Qatar to host top UN telecom event
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialised agency of the United Nations for information and communication technology (ICT), has announced that Qatar has been selected as the host country for ITU Telecom World 2014.
This decision followed a competitive selection process among bidding ITU member states, the ITU said.
The ITU Telecom World will take place in Doha in December 2014, at the state-of-the-art Qatar National Convention Centre. The event will bring together influential global leaders in ICT from the public and private sectors for strategic debate, knowledge-sharing, innovation showcasing and networking at the highest level, it said.
Qatar has appointed leading international communications company, Ooredoo, to help organise the event on behalf of the Government of Qatar.
Ooredoo, formerly known as Qatar Telecom, is the foremost communications provider in Qatar and one of the world’s largest communications companies, serving more than 2.5 million consolidated customers in Qatar, and more than 93 million people around the world.
“We are delighted that Qatar, one of the world’s most advanced and committed adopters of cutting-edge technology, will host ITU Telecom World 2014,” said Dr Hamadoun I Touré, ITU secretary-general.
“Strategically located at the crossroads of three continents, Qatar provides the ideal location to continue the ITU Telecom World conversation on harnessing the power of next generation technology for the benefit of the ICT industry and the people of the world.”
“As part of our 2030 vision, Qatar is pushing ahead with its national strategy to build a knowledge-based economy and drive global competitiveness. This makes our nation the ideal host for ITU Telecom World 2014, which has made its mission to promote social development through advanced technology,” said Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, chairman, Ooredoo. “We are proud to be playing a key role in assisting the State of Qatar with this important international debate. Mobile technology helps to enrich people’s lives, and we are sure the discussions and decisions made possible by the ITU Telecom World 2014 event in Doha will have an essential impact.”
This year’s edition of ITU Telecom World will be held in Bangkok from November 19-22 on the theme of “Embracing Change in a Digital World”.
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