ITU: Information and communications minister D N Dhungyel is leading a delegation to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2015 that is being held in Budapest, Hungary from October 12 to 15.

The ITU Telecom World is a global ICT event held annually and is an exhibition for digital solutions, forum for sharing knowledge, and a networking hub for governments and industry including research institutions and academia.

Bhutan became the member of ITU in September 1988 and since then ITU has been playing a critical role in Bhutan’s ICT Journey.  Till date, over thirty projects and technical assistance has been received.

ICT professionals across the government have benefitted from various capacity building initiatives in the form of training, seminars, workshops and conferences. This has helped ICT professionals to keep abreast with the development in the telecommunication and ICT sector, and contributed significantly in shaping our ICT landscape.

The rapid pace of digital transformation is creating new ecosystems, players and even industries – all holding tremendous potential. Leadership Summit, attended mainly by the ministers and senior officials from member countries, is one of the highlights of the ITU Telecom World discussing on how best this ICT potential can be harnessed.

It is a platform to discuss and foster the contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in driving technical and economic innovation and the establishment of digital markets.

In addition to sharing the unique insights of the global ICT leaders, the summit will launch the Budapest Call for Action – a global pledge underlining ministers’ commitment to growing digital entrepreneurship, accelerating socio-economic development, and driving real change.

Lyonpo DN Dhungyel will participate as a speaker in the ministerial roundtable and other forums.  On the sideline of the event, lyonpo is scheduled to meet the Secretary General and other senior officials of the ITU. Lyonpo will also meet ministers and senior officials from other member countries to foster collaboration in ICT development and follow-up on existing programmes.

Staff reporter