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SAMENA Telecommunications Council announces that the annual congregation of global and regional leaders, the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit, bringing market and government-sector representation from multiple continents, will be held in Dubai on May 15th.

With the overall patronage of TDRA-UAE and partnership from the UAE Cyber Security Council for the event and the ITU, the SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit 2023 represents the leading collaboration of MOBILY, YANDEX, and HUAWEI and strategic support from stc Group and Zain Group, as well as members’ ecosystem support from Avaya. The Leaders’ Summit is to be held under the theme “Sustainable Connectivity and Emerging Ecosystems in Digital Economy” at Atlantis – The Palm, Dubai.

The annual international industry leadership conference will bring renowned regional and global private-sector players to delve into discussions centered on ICT Infrastructure Requirements in Emerging Markets; SA-ME-NA Digital Services Landscape & New Digital Enablers; Multi-Dimensional Approaches in Cybersecurity; Evolution of 5G Digital Technologies; Future Mobile and Metaverse based Life and Business; the Need for New Frequency Allocations for Telecom Operators; Non-Terrestrial Network Integration; and overall Value-Creation, among other important subject areas.

Officially announcing the Leaders' Summit 2023 to the industry, Bocar BA, CEO and Board Member, stated: “For over a decade, the Leaders' Summit has positioned issues, the Industry’s needs, private-sector players, and leaders. The 2023 edition of the Leaders' Summit aims to contribute to the global advocacy momentum on addressing digital transformation challenges, including those related to partnerships, collaboration, security, sustainability, and investment. Moreover, Leaders' Summit 2023 serves as a progress-measuring tool with respect to work being done regionwide on the 17 SDGs, building secure ICT infrastructure across emerging markets, revisiting stakeholder inclusion, trust-building, creating an enabling environment, and facilitating the ICT sector players by advocating for the right incentives and resources to deliver on a complex set of expectations.”

The Leaders’ Summit 2023 encompasses dialogue, debate, and discourse-based engagement among cross-industry stakeholders, globally-renowned technology firms, emerging digital ecosystem leaders, policy-making bodies, advocacy institutions, change-drivers and digital economy enablers, as well as decision-makers on industry issues, real-life problems and challenges, seeking implementable solutions and supporting the fulfillment of objectives of the Member States, the ITU, the UN Broadband Commission, and the Private Sector at large.

Since 2018, the SAMENA Council’s Leaders’ Summit has been focused on 5G, which has catalyzed a positive impact on 5G planning and development in the region, empowered cross-industry participation and supported policy and regulatory consideration. The Summit has provided the SA-ME-NA region’s stakeholders with visibility on what to expect and prepare for in the new Digital Age. In 2023, the Council aims to address the evolution of 5G digital technologies and 5.5G ecosystem development requirements, building 21st century financial and telecom synergies, enabling digital competence and boosting the region’s digital economy, and supporting constructive enablement of a secure Cyberspace.

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