Today, technology is increasingly recognized as a pillar of social and economic development. And the value and impact of information and communication technology (ICT) is set to grow as new technologies – including the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G-enabled technology, and artificial intelligence – are the building blocks of tomorrow’s ‘smart societies’. Positive development can only continue and flourish with effective regulation and attention to policy in this ever-changing ICT landscape.
Now more than ever, regulators need to come together and develop innovative solutions to leverage new opportunities. Together, regulators and all technology players have the power to drive change and deliver transformative technologies and regulatory responses that bring real change to people’s lives.
ITU’s flagship event – the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) – is the forum where regulators come together every year to discuss policy and regulatory challenges, opportunities and best practices. GSR is the world’s largest neutral platform for regulators to engage with other regulators, policy makers, and business leaders. GSR 2016 will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 11 to 14 May 2016 under the theme ‘be empowered, be included, building blocks for smart societies in a connected world.’
Mr. Brahima Sanou (@ITU_BDTDirector) was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau by the Plenipotentiary Conference, 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was re-elected at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea in October 2014.