Press Release

Press Release

Anticipating Its Members' and Industry Leaders' International Travel Constraints, SAMENA Council Announces Postponement of Leaders' Summit 2020 to Late June

March 9 - Dubai - In consideration of current travel restrictions announced across organizations, and requests received from private and public-sector industry leaders invited to participate in the Leaders' Summit 2020, SAMENA Telecommunications Council announces that the annual leadership gathering of business leaders and regional change-makers, originally scheduled to take place in Dubai on April 9th, will now be held later in June 2020. SAMENA Council will announce the new date in the coming weeks.

The agenda of the Leaders' Summit 2020 is centered on bringing Telecom and non-Telecom industries together to hold cross-industry discussions in order to build the case for 5G investments and to see how telecommunications technologies, especially 5G and associated technologies, can catalyze infusion of other industries across all walks of citizen life and layers of the human society in a wholesome, smartly integrated and beneficial manner.

However, in view of the prevailing health situation, SAMENA Council feels its fundamental objective of ensuring its Leaders' Summit's signature-class, comfortable business conference ambience for SAMENA Council Members, policymakers, business decision-makers, and experts, invited to delve into important discussions, may not be fulfilled. Thus, despite having put in place comprehensive health measures, it has been decided to take all constructive feedback from Members and the Industry into account and officially announce the postponement of the Leaders' Summit 2020.

CEO of SAMENA Council, Bocar BA, has stated that "For us to have a productive cross-industry dialogue with concerned decision-makers, it is absolutely essential that all concerned stakeholders are physically present during the power-packed discussions we have planned for the Leaders' Summit 2020. It is, however, equally important to us that inclusiveness as well as well-being of all industry leaders are ensured. SAMENA Council always endeavors toward fulfilling both of these objectives in all its leadership gatherings. I feel that our decision to postpone the leadership gathering from April to end of June, tentatively, will meet the approval of the Industry. SAMENA Council will communicate on this slight change in plans with invited personalities on an individual basis."

The SAMENA Council Leaders’ Summit is an annual leadership event, encompassing private and government sector leaders' gathering, business networking, innovation exhibition, various bi-lateral closed-door meetings among CEOs and Regulators, and expert panel discussions, held among stakeholders in business-conducive ambience. To be held under the theme “Harnessing 5G Across Industries", Leaders' Summit 2020 will take discussions from earlier editions of the Leaders’ Summit forward toward ensuring inclusiveness of other industries and verticals as the global Digital Economy evolves with the help of 5G technologies.


- END-