competitors from different spheres, new vertical sectors and emerging markets, telecommunications operators must find new roles and business objectives in the increasingly fragmented landscape of the digital economy. How can the traditional telco assets of customer relationships and data, spectrum and network infrastructure be exploited in the emerging smart economy? Where should the focus for future investment be – on developing video platform, vertical sector specializations, network virtualization, data centres or elsewhere? What is the best way to overturn entrenched mindsets, attract new talent and drive innovation? How can telcos ensure a fair, competitive regulatory environment in areas such as taxation, licencing,data flow and privacy?

 

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Moderator

Mr. De Wet Bisschoff

South Africa

Accenture


Panelists

Mr. Thomas Chalumeau

France

Orange

Mr. Graham Mackinnon

South Africa

Cell C (Pty) Ltd.

Dr. Mohamed Madkour

China

Huawei Technologies

Mr. Dalibor Vavruska

United Kingdom

Citibank UK

Mr. Mindaugas Zilinskas

Lithuania

Communications Regulatory Authority


15:15 - 15:45
Networking Event

Networking Break hosted by KT


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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15:45 - 17:00
ITU Specialized Session

Smart ABC Incubator: Assist technology-oriented entrepreneurs in the fields of AI, Banking and Smart Cities


Room 12C

Concluding the Smart ABC Programme, this session focuses on the key outcomes of the debates in Durban on the intersection between artificial intelligence, digital financial services and smart cities. What successful case studies, best practices and new developments have we explored? What are the key challenges in terms of trust, security, standardization and regulation – and how should we construct a multi stakeholder framework to tackle these issues? What initiatives in funding, public awareness, digital literacy and education are critical to realising the huge potential for social and economic good that Smart ABC can deliver? And what is the role of Smart ABC in furthering smart digital development across Africa?

Session part of the Smart ABC Programme 

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15:45 - 17:45
Forum Session

High Level African Investment Dialogue


Room 22

According to a World Bank study, a 10% increase in broadband penetration is associated with a 1.4% increase in GDP growth in emerging markets. Similar research shows a 90% correlation between investments in ICT and a country’s success in meeting key United Nations’(UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Investments in ICT power countries, with benefits that includes improvements in indicators such as ICT patents, new digital jobs and enterprises, and the creation of digital skills. This session brings together a high level expert panel from major industry players, institutional investors and government representatives to explore government policies aimed at transforming countries into preferred investment destinations, unearthing investment opportunities in infrastructure and ICT sectors, international trends and perspectives in investing in Africa.

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Moderator

H. E. Dr. Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele

South Africa

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services


Panelists

Mr. Luis Fernando Borjón Figueroa

Mexico

PROMTEL

Mr. Strive Masiyiwa

Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless (PVT) Ltd.

Ms. Nnenna Nwakanma

South Africa

World Wide Web Foundation

Ms. Aniko Szigetvari

USA

International Finance Corporation


15:45 - 17:00
Forum Session

Adopting digital identification for development


Room 12E

The use of digital technologies for identification and authentication is opening up new opportunities for solving a fundamental challenge for many of the SDGs: the ability to securely and accurately identify individuals. Doing so will facilitate the accurate delivery of economic and social rights and services such as vaccinations, distribution of government subsidies, financial payments, and access to education. The potential of digital identification is widely recognized, but the implementation and adoption of concrete initiatives present challenges in terms of the complexity of the ecosystem required, the need to ensure robust data protection and security, and the need to interoperate with existing services, systems and other identification schemes. What are current bestpractices in adopting and scaling up digital identification initiatives for foundational and functional identity? What results havebeen achieved? How are new technologies such as AI and blockchain being used for digital identification tools? How can countries implement and adopt a “Digital Identity Implementation Roadmap”?

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Moderator

Mr. Kemal Huseinovic

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Ms. Melissa Johns

USA

Digital Impact Alliance at the UN Foundation

Mr. Alphonce Malibiche

Tanzania, United Rep. of

National Identification Authority

H. E. Ms. Hadja Fatimata Ouattara Sanon

Burkina Faso

Ministère du Développement de l'Economie numérique et des Postes

Mr. Andrea Rigoni

Italy

Deloitte

Mr. R. S. Sharma

India

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

Ms. Vyjayanti T. Desai

USA

World Bank


Thursday, 13 September

9:15 - 10:30
Forum Session

High Level Panel Discussion: Promoting ICT opportunities for women empowerment


Room 12E

The economic and business case for gender equality is clear. Evidence shows that having more women in positions of leadership is positive for the bottom line for society as a whole; and that diversity of thought is critical to creating vibrant and thriving organizations in public, private and academic sectors. Despite some progress towards increased educational opportunities and greater participation in key sectors of society, women remain underrepresented at the top of companies andingovernments around the world. In the ICT sector, barriers are continuously being broken enabling women to participate in the industry as leaders and to use ICTs to empower themselves and others. However, more needs to be done to facilitate women’s equal access to resources, employment, markets and trade. This session brings together female leaders at the highest levelfrom government, international organizations and business to debate the practical steps that can be taken to build a culture of inclusion and innovation across public and private organizations. The session will also discuss frameworks to closethe gap and women’s struggles to take leading roles, as well as examining practical ways in which women’s economic capacity and commercial networks can be strengthened for their own empowerment.

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Moderator

Ms. Nonhlanhla Mkhize

South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government


Panelists

Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin Garcia

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union

Ms. Onica Makwakwa

South Africa

World Wide Web Foundation

Ms. Elizabeth Migwalla

South Africa

Qualcomm Inc.

H. E. Ms. Stella Tembisa Ndabeni Abrahams

South Africa

Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services


9:15 - 9:30
Forum Session

Who’s keeping our data safe?


Room 11E

From misuse of social media or smart home devices to lack of transparency in privacy agreements and fears of industrial or governmental surveillance, safeguarding our personal data has become a major concern. But whose responsibility is data protection –the end user, the private sector, government or a mixture of all three? What collaborations, policy frameworks or good practices can we adopt or adapt? Can we find a better balance between convenience and privacy, or between the benefits and risks of free-flowing data? How can we best secure data at a personal, industrial or national level in an increasingly digital world?

 

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9:30 - 10:30
Forum Session

Strengthening collaboration in data protection


Room 11E

As regulation and data protection initiatives prove increasingly unable to keep pace with the exponential growth of data analytics and the digital economy, the potential for abuse of personal and business data continues to rise. Building trust at consumer, corporate and national levels, implementing fit-for-purpose data security measures, and wide-scale capacity building are essential to realizing the full benefits of the data value chain. What are the main security risks associated with new AI or IoT solutions, smart cities or digital financial services? How important is trust to the success of smart development? How are the various stakeholders in different geographies cooperating on security threats and breaches? What is the role of organizations such as ITU in strengthening global collaboration, sharing data best practices and building capacity to protect user data?

 

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Moderator

Mr. Bocar A. Ba

Belgium

SAMENA Telecommunications Council


Panelists

Mr. Jason Harle

Denmark

Deloitte

Mr. Nigel Hickson

Switzerland

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Ms. Danielle Jacobs

Belgium

International Telecommunications Users Group

Mr. Andrei Muntean

Moldova, (the Republic of)

National Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Information Technology (ANRCETI)

Mr. Terry Wilson

United Kingdom

Global Cyber Alliance


10:30 - 11:00
Networking Event

Networking Break


Outside Room 22

An opportunity to relax, make new connections and exchange views in the networking refreshment break between Forum sessions.

 

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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11:00 - 17:00
ITU Specialized Session

ITU consultation with South African ecosystem


Room 12C

This session will facilitate the launch of a programme led by ITU aiming to establish a country assessment and project development in South Africa on industry 4.0.

By invitation only


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11:00 - 12:15
Forum Session

Powering smart: the Internet of Things


Room 12E

As more and more devices, machines and objects across all industry sectors are connected to each other, the internet and people, the Internet of Things is creating a continuously evolving ecosystem of intelligent devices. How critical is IoT standardization to ensure global harmonization, economies of scale, IoT interoperability and trusted environments? How can IoT interoperability best be supported on cross-domain IoT services and what kind of solutions can be used to improve it in real field deployment? Which markets or sectors are at the cutting edge of IoT deployment, who are the leading players and what monetization models are proving successful in terms of integrating heterogeneous IoT services for real “Smart IoT"?What impact do advancements in 5G and AI have on IoT in terms of spectrum allocation, data flow, privacy and regulation? How can IoT power smart government services and socio-economic development – in Africa and throughout the world?

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders


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Moderator

Dr. Martin Brynskov

Denmark

Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative (OASC)


Panelists

Mr. Adrian Bolliger

Switzerland

Swisscom SA

Mr. Collin Mamdoo

South Africa

Vodacom SA (Pty) Limited

Mr. Vikram Raval

United Kingdom

GSMA


11:00 - 12:15
Forum Session

Lifelong learning and skills development in the digital era


Room 11E

Emerging technology trends related to the digital transformation, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, and big data analytics, have profound implications for skills required for the evolving digital economy. In particular, the notion of lifelong learning has emerged as one of the key strategies for job security and employment in the digital era. What is the impact of AI on the labour market and what skills are needed today and in the future? How can educational institutions and training providers address these skills gaps? The session will provide an overview of recent developments in the debate on digital skills and lifelong learning and present concrete case studies on projects and activities that have been implemented to address the emerging skills gap.

 

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Moderator

Mr. Cosmas Zavazava

United Nations

International Telecommunication Union


Panelists

Dr. Brian Armstrong

South Africa

University of the Witwatersrand

Ms. Kirsty Chadwick

South Africa

The Training Room Online

Mr. Sunil Geness

South Africa

SAP AFRICA

Mr. Collins Oduor

Kenya

Africa Nazarene University

Ms. Gisa Fuatai Purcell

United Kingdom

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation


12:30 - 14:00
Networking Event

Networking Lunch


Arena Upper Foyer

An opportunity to connect and interact with fellow delegates and high-level figures from government, industry and regulatory bodies in a relaxed social environment.

Open to Leader Pass, Executive Pass, Forum Pass, and Media Pass holders on a first-come first-served basis


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14:00 - 15:45
Ceremony

ITU Telecom World Awards Ceremony


Room 22

The finalists and winners of the ITU Telecom World Awards 2018 will be announced by the ITU Secretary-General in a high-profile ceremony honouring the best in innovative ICT solutions, applications and services for social good.

Open to all pass categories


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16:00 - 17:00
Networking Event

Host Country Farewell Reception


Marquee

The Farewell Reception brings the four days of ITU Telecom World 2018 to a close with music and entertainment to accompany the formal goodbye to all delegates and guests.

 

Open to all pass categories


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