• Date
    11-14 May 2016
  • Location
    Sharm El-Sheikh
  • Visitors
    500+ Attendees
  • Speakers
    30+ Speakers
  • Global Symposium for Regulators
    GSR16 - Egypt
    Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
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    Global Symposium for Regulators
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Be Empowered, Be Included!

Building Blocks for Smart Societies in a Connected World

The 16th edition of the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 11 to 14 May 2016.

A series of GSR pre-events will take placeon 11 May.They include a Thematic Pre-Conference for a Global Dialogue on Digital Financial Inclusion with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and in collaboration with other partners.

The Regional Regulatory Associations Meeting and Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officers Meeting will also be held on 11 May.

Meet Our Speakers

Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Chairman of the Board, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Egypt
H.E. Mr Yasser ElKady
Minister of Communications and Information Technolog
    Mr Houlin Zhao
    Mr Houlin Zhao
    Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
      Mr Brahima Sanou
      Mr Brahima Sanou
      Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU
        Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahed, Executive President, NTRA, Egypt
        Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahed
        Executive President, NTRA, Egypt
          Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt
          Mr Tamer Gadalla
          Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt
            Chief, Department of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, ITU/BDT
            Mr Kemal Huseinovic
            Chief, Department of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, ITU/BDT
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              Mr Ibrahim Sarhan
              Chairman & Managing Director, e-finance, Egypt
                Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority,  Bahamas
                Ms Kathleen Riviere-Smith
                Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, Bahamas
                  President of the Regulatory Board, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes, Gabon
                  Mr Lin Mombo
                  President of the Regulatory Board, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes, Gabon
                    Mr Kalpak Gude, Vice-President Legal and Regulatory, Oneweb
                    Mr Kalpak Gude
                    Vice-President Legal and Regulatory, Oneweb
                      Programme

                      BE EMPOWERED, BE INCLUDED
                      Building Blocks for Smart Societies in a Connected World

                      • 11 May
                        Day 1
                      • 12 May
                        Day 2
                      • 13 May
                        Day 3
                      • 14 May
                        Day 4
                      • Global Dialogue on Digital Financial Inclusion
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                      8:00 - 09:30 Delegates Registration

                      09:00 - 09:30 Opening Ceremony

                      45-512
                      09:30 - 11:00 SESSION 1:
                      Digital Financial Services: The State Of Play ---- + More ...

                      Ensuring full digital financial inclusion is of utmost importance in a digital world where more people have a mobile phone than a bank account. Reducing not only the digital divide but also the financial/banking divide will contribute to alleviating poverty by empowering the population at the base of the pyramid and ultimately foster social and economic growth.
                           
                      Different digital and mobile banking models have been developed, following different regulatory and policy approaches leading to various experiences and degrees of successes. Learning from these experiences, the regulatory frameworks in place, the co-existence and interconnection of the banking and ICT ecosystems, the various roles of financial and ICT regulators and the views of the market players will help shape the discussions on means to achieve digital financial inclusion.
                           
                      Panellists will share their views, experiences and success stories on topics such as:
                           
                      • Definition of digital financial inclusion. How can digital financial services contribute to poverty alleviation? Where do we stand today?
                      • What are the pathways to digital financial services? What kinds of digital financial services are available for end users, SMEs? Adoption/usage of electronic payments, micro-credits and loans, savings, insurance, digital remittances, etc.
                      • Overview of the existing digital transactions models and payment platforms, mobile money strategies, emerging business models and innovative technologies in use
                      • What regulation is needed to support effectively the bank-Led and non-bank-led (operator and third party) models and interaction? What is the interplay between both regulatory frameworks? Does existing regulation cover new digital finance service providers?
                      • Who is in charge of regulating? What role do key stakeholders play, in particular financial and ICT regulators?

                      11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break

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                      11:15 - 12:45 SESSION 2:
                      Prospects And Challenges: Setting It Right ---- + More ...

                      Panellists will share their experiences and views on the major challenges and risks currently preventing the digital financial ecosystem from developing into a competitive and innovative way to effectively reach the poor. In an environment where banking and telecom/ICT regulations co-exist and intersect, how to ensure consistency, coordination, avoid overlaps and mitigate risks?
                       
                      • Technical gaps: reliability and security of networks, interoperability of platforms, enabled devices, standards setting to ensure security of transactions, authentication of users, etc
                      • Business and commercial gaps: sustainability, return on investment, online payment platforms, taxation, advances in digital payments risk mitigation (fraud), interplay of existing and new actors in a broaden digital financial services value chain
                      • Regulatory gaps: ensuring a level playing field, how to prevent de facto monopoly position of dominant service providers, number and data portability, interoperability, quality of service, universal access (gender inclusive), consumer protection (privacy and data protection, prevent misuse, recourse mechanisms) regional and international harmonization of regulation, etc

                      12:45 - 14:00 Lunch

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                      14:00 - 15:15 SESSION 3:
                      Shaping Collaborative Approaches To Promote Digital Financial Services---- + More ...

                      This interactive panel will examine the respective roles and responsibilities of the financial and ICT regulators and market players involved, discuss how to build synergies and identify collaborative approaches to address existing challenges, promote and enable digital financial inclusion to turn today’s challenges into tomorrow’s digital financial opportunities for all.

                      15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break

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                      15:30 - 16:00 SESSION 4:
                      The Way Forward – Closing ---- + More ...

                      This final session will bring it all together by identifying potential options as well as concrete actions needed from all stakeholders to move forward the digital financial inclusion agenda. Collaborative guiding measures will be presented for adoption by participants.

                      • Global Regulators – Industry Dialogue (GRID) sessions
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                      09:00 - 10:00 Opening Ceremony
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                      - H.E. Mr Yasser ElKady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and Chairman of the Board, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Egypt
                      - Mr Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union
                      - Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), ITU
                      - Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahed, Executive President, National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Egypt
                       

                      10:00 - 10:15 Coffee Break/ Photo Opportunity

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                      10:15 - 12:00 ​Leadership debate:
                      Beyond 2020 - Challenges, opportunities, scenarios + More ...

                      Keynote: Mr Kemal Huseinovic, Chief, Department of Infrastructure, Enabling Environment and E-Applications, ITU/BDT
                      Moderator: Mr Brahima Sanou, BDT Director, ITU
                      Panelists:
                      - Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahed, Executive President, NTRA, Egypt
                      - Ms Kathleen Riviere-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, Bahamas
                      - Mr Ibrahim Sarhan, Chairman & Managing Director, e-finance, Egypt
                      - Mr Lin Mombo, President of the Regulatory Board, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes, Gabon
                      - Mr Tamer Abdel Aziz Shehata Gadalla, Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Egypt
                      - Mr Kalpak Gude, Vice-President Legal and Regulatory, Oneweb
                             
                      This leadership debate will examine: ​
                      ​- Artificial Intelligence, smart sensors, smart networks – where do we go from here?
                      - As things get smarter, will smart machines take over?
                      - What are the kind of policy and regulatory frameworks needed to ensure disruptive technologies bring new opportunities for all in a sustainable manner?
                      - How to maintain trust in ICTs in an era of big data, Internet of everything, machine learning and smart digital environments?
                      - How can consumers get smarter?
                      - Will it be business as usual?

                      12:00 - 14:00 Lunch / Press Conference

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                      14:00 - 15:30 ​Session 1 – A changing regulatory landscape:
                      Collaborative regulation – how to pave the road towards adoption of IoT, M2M?​ + More..

                      Moderator: Dr Amr Badawi, First Deputy Minister of Finance for Institutional Development, Egypt
                      Panelists:
                         
                      - Mr Mohammad Azizi, Chairman, Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA), Afghanistan
                      - Mr Harinderpal Singh Grewal, Cluster Director (Resource & Interconnection Management), InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA)
                      - Mr René Dönni Kuoni, Vice-Director, Office Fédéral de la Communication (OFCOM), Switzerland
                      - Mr Daniel Tang, Chief Technology Officer Fixed Network Solutions, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd
                      - Mr Giacomo Mazzone, Head of Institutional Relations, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
                         
                      ​This session will explore: ​
                      Setting the context
                      – impact (efficiency, QoS, resilience of infrastructure and sustainability)
                      – Redefining collaboration along the value chain from infrastructure to services to institutions: smart infrastructure, smart transport, smart grid, smart delivery of services, smart health, smart financial services, smart education, smart businesses How does ICT link with and contribute to other sectors and what is needed in te​rms of regulation
                      – case study on smart energy/grids Challenges
                      – the case of energy efficiency for ICT development​

                      15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break

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                      15:45 - 17:00 Session 2 – Digital Financial Inclusion
                      how to include the unbanked and unconnected in today’s smart society? + More ...

                      Moderator: Mr. Shoyla Taylor, Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)
                      Panelists:
                      - H.E. Dr Ghazi Al Jobor, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, CEO, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), Jordan
                      - Mr Hemant Baijal, Vice-President, Mastercard
                      - Dr Safa Nassereldin, Chairperson, FTTH Council MENA
                      - Mr Thierry Millet, Director, financial and mobile services, Orange Mobile Money
                      - Eng. Ayman Hussein, Assistant Sub-Governor, Information Technology and Payment Systems, Central Bank of Egypt
                      - Mr Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA
                           
                      This session will be an interactive panel session on:​
                         
                      - How to include the unbanked and unconnected in today’s smart society?
                      - Collaborative regulation to foster an enabling environment for digital financial services​

                      • Global Regulators – Industry Dialogue (GRID) sessions
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                      09:00 - 10:30 Session 3: Future technology developments:
                      Opportunities, challenges and business strategies​​ + More ...

                      Moderator: Mr Jacques Stern, Board Member, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes, France
                      Panelists:
                      - Ms Katheryn Martin, Director, Access Partnership, author of the GSR Discussion Paper on emerging technologies nad the global regulatory agenda
                           
                      - Col. Dr Natee Sukonrat, Vice-Chairman, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, Thailand
                      - Mr Ahmed Osama, Vice-President, Telecom Egypt
                      - Mr Patrick Masambu, Deputy Director-General and Director Technical Affairs, ITSO
                      - Mr Peter Pitsch, Global Executive Director, Intel Corporation
                      - Mr Shiv Bakhshi, Vice-President, Industry Relations, Ericsson
                           
                      This session will examine :
                       
                      - Futur​e technologies: Drones, nano-satellites, Wifi, M2M/5G (HetNet), Future cables, NFV, WebRTC
                      - What are the requirements for future technologies? Reliability, latency, integrity and safety, openness, quality?
                      - Preparing the regulatory landscape: what kind of regulation is needed and who is in charge?
                      - Spectrum as a tool for innovation – where do we stand post WRC 2015? What are the new frontiers?
                      - 5G: what to expect? A revolution or an evolution?

                      10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

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                      10:45 - 12:00 Session 4: Be empowered!
                      What ICTs can do for you! + More...

                      Moderator: Dr Dražen Lučić, President of the Council, Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM)
                      Panelists:
                       
                      - Mr Scott Minehane, Windsor Place Consulting, author of the GSR Discussion Paper on the App economy
                      - Mr German Arias, Executive Director, Comisión de Regulación de Comunicaciones, Colombia
                      - Mr Antonio Preto, Commissioner, Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni, Italy
                      - Mr Charles Millogo, Director-General, Autorité de Régulation des Communications électroniques et des Postes, Burkina Faso - Mr Theo Cosmora, Chief Executive Officer, Socialeco
                      - Mr Raul Echeberria, Vice President, Internet Society​
                           
                      ​This session will examin​e: ​
                      ​- What ​does the ecosystem look like today
                      - Do free basic services empower communities and Individuals?
                      - Business and investment incentives and sustainability in a collaborative economy – how the mass adoption of connected digital technologies and applications by consumers, enterprises, and governments is driving strategic and operational decisions and creating opportunities to empower citizens and business.
                      - How extending access must be accompanied by the development of relevant content and new services so that innovation and entrepreneurship can be fostered and local digital platforms and content can help develop local digital economies.

                      12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
                      Information Session on "Let's Roam the World (IMR) Initiative"

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                      14:00 -15:30 Session 5: Be Included!
                      + More ...

                      Moderator: Mr Abdoulkarim Soumailia, Secretary-General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
                      Panelists:
                       
                      - Mr Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority, India
                      - Mr Hichem Besbes, President, Instance Nationale des Télécommunications, Tunisia
                      - Mr Mohamed El-Manae, CEO, Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), Qatar
                      - Mr Khaled Hegazy, Director External Affairs, Vodafone Egypt
                      - Ms Rwan Nabil Mohamed Abdel Hamid, Student, Cairo University
                           
                      ​This panel Discussion will examine​:​
                         
                      ​- Improving digital skills for new business opportunities/SMEs​
                      - Smart policie​s and regulatory measures: entrepreneurship in a smart, collaborative economy - monetizing apps and smart services, cloud services, networks, crowdsourcing – crowdfunding
                      ​- What can regulators do to facilitate entrepreneurship in a digital economy? ​
                       

                      15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break

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                      15:45 - 17:00 Session 6: Real life impact of smart societies
                      How to maintain trust?​ + More...

                      Moderator: Mr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
                      Panelists:
                      - Prof. Douwe Korff, Emeritus Professor of International Law, London Metropolitan University, author of the GSR discussion paper on Maintaining Trust in a Connected Society
                      - Mr Kijoo Lee, Commissioner, Korea Communications Commission (KCC), Rep. of Korea
                      - Dr Sherif Hashem, Vice-President Cybersecurity, Head of Council WG on COP, NTRA, Egypt
                      - Mr Ahmed Mosharafa, Student, Nile University
                      This interactive debate will see panellists share their views on privacy, trust and cybersecurity – the foundation for the development of our smart society (e.g., securing e-commerce/ financial transactions, digital identity)​        
                      Cyberdrill: Prof. Dr Marko Gercke, Director, Cybercrime Research – illustration of what needs to be done when there is a cyberattack

                      • Global Regulators-Industry Dialogue (GRID)
                      08:00 - 09:30 Director’s Breakfast (upon Invitation Only)

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                      9:00 - 09:30 Information Session On Universal Service Reform Programme

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                      09:45 - 12:15 Regulator Track :: GSR16 Best Practices Guidelines
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                      GSR16 best practice guidelines: Discussion and adoption
                      This session will address the GSR best Practice Ggidelines with a view to their adoption by regulators.
                       
                      - Eng. Mustafa Abdul Wahed, Executive President, NTRA, Egypt
                             
                      Meet the Regulators – Exchange Platform between regulators – e.g. Content, Telecoms, Financial Services, and Energy?
                      Regulators will share their experiences and expertise, not only in the ICT/telecommunications sector, but also in terms of how ICT/telecommunications interacts with other regulation so that they can define tools and guidelines to leverage their head start on regulation in a collaborative, 4th, and even 5th generation ICT regulatory environment.
                         
                      Moderator: Mr Manuel Ruiz Emilio Gutiérrez, President of the Board, Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Costa Rica
                             
                      Keynotes
                      - Mr Gary Schwartz – the future of regulation in an era of IoT - Mr Marko Gercke – Regulators Role in a Cyber World
                           
                      Panelists:
                      - H.E. Mr Abdulaziz Al Ruwais, Governor, Communications and Information Technology Commission, Saudi Arabia
                      - Mr Giacomo Mazzone, Head of Institutional Relations, European Broadcasting Union
                      - Ambassador Hisham Badr, Assistant Foreign Minister for Multiple Affairs, Security and International Parties, Egypt
                       

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                      09:45 - 12:15 Industry Track :: Industry Leaders Debate
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                      Industry leaders debate – Impact of open innovation and new business models on collaborative regulation Open innovation, shared resources, and networked business models are key components of innovations and new developments in most industries, including ICTs. Companies cannot develop and control everything alone, but will use services from other companies and open their own services to third parties. Success may depend more on how companies can be a hub in the ICT ecosystem than just on building and owning infrastructure. This session will allow participants to exchange on business models, partnership models and regulation.
                           
                      Opening remarks: Mr Brahima Sanou, BDT Director, ITU
                           
                      Moderator: Dr Shiv Bakhshi, Vice-President Industry Relations, Ericsson
                           
                      Panelists:
                      - Mr Carlos Cornejo, Senior Vice-President, MasterCard
                      - Mr Yves Gauthier, Chief Executive Officer, Orange, Egypt
                      - Mr Zarrar Khan, Chief Technology Officer, Viva, Kuwait
                      - Mr Rashid Shafi, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer, Multinet, Pakistan
                       
                      Industry Leaders Debate – Regulatory KPIs
                      This session will examine Regulatory KPIs in a 1st to 4th Generation Regulation Context – ICT Regulatory Tracker as Basis for Discussion.
                             
                      Moderator: Mr Jose Toscano, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, ITSO
                      Presentation of ICT Regulatory Tracker: Mr Kemal Huseinovic, Chief, IEE Department, ITU/BDT
                             
                      Panelists:
                      - Mr Bocar Ba, Chief Executive Officer, SAMENA Telecommunications Council andCRO Chair
                      - Mr Yury Grin, Deputy General Director, Intervale, Russian Federation
                      - Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (Du), UAE
                      - Mr Graeme Bowker, Vice-President, Government Services, N-SOFT
                       

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                      12:15 - 13:30 Way Forward And Closing Ceremony:
                      + More...

                      Way forward
                      - Presentation of GSR16 Best Practices
                      - Summary of Pre-event Workshops
                      - Presentation of CRO and RA reports
                      Moderator: Mr Brahima Sanou, BDT Director
                      Panelists:
                      - H.E. Mr Yasser ElKady, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Chairman of the Board of Directors, NTRA, Egypt
                      - Mr Bocar Ba, CEO, Samena Telecommunications Council, CRO Chair
                      - RA Chair
                             
                      Highlights Video
                      Closing ceremony

                      13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

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                      Located right at the main artery of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Maritim Jolie Ville International Congress Center is only 15 minutes away from the city center Naama Bay and five minutes from Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. With a varied range of facilities and latest in conference equipment and technologies for international conferences, Maritim Jolie Ville International Congress Center ranks among the biggest, most advanced and most successful congress venues in the Middle East, which makes it the perfect venue for an important event such as the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-16), taking place from 11 to 14 May 2016, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with the Government of Egypt.