Lithuanian Transport and Communications Minister attends WSIS +20 Forum High-Level Event in Geneva, discusses closer cooperation on transport innovation

  • 2024-05-28
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania

This week Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis is paying a working visit to Geneva, where he will participate in the high-level events of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). He will also moderate a joint Lithuanian-Singaporean discussion on connectivity and will meet with the heads of the world's largest container shipping company MSC, ministers, diplomats and representatives of international organisations and other countries, with whom he will discuss the closer cooperation in the fields of transport, telecommunications, innovation and the information society.

During the visit, which will take place on 27-30 May, Mr Skuodis and members of the Lithuanian delegation will present the Lithuanian telecommunications sector and will discuss the potential of international cooperation and achievements in promoting transport innovation. A meeting is scheduled with Ms Renata Dwan, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology, as well as representatives of MSC. MSC, through its subsidiary, operates the Klaipėdos Smeltės terminal in the Port of Klaipėda and distributes containers in the Baltic region.

At the WSIS Forum's high-level events, representatives of the Lithuanian delegation will present Lithuania's connectivity achievements, share best practices to ensure smooth broadband deployment, and outline the measures envisaged for the rapid rollout of 5G connectivity across Lithuania, including the innovation-driven initiative, the 5G Sandbox.

In total, almost €24 million has been allocated to the Sandbox tool in Lithuania. By mid-2026, 24 smart solutions using 5G communication technology will be implemented in different areas.

The WSIS Forum is an annual event with several thousand participants from different countries and international organisations. This year's WSIS is organised by the Swiss Confederation and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where Lithuanian representative Tomas Lamanauskas has been elected Deputy Secretary General.

In Geneva, the Minister will also moderate a joint Lithuanian-Singaporean roundtable discussion on “Small States towards meaningful connectivity: lessons learned & future perspective”, which Lithuania has initiated and co-organised with Singaporean colleagues. The discussion, which will bring together ministers and other high-level representatives from different countries, will share experiences and knowledge on connectivity and e-services, and seek common solutions to the challenges and ways to provide future guidance to all small states.

The Lithuanian delegation will present the results of the discussion to Ms Renata Dwan, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology, whose UN unit is coordinating the development of the new Global Digital Compact.

The visit will also include a high-level meeting to support Lithuania's candidate for the post of Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF).