Rumors pointed to an extraordinary meeting of the GSMA (organizing entity of MWC) this Friday, in order to assess the feasibility of the fair. However, several Spanish press agencies say the meeting has been brought forward to today and a verdict is already in place.
According to Niusdiario and EFE, the GSMA decided to proceed with the Mobile World Congress. Therefore, the largest mobile technology fair in the world will even take place between February 24th and 27th, 2020.
Speaking to Reuters, the GSMA says: “The new coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation, which the GSMA is monitoring closely. This includes regular meetings with global and Spanish health experts – and also with our partners – to ensure the well-being of participants.
We already implemented additional health measures before MWC 2020 and will continue to seek specialized medical advice on a regular basis.“
The organization of the Mobile World Congress remains confident in the viability of this event, despite all the adversities that surround it. To get a sense, more than 30 companies have already canceled their participation in the fair in Barcelona.
GSMA will only cancel MWC if it gets any financial assistance
Without anything being officially advanced, it is said that the event will only be canceled if the Spanish government declares a state of emergency. Should this happen, this will allow the GSMA to seek monetary compensation.
If this special regime is not declared by the Spanish entities, the organization will cause a high financial loss. Apparently, the GSMA is putting its financial health above the health of everyone who can attend MWC.
As this consortium told Reuters, this is not a final decision. Coronavirus evolution will be constantly monitored, so your final decision may change until the fair starts.
EBox editors recommend: