ITU secretary-general to attend SAMENA Council’s Leaders’ Summit 2019

Mr Houlin ZhaoSAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that the secretary-general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, will attend the 2019 Leaders’ Summit

The council, a trade association that represents telecoms operators and service providers, stated that Zhao will participate in the event to highlight the importance of global collaboration for leveraging fifth-generation technologies, in order to catalyse a global change in mobile communications and to foster digital inclusion within the society.

The SAMENA Telecommunications Council’s Telecom Leaders’ Summit is a collaborative, workshop for professionals in the telecom industry to share insights and discuss policies, challenges and strategies for sustainable digital progress.

Houlin Zhao, ITU secretary-general, said, “Cross-industry and public-private sector collaboration will be vital to deploying 5G networks. With our World Radiocommunication Conference to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh from 28 October to 22 November 2019, ITU is at the heart of this process.”

“SAMENA Council is a valued partner of ITU and an influential force in the Arab world, the SAMENA region, and beyond. I look forward to deepening our cooperation on ICT development to ensure that 5G is a source for good for everyone, everywhere,” he added.

Bocar BA, CEO and board member of SAMENA Council, commented, “SAMENA Telecommunications Council is at the forefront of the campaign to develop the SA-ME-NA region’s digital economies; to unify the telecom industry’s voice; and to work closely with industry leaders who are spearheading and energising collaborative fronts for bringing about a positive impact in our collective efforts to achieve digital inclusion and meet sustainable development goals.”

“Zhao’s presence in itself serves as a motivation for industry decision-makers and drivers of change to be part of SAMENA Council’s important leaders’ congregation and add depth to the Summit’s dialogue, which will be centred on policy, investment, regulation, infrastructure development, and industry sustainability needs, particularly in view of 5G development efforts prevalent throughout the world,” he noted.

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