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
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