Programme

Fifth Global Standards Symposium

Charting the Next Digital Wave: Emerging Technologies, Innovation, and International Standards

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome Coffee

9:30 – 10:00 Opening Ceremony

  • H.E. Mr Devusinh Chauhan, Minister of State for Ministry of Communications, Government of India
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General, ITU
  • Seizo Onoe, D​irector, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
  • Rajkumar Upadhyay, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Project Board at Centre for Development of Telematics & Chairman of GSS-24

10:00 – 11:00 Session 1: Innovate, collaborate, thrive – crafting tomorrow’s AI governance with international standards

AI development poses global challenges. International standards can support policy goals where global governance is needed, in particular, by spreading beneficial systems and practices, facilitating trust, and encouraging efficient development of advanced systems. Join this thought-provoking panel discussion that dives into the dynamic intersection of international standards and AI. Panellists will share insights on the pivotal role of international standards in shaping the future of AI, facilitate global collaboration and industry impact.

Moderator: Bilel Jamoussi, Deputy Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU

  • Sergio Mujica, Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • Philippe Metzger, Secretary-General and CEO, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • Jan Ellsberger, Director-General, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
  • Karen McCabe, Senior Director, Public Affairs IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA)
  • Roman Danyliw, Area Director, Security, and Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)

11:00 – 11:10 World Standards Cooperation Ceremony: Advancing the voluntary consensus-based International Standards system

On the occasion of World Standards Day, join this pivotal session to hear from leaders who will deliver insightful speeches on the crucial role of international standards in shaping the landscape of emerging technologies, fostering innovation, and steering the course for the next digital wave. Gain a profound understanding of how global collaboration in standardization is essential for ensuring interoperability, security, and sustainability in the rapidly evolving digital realm.

  • Seizo Onoe, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
  • Sergio Mujica, Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  • Philippe Metzger, Secretary-General and CEO, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Questions & Answers

11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 High level segment: Catalyzing change: Industry & ministerial leaders crafting the future of innovation

Dive into the future of innovation with our exclusive session. This sophisticated high-level segment brings together ministers, CEOs, mayors and academic presidents in a setting that is nothing short of innovative.

Witness first-hand the collaborative spirit as the session unfolds, with each minister contributing insights and posing questions that spark a lively exchange with industry leaders. This session promises to be a ground-breaking segment where industry and ministerial leaders synergize their efforts to craft the future of innovation, driving change on a global scale.

Moderator: Rajkumar Upadhyay, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Project Board at Centre for Development of Telematics & Chairman of GSS-24

  • H.E. Mr Nape Nnauye, Minister, Ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology, Tanzania (United Republic of)
  • H.E. Mr Eliud Owalo, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications & The Digital Economy, Kenya (Republic of)
  • H.E. Ms Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister, Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana
  • H.E. Mr Mauricio Lizcano Arango, Minister, Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, Colombia
  • H.E. Mr Daniel Ernesto, Méndez Cabrera, Secretary of Innovation, Secretariat of Innovation, El Salvador
  • Carlos Baigorri, President, National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL), Brazil (Federative Republic of)
  • Philip Besiimire, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Vodacom Tanzania
  • Julissa Cruz Abreu, Executive Director, Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (INDOTEL), Dominican Republic
  • Paul Foster, Chief Executive Officer, Global Esports Federation, Singapore (Republic of)
  • Javier Juarez Mojica, President, Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico
  • Parthsarathi Trivedi, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Skylo Technologies
  • Alberto Hernando de Castro, CEO and Founder, Kido Dynamics
  • Masakazu Yamashina, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President and Co-COO, NEC, Japan

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 14:45 Blockchain Secure Authentication (BSA) Application Challenge Ceremony

The ITU BSA Application Challenge aims to promote the utilization of passwordless multi factor authentication based on blockchain in digital financial services applications to address vulnerabilities in authentication processes based on traditional passwords in digital finance. The challenge is aimed at developers in developing countries with the objectives to promote the adoption and skills necessary for deploying BSA authentication, to showcase the robust authentication protocols grounded in blockchain technology. The winners of the BSA Application Challenge will be announced during the session.

14:45 – 15:45 Session 2: Interconnected futures: Open source and Standards

Global standards, especially in the field of networks and communications have enabled interoperability, security and provided key benefits to users and network operators alike. However, the future of emerging technologies is intertwined also with open source – a driving force shaping innovation. Open source has evolved as “de facto standards”, providing implementers with much-needed reference tools and baselines for putting standards to work. Open source plays an important part in enabling collaboration, transparency, and access to technology and standards.

Moderator: Daniel Goldscheider, Founder of the OpenWallet Foundation

15:45 – 16:15 U4SSC KPI ceremony

  • Seizo Onoe, D​irector, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
  • Dae-ho Choi, Mayor of Anyang, Korea (Rep. of)
  • Kjell Neergaard, Mayor of Kristiansund, Norway
  • Akosua Asabea Annoh, Mayor of Abuakwa South Municipal Assembly, Kyebi, Ghana
  • Dmitry Ontoev, Advisor to the Minister of the Government of Moscow and the Head of the Department of Information Technologies of Moscow (DIT)

16:15 – 17:15 Session 3: Fostering public services & industry innovation – How AI and metaverse are reshaping our world

Discover the transformative potential of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the metaverse and the potential challenges they bring. In this engaging panel discussion, industry experts and thought leaders will explore how the convergence of these emerging technologies and how they can revolutionize key areas, such as public services, city planning, and smart manufacturing. Gain insights into innovative solutions driving positive change to achieve the sustainable development goals.

Moderator:  Cristina Bueti, Counsellor, ITU

  • Andrey Koucheryavy, Professor of Telecommunication Networks and Data transmission, St. Petersburg University of Telecommunications
  • Ebtesam Almazrouei, Expert AI Executive & Tech Visionary Leader, United Arab Emirates
  • Manuel Barreiro, CEO & Founder, Aston Group
  • Jun Li, Vice President, China Telecommunications Corporation, China
  • Rebecca Mukite, Head Public and International Relations, Uganda Communications Commission

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee Break

17:30 – 17:45 Closing ceremony and outcome document

  • Rajkumar Upadhyay, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Project Board at Centre for Development of Telematics & Chairman of GSS-24