ITU Ministerial Meeting: Collaborating on the mission of ‘building a digital world together’

The Meeting of Ministers of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member countries, which opened on October 20 at Vietnam time, discussed many issues, including emphasizing cooperation for digital transformation and sustainable development.

The Meeting of Ministers of ITU member countries took place right after the opening session of the World Conference and Exhibition 2020 (ITU Digital World).

This is the first time, the ITU Ministerial Conference took place on an online platform developed by Vietnam, connecting ministers and leaders of many businesses around the globe in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic. influence in many countries.

The ITU 2020 Ministers Meeting focused on discussions on the role of ICTs in pandemic response, digital strategy planning during and after Covid-19 and orienting ITU’s cooperation with other countries. Membership in implementing digital transformation programs.

“Mission to build the digital world together”

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung attended the ITU Ministerial Conference.

Speaking at the opening of the Conference, Minister Nguyen Manh Hung thanked ITU for supporting Vietnam to organize the Digital World Exhibition in the online form. At the same time, affirming the leading role of ITU to overcome the challenges of humanity in its journey from the real world to the virtual world.

Minister Nguyen Manh Hung shared that, thanks to the efforts of the Government and the entire population, Covid-19 translation has been controlled in Vietnam and the ICT industry plays an important role in this result. Many digital platforms and applications are deployed in response to the pandemic and changing our lives in the new normal.

According to the Minister, recently, the Prime Minister of Vietnam has approved the National Digital Transformation Program to build a digital Vietnam, move towards greater innovation, greater resilience and sustainability. Institutional reform, cybersecurity, and digital platforms will be key factors in accelerating Vietnam’s digital transformation.

Minister Nguyen Manh Hung also affirmed that Vietnam is committed to supporting and accompanying ITU and other member countries in building a digital world. “We will go together, because we want to go far”, the Minister stressed.

Digital transformation is an irreversible trend

ITU Ministerial Meeting: Cooperation on the mission of 'building a digital world together'
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended and spoke at the ITU Ministerial Meeting.

Speaking at the ITU Ministerial Meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said: “Digital transformation gradually becomes an irreversible trend, opening up for every country, every economy, every organization and every personal growth opportunities unprecedented. Comes with that are challenges and demands for self-regulation “.

But the Deputy Prime Minister also said that digital transformation is not only about technology transformation, but more important is the transformation in thinking, content and policy content at both macro and micro level. Vietnam has determined that it needs a stronger digital transformation in order to serve people, not to leave anyone behind.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, to join hands in developing digital technology, promoting digital transformation for a world of peace, cooperation and prosperity that directly today is the victory of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Conference ITU Minister should discuss to develop a digital strategy during and after the pandemic, including directions for the cooperation between ITU and member countries. Promote the construction of open standards for 5G network technology to create competition among manufacturers, reducing network construction costs. At the same time, find the unity of building international conventions on cyberspace to promote cooperation on the basis of ensuring cyber security, ensuring national sovereignty, rights and interests of citizens in space. network.

Technology is the key to overcoming a pandemic

ITU Ministerial Meeting: Collaborating on the mission of 'building a digital world together'
The ITU Ministerial Conference attracts many delegates from all over the world.

During the session, the ministers and representatives of ITU highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts and successes as the host country, hosting an international event in the form of direct duty for the first time. online.

Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union, said that over the past time we have seen the importance of ICT in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ITU member countries and partners have joined hands to go through the current difficult period and accelerate the speed of transition to the digital world, narrowing the digital gap around the world. This is an opportunity to share views and discuss the next important steps to make progress in ICT development without meeting face to face.

He also affirmed that ITU needs to mobilize resources, work closely with each other and that this event is the foundation to promote cooperation between partners, government agencies, businesses and organizations. society. “ITU is willing to cooperate to develop ICT infrastructure, together analyze and evaluate opportunities to speed up connected resources, develop industry and recover rapidly after the pandemic”, Secretary General Says the ITU.

Increase people’s access to technology

Global ICT industry leaders discussed policy changes as a result of Covid-19 to increase people’s access to IT through reduced service costs and costs.

Representatives of the Maldives said that during the epidemic period, government agencies and businesses worked together to help people not interrupt socio-economic activities thanks to the IT platform. The Internet becomes the most effective tool to ensure that even though people are socially isolated, they are still close in digital space.Many small islands are connected by 4G network, during times of social gap, all users Get access to free or discounted data plans.

Meanwhile, the representative from Cambodia said that translating Covid-19 gave this country the opportunity to promote more IT, digitize production, service and commercial activities, and maintain resistance to Sustainability of the socio-economy. “The rise of online activities has forced us to adjust in parallel with the epidemic response. Cambodia is one of the countries with the lowest Internet rates and we want to harmonize investment activities, promote 5G, broadband and IT applications.

The representative of Cambodia said that this country is implementing many policies to encourage extensive digital and IT activities, efforts to recover from the pandemic as well as develop digitalization in the country.

ITU Digital World 2020 will officially take place from October 20-22, 2020. In addition to the Conference of Ministers of ITU member countries and seminars, the online exhibition is considered an important highlight of the event to introduce countries’ digital transformation achievements; 2D or 3D online booths (Virtual booth) introduce products, services and solutions of organizations and businesses from other countries.

The online exhibition platform also allows businesses to interact directly with visitors, through surveys on the level of interest in products and services. Visiting the 3D booth is supported by many modern 3D technology features and visual images and videos, making the process of accessing and searching information come alive. This is a new experience for users. Visitors can use tablets, mobile phones, and even new technology equipment such as virtual reality glasses (AR / VR).

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What will visitors experience at ITU Virtual Digital World 2020?

What will visitors experience at ITU Virtual Digital World 2020?

Only a few days left, ITU Digital World 2020 will be officially opened with a three-day program of exhibitions and online conferences at the ministerial level with the participation of more than 50 countries, taking place from October 20-22. / 2020.


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