Since 2015, when ITU Telecom World underwent a strategic repositioning to focus on fostering SME growth, the event has headed towards becoming the international platform bringing SMEs together with public and private stakeholders to share knowledge, exchange ideas and best practice and facilitate networking and partnerships.
One key way in which ITU Telecom is making this a reality is helping participants connect together, from SME right up to leaders of government, through a host of targeted networking and social events.
This year’s business matchmaking programme, organized by MSIT and Busan Metropolitan City and open to all exhibitors and sponsors at the event, helped businesses connect with SMEs, regulators and international organizations. Some 70 meetings took place in a specially-designed space for national delegations and companies or organizations exhibiting in the exhibition, connecting B2B and B2G from 19 countries including China, Ireland, Ethiopia, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, the United States of America, Azerbaijan, Rwanda and Japan.
In addition, a lunch hosted by Senegal helped facilitate networking and discussion, along with high profile networking occasions, such as the Event Opening Ceremony, welcome and farewell receptions. Networking breaks and happy hours were sponsored by companies such as Inmarsat and Subah helped ensure conversations continued during and after Forum sessions.