The GSMA’s prestigious Ministerial Programme brings together the most influential telecommunications leaders from across the world. Convening industry CEOs, ministers, telecom regulators, data protection authorities, identity authorities and senior representatives of international organisations, this unique forum expands knowledge, stimulates debate around current issues and provides an opportunity to engage with mobile industry experts on policy and regulatory topics.

Since launching in 2006, the Ministerial Programme’s popularity and scope has grown each year. In 2019, the event welcomed 2,000 senior-level participants, including governments from 150 countries and 40 international organisations.

The Ministerial Programme is an invitation-only event targeted at senior government and industry leaders. In 2019 attendance included:

  • National ministries including telecommunications, digital agenda, finance, gender and health
  • Telecommunications regulatory authorities, data protection authorities, identity authorities and central banks
  • Senior leadership from selected city governments
  • Senior representatives from selected international organisations and intergovernmental bodies
  • C-level and senior regulatory representatives from the mobile industry
  • The 2019 Ministerial Programme featured:

    A three-day agenda centred on the digital citizen
    Daily themes on the Rise of the Digital Citizen, Modernising Policy for the Digital Citizen, and Innovating for the Digital Citizen.

    Technology changing the world
    Does the advent of technologies such as blockchain and AI create new value for governments and the services they offer?

    New digital divide
    With the arrival of 5G in some advanced economies, are we in danger of a new digital divide?

    Ask the regulator
    A highly interactive format – by regulators, for regulators – presenting innovative tools and strategies for improving and streamlining regulation.

    Prediction panel
    What do we forecast for the industry in 2020? This year’s programme concluded by offering five industry predictions for government and industry leaders to debate.

    High level roundtables and bilateral meetings
    The GSMA brings together governments and representatives of the mobile industry for focused discussions on specific opportunities and challenges of mobile.

    Extensive networking opportunities
    Opportunities to engage with your peers over daily lunches and evening receptions

    Next year the Ministerial Programme will return to Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from 24-26 February 2020.

    Invitations are sent to governments and international organisations in September and to industry in December.

    Please visit us again closer to the time for updated event themes and eligibility criteria.

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