ITU Telecom World 2014 opens with the theme “Future in Focus”

ITU-Telecom-World-2014-opens-with-the-theme-“Future-in-Focus”ITU Telecom World 2014 opened its doors today to a packed programme of conversations and debates on the theme “Future in Focus”.

A spectacular opening ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha brought together a glittering line up of high level participants-  chairman, Ooredoo Group, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani; prime minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani; minister of information and communications technology of Qatar, Hessa Sultan Al Jaber; and ITU secretary general Hamadoun I Toure.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, chairman, Ooredoo Group said, “Amongst us are many of the world’s largest technology companies. We are joined by many high ranking government representatives, policy shapers, from across the region and the world, as well as a new generation of entrepreneurs and app developers. Feel our power, our combined experience and know how. Together we can make the future happen sooner.”

“We are extremely proud to host a great number of telco corporations as an important hub,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, prime minister, Qatar in his opening address.

“To meet here and to debate is an opportunity to exchange ideas about new opportunities which can contribute to changing and transforming the world,” added Thani.

“With the increasing inter-connectivity between sectors, no one can work alone, as in the past,” said Dr Hessa Al Jaber, minister of information and communications technology, Qatar.

“We must work together to help bring these technologies to the rest of the world,” added Jaber.

Highlighting the tremendous potential of technology as a tool for improving lives, ITU secretary general Hamadoun I Toure said, “Never before in human history have so many developments in technology, in science and business come together with such tremendous potential to improve the lives of people everywhere. Never before have the challenges of ensuring that the changes happening are fair, equitable and ethical been so considerable.”

The Forum will bring together the industry’s leading names who will explore three major scenarios of disruption, cross-sector partnerships and the intelligent future. Sessions will take a variety of formats from panel sessions, keynotes and high-level debates to global media-moderated Big Conversations.

The show floor highlights technologies and investment opportunities through the presence of national and thematic pavilions from Alcatel Lucent, Huawei, Intel, LS telcom, Nokia, Ooredoo and ZTE, along with countries from across the world such as Argentina, Azerbaijan, China, Nigeria and the Smart Africa Zone (Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda).

Innovation will be a core component of the event. The InnovationSpace will host the Lab, featuring state-of-the-art demos and technological, social and design innovations. The show floor is also home to the Young Innovators Competition finalists, young social entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 30 from around the world with innovative digital solutions with positive social impact.

Organized by ITU, the United Nations Specialized Agency for ICTs, the event is hosted by the government of Qatar, with the support of leading international communications company, Ooredoo.

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