A world-class programme of interactive debates exploring the key issues of the digital age with informed opinion, expert speakers and international perspectives.

Sessions and topics

Accelerating digital transformation is disrupting almost every sector of the economy, promising to improve human life on an unprecedented scale.

How can we ensure that meaningful, relevant connectivity reaches all of the world’s citizens?

What innovations in technology, policy and strategy will deliver smart development solutions?

How can the public sector, international organizations and industry bodies collaborate to address both digital inclusion and the risks of living in a hyper-connected society?

The Forum at ITU Telecom World 2019 will explore these and other key issues including:

  • Expanding connectivity through innovative funding and infrastructure models,
  • Driving sustainable ICT growth in emerging and developed markets, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Building digital literacy, compelling local content and skills for the digital era
  • Developing IoT for smart cities
  • Advancing the 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Supporting SME growth and fostering innovation ecosystesm
  • The role and scope of new regulatory approaches
  • Optimising – and controlling – AI and the data it generates

Forum Summit

The event’s first day flagship session, setting the scene for the Forum debates to follow with a mixture of keynote speeches, striking presentations and interactive panel discussions. The Forum Summit is an outstanding opportunity for all event participants to hear expert insight, gain international perspectives, and understand the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation at the very highest level.

Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit at ITU Telecom World brings together ministers, regulators and private sector representatives at the highest level to debate the big picture opportunities and challenges of the smart digital landscape – setting the scene for the four days of Forum discussions that follow.

Ministerial Roundtable

The ITU Telecom World Ministerial Roundtable provides Ministers from around the world with an opportunity to share developments and challenges within the ICT landscape, highlighting their ICT policy direction, vision investment opportunities, and debating issues needing further collaboration between governments and the ICT industry. The Ministerial Roundtable is an excellent platform for vendors, operators, SMEs and investors to gain direct exposure to the strategies, direction and development of individual countries within the ICT ecosystem.

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.

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.

Partner sessions

Forum - dialogues

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