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David Cameron makes space for CeBIT 2014 in the diary

CeBIT 2014 has announced its highest profile guest yet with UK Prime Minister David Cameron set to join his German counterpart at the technology conference.

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The conference and expo, which takes place from 10 to 14 March in Hanover, Germany, focuses on Datability and Cameron has been enlisted to make a speech at the opening ceremony on 9 March from 18:00 CET, according to PCR.

He will speak alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as Stephan Weil, president of Lower Saxony; Professor Dieter Kempf, President of BITKOM; and Professor Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management at Volkswagen.

Cameron’s speech comes after the United Kingdom was announced in September 2013 as a partner country for this year’s conference and it firms up a commitment by two respective IT industries to collaborate more closely.

As part of that deal there will be a German-British Summit on the opening day of the conference on 10 March and it’s so far unclear whether Cameron and Merkel will be in attendance.

Cameron and Merkel aside, there is a raft of other reasons to attend this year’s conference namely the presence of various industry pioneers giving keynote addresses to attendees. This includes Apple co-founder Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak, Wikipedia’s and security expert Eugene Kaspersky as well as many more notable personalities.

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