ITU Telecom World 2016 today launched proceedings, welcoming influential participants from public and private sectors and across the ICT industry, including SMEs, from around the world.
The event began with the Opening Ceremony, in the presence of H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Kingdom of Thailand, Chan-o-cha Prayut, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Thailand and Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union.
Addressing an audience of event participants and special guests which included Heads of State and Ministers, Heads of UN Agencies, regulators and industry leaders (in order of speaking), Chan-o-cha Prayut, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Thailand outlined key components of the event, including highlights of the Thailand Pavilion and the core focus throughout the four days on collaboration, the digital economy and SMEs, noting that, “ The Thai government and ITU have placed emphasis on the cooperation of entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-up groups.”
Acknowledging his appreciation for H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s most valuable and committed support for ICTs, in particular for social development, ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao highlighted Thailand’s remarkable progress in ICT developments, and voiced his hope that the event, with its focus on development through the digital economy, will in some small way be able to contribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s work and legacy.
H.R.H Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn officially opened ITU Telecom World, noting how the eventoffers “investment opportunities for SMEs and start-ups which help accelerate economic growth in many countries”, in particular through its forum activities enabling government, entrepreneurs and the private sector to gain ideas, experience and knowledge, and to share best practices for industry development.