Event Wrap: World Mobile Congress Barcelona

By on 24 Mar 2015

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GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world’s biggest mobile industry event, this year attracting 93,000+ attendees from 200 countries.

APNIC was invited to attend and participate in the Ministerial Program, which attracts approximately one thousand government and industry representatives from 160 countries and more than 20 international organizations. Strategic Engagement Director Pablo Hinojosa attended to represent APNIC.
APNIC activities:

  • Presented twice at a thematic session on Internet Governance: once about IPv6, and again on the importance of the IANA stewardship transition as a key to preserve the multi-stakeholder model
  • Attended an Asia-Pacific Regional Summit. With keynotes: “Towards a more inclusive digital economy”, by Anusha Rahman Ahma Khan, Minister of State for Information Technology, Pakistan and “LTE Evolution & Innovations” by Dr Qi Bi, from China Telecom. Also at this summit, a panel discussion entitled: “What governments can do to stimulate mobile-ecosystem innovation”, moderated by Carlos Katsuya, CIO and Head of Telecom, Media and Technology for Asia-Pacific, International Finance Corporation (IFC). A summary of this summit is available here
  • Also participated in machine-to-machine session; an expert session on Privacy; and a session about “Unifying network: IT and Telco IT”, the later as part of the Mobile World Congress Conference

At the same time of this event, UNESCO organized an international multi-stakeholder conference Connecting the Dots: Options for Future Action 3-4 March in Paris to discuss the draft of a Study on Internet-related issues. The findings and recommendations of this UNESCO study are devised as an important contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) +10 Review process.

Pablo took time away from the Mobile World Congress to attend the Opening Ceremony; listen to key statements from Deputy Director UNESCO, key government officials, ISOC’s CEO and civil society groups; as well as attend the drafting session and consultations on the output document of this meeting.

Read Pablo’s Twitter posts from the event, and our guest blogger contribution about this meeting.

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