The GSMA has announced that all pending events in 2020, part of the Mobile 360 2020 conferences, will transition to virtual events. This is because due to the global circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 crisis, it is impossible to host in-person events.
“Health and safety remain our top priority and we are working to ensure all future events meet the high standard we are known for… We are proud of the GSMA Mobile 360 Series of events for convening governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem all over the world. The series brings timely industry discussions directly to relevant geographies to cultivate regional engagement and advance the impact of mobile technology,” said GSMA in a statement.
(TOP: Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, Rwanda’s former Minister for Youth and ICT speaks at a previous Mobile 360 forum).
“We will miss being with you in person but, we know, that large gatherings with international audiences create increased risk. So, we look forward to hearing from you as we plan virtual agendas to ensure connectivity, collaboration, and momentum continue.”
Among the pending events include the GSMA Mobile 360 which was scheduled for Kigali, Rwanda at the end of September; the Digital Societies forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October; and the Mobile 360 conference for Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Our sincere thoughts remain with those affected around the world in these trying times.
Earlier this month, the GSMA announced the launch of a new series of virtual events and forums called GSMA Thrive series, with the inaugural GSMA Thrive China event set for June 30 – July 2, 2020.
The first major event which the GSMA had to cancel due to the Covid-19 crisis was the Mobile World Congress which is always held in Barcelona.