ITU Telecom World opens in Budapest, Hungary

Artificial intelligence, 5G and the Internet of Things dominant themes at summit
Innovative technologies can help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of all.
Innovative technologies can help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of all.

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ITU Telecom World 2019, the global tech event for governments, corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises, opened its doors today to four days of exhibition, debate, networking and awards in Budapest, Hungary.

“Together, I am confident we will be able to expand avenues for cooperation and ICT infrastructure investment, make ICT applications and services more relevant, secure and affordable, and give people the tools and skills they need to navigate and succeed in the digital economy," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Shao, welcoming delegates to ITU Telecom World 2019 and back to Budapest, four years after ITU Telecom World 2015. “Together, we can and will bring about connectivity that matters, the theme of this year's event − here in Hungary, the region and the rest of the world."


ITU Secretary-General video welcome to ITU Telecom World 2019

Addressing delegates via a video message, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterrez spoke of the importance of new technology to save lives: “There is no doubt: innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G and the Internet of Things can help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and improve the lives of all. We must harness the opportunities they bring, while mitigating the risks."

Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) said that the theme of this Forum, Innovating together; connectivity that matters, “illustrates the relationship between ITU and WIPO, but also a much deeper truth and that is that ideas and development are nourished by connectivity. Connectivity with others inspires innovation. Telecommunications are a fundamental driver of the innovation in the world today."

Speaking on making a new telecom infrastructure ready for a digital economy and a digital society, Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communications, Vietnam, Host Country for ITU Telecom World 2020, said “Telecom is now becoming ICT, and ICT is becoming a new infrastructure for a digital world. To make this happen, we need more innovations in technology, in policy and in strategy. This is a long way to go. And we should go together."

Addressing the auditorium, Hungary's Prime Minister H.E. Viktor Orbán spoke of his country's rapid digital progress and shared his future vision for Hungary, a thriving digital economy at the heart of Europe, saying “We are not trying to escape the future, we see the changes that are becoming new challenges for Europe. We do not want to shy away from creating this new world, we want to participate and be winners of this exciting challenge shaping history. We cannot only plan the future, we can realise it as well. "

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