Laos to showcase ICT products at Vientiane expo
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The expo will feature exhibitions of new applications, devices, telecom operators, e-commerce businesses and finance technology.
A total of 150 exhibitors from the information and communications technology (ICT) sector will showcase their products and services at the upcoming Lao ICT Expo 2016.
The event was unveiled yesterday at a press conference in Vientiane, headed by the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Dr Thansamay Khommasith.
The Lao ICT Expo 2016 is the first of its kind and will take place from December 14-18 at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane.
The objective of the event is to showcase innovative and sustainable ICT developments and applications in Laos, including the use of information and communications technology in business to help boost the Lao economy.
It also aims to raise awareness about emerging technologies and bring the ICT sector closer to the general public.
The expo will feature exhibitions of new applications, devices, telecom operators, e-commerce businesses and finance technology.
In addition, the event will provide information to entrepreneurs, agencies and private enterprises on the use of ICT to increase efficiency, promote entrepreneurship, and streamline services.
Seminars on various topics related to ICT will be held, in which participants and experts will share their experience and knowledge related to ICT development and policies in Laos and abroad.
There will also be a focus on promoting e-commerce businesses by showcasing suppliers of agricultural products, cosmetics, medical devices and other consumer items.
Of particular interest to regular consumers at the expo are the special promotions on offer for ICT devices and accessories, with discounts ranging from 20-80 percent, including deals from telecom operators on mobile plans.
A demonstration of the new 5G smartphone and a special exhibit on how ICT is integrated into the Lao government, called “Smart Lao Government”, will also take place.
Other activities are also planned, with musicians from Laos and abroad scheduled to perform.
There will be a mobile application and website building competition, ICT start-up business plan competition, “ICT Super Vote Model 2016” competition, and an ICT beauty competition.
More than 20,000 visitors from the government, state enterprise organisations, IT development and management companies, telecommunication companies, entrepreneurs, ICT device users and students are expected to take part in the event.