Japan to host leading ITU statistics symposium

Japan to host leading ITU statistics symposium
Hiroshima is set to host the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS), ITU’s annual statistical conference that will welcome government ministers and leading experts on economic development and ICT policy to discuss strategies to leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to drive socio-economic development.

With reference to itu.int  site, Public Relations and International Affairs of TIC announced that:Organized by ITU, the UN specialized agency for ICTs, the event is hosted by the Government of Japan and is expected to attract some 400 invited high-level dignitaries, global experts and analysts, including government ministers and deputy ministers.

The symposium will address a wide range of topical issues including big data, progress in measuring the socio-economic impact of ICTs, ICT statistics and the Sustainable Development Goal monitoring framework, strategies to measure ICT innovation, and the use of data generated by the Internet of Things to drive ICT development.

In an increasingly interconnected global economy, accurate data on ICT penetration, pricing and access are widely acknowledged to be critical, not just to the ICT sector, but to the growth of other business and social sectors.

ITU publishes the world’s most widely-used global ICT database, as well as its annual flagship statistics report, Measuring the Information Society. The 2015 edition of the report, including the ICT Development Index (IDI) which ranks countries according to a basket of ICT-related statistical indicators, will be released at a press conference on Monday 30 November.

The WTIS programme will open with a special ceremony commemorating ITU’s 150th anniversary, followed by a Ministerial Roundtable focusing on ICT as a driver of sustainable development and a Leaders Dialogue on the topic of future ICT trends, policies and measurement challenges.

Confirmed government speakers include Japan’s Sanae Takaichi, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications and Yasua Sakamoto, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. They join ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou, and a distinguished list of high-level international speakers from around the world.

Journalists are encouraged to register now to attend Day One of this compelling international event. Please note that for security reasonsadvance registration is essential to obtain a badge to enter the venue. Media registration closes on Thursday 26 November 18:00 JST.

Nov 17, 2015 15:28

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