The 2020 edition of the Mobile World Congress, which was to be held between 24-27 February, has been cancelled by GSMA, the body that organizes the event, following the decision by several important exhibiting companies to cancel their attendance in view of the Coronavirus epidemic that began spreading in China, even though Catalonia and Barcelona are not affected by it.
In a public statement made alongside the directors of GSMA and the representatives of the various administrations and institutions involved, the president of Fira de Barcelona’s Board of Administration, Pau Relat, regretted the cancellation of the event, which has a significant impact on the economic activity of the city in terms of the jobs and synergies created of all kinds, of initiatives for companies and entrepreneurs. At the same time, he expressed “full understanding and respect for the difficult decision the GSMA has had to take”.
As the institution’s president said, Fira de Barcelona has been working side-by-side with GSMA, who it has been collaborating with for nearly 15 years, and the national authorities, the Generalitat, the councils of Barcelona and L’Hospitalet and other bodies, in a constant effort to hold the event with all possible safeguards.
Pau Relat stressed the efforts that GSMA have made to offer all attendees a safe environment through prevention and the adoption of measures for exhibitors and visitors, and praised the role of the Spanish and Catalan health authorities, with whom they have been in close contact at all times.
This crisis, the origins of which are neither in this country nor this city, has brought out something that we already knew, but which we think is worth underlining: the consensus between all institutions and organizations that this landmark event that is the Mobile World Congress, which has come of age in Barcelona, should stay here for many more years.
Both the organizers and the bodies involved have expressed their full commitment to working immediately on preparing the 2021 edition, with the idea of making it the best ever.