Mexico to host leading ITU statistics symposium

Top speakers from around the world will debate power of information and communication technology as catalyst for development

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Geneva, 18 November, 2013 – Mexico City is set to host a major ITU conference that will welcome leading global experts on economic development and government policy to discuss strategies to leverage the transformational power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to drive socio-economic development.

Co-hosted by ITU, the UN specialized agency for ICTs, and the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico’s new telecommunications and broadcasting regulator, the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) comes at a timely juncture for Mexico, which is currently undertaking a radical reshaping of its own ICT market.

The event is expected to attract some 300 invited global experts and analysts in areas spanning data and statistics, policy-making, and ICT-for-development initiatives that harness the unique power of technology to bring essential services like healthcare and education within reach of underserved and isolated communities.

In today’s interconnected economy, accurate data on ICT penetration, pricing and access are widely acknowledged to be critical, not just to the ICT sector, but to the growth of other business and social sectors. ITU publishes the world’s most widely-used global ICT database, as well as the annual flagship report, Measuring the Information Society.

The WTIS will open with three High-Level Debates around key priorities for the post-MDG global agenda, and the increasingly vital role of ICT statistics in defining and monitoring national, regional and global development targets.

Confirmed speakers include Mexican government authority representatives including  the Secretary for Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, and the President of IFT, Gabriel Contreras Saldívar; representatives of academia such as Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University & Millennium Villages project); figures from the industrial and commercial sphere including Carlos Slim Helú (Fundación Carlos Slim); as well as ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, and many others.

Journalists are encouraged to register now to attend Day One of this compelling international event. Please note that for security reasons advance registration is essential to obtain a badge to enter the venue. Advance registration closes on Monday 2 December 18:00 CST.

What: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium

When: 4-6 December 2013. Open to media on 4 December only.

Where: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plaza Juárez #20, Col. Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City

Why: The chance to hear and interview top speakers from Mexico’s government and private sector and the global ICT community

Who: Experts from the global statistical community, ICT analysts and ICT regulatory agencies, government leaders and policymakers, C-level executives from the private sector, and senior figures from UN agencies.

Media Information: Registration is essential for media and industry analysts to participate in person. Please contact: angelina.mejia@ift.org.mx

Follow the event on Twitter at: #ITUdata

For more information, please visit the event website or contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
E-mail:  sarah.parkes@itu.int
Tel: +41 22 730 6135

Media registration enquiries:

Angelina Mejia
Communications Unit, IFT
E-mail:  angelina.mejia@ift.org.mx
Tel: +52 55 5015 4012

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