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Terms of Reference V2.0

Definition of GIO

The GIO Roundtable (shortened to “GIO”) is an environment for discussion and open exchange amongst global industry organizations involved in digital transformation and ICT.

Motivators for the GIO

The expected impact of digital transformation will present both opportunities and challenges to many industry organizations. It is important to share experience in order to accelerate the common response from peer industry organisations through the use of anopen discussion platform working in an effective and sustainable manner.


Collaborating for Digital Economy Growth, Building a Better Intelligent World.


The GIO seeks to promote the digital transformation of multiple industries, including the ICT industry, by facilitating cooperation between relevant impacted global industry organizations. It seeks to provide multiple ‘enablers’ that will smooth the way for increased global productivity and services through the deployment of scalable and interoperable digital technologies.

Value proposition

The GIO is an environment where industry organisations can meet, share views, discuss challenges and consider means of cooperation on topics of common interest. It pursues its work in a complementary manner to that of the participating organizations by facilitating:

Cross industries collaboration

Identify breakpoints and challenges in business and technology and provide a forum for discussing (and potentially resolving) issues of common interest.

Cross technologies collaboration

Explore how information, communications, operations and production technologies can collaborate efficiently to jointly realize value creation.

Cross “industry direction-setting” collaboration

Explore synergies between major methods of industry development such as policymaking, trade association, standards definition, and open source.


Information exchange

Sharing best practices, insights and experience relating to digital transformation across multiple industries and regions. This may include cross education between different industry organisations.

Resource sharing

Where appropriate, encourage resource sharing among industry organizations in order to accelerate the industry and avoid unnecessary overlap.

Open cooperation

Where appropriate, communicate and coordinate on specific activities to improve the efficiency of industry development.

Consensus development

Act as a vehicle to gain consensus between participating industry organizations and reach win-win collaboration.



Open to all industrial organizations willing to promote digital transformation.


Within the GIO, all participating organizations have equal rights.


Encourage organizations from multiple industries and different regions to share ideas.


Provide a simple, light and agile environment where organizations may jointly discuss industry perspectives.


Any kind of industry organizations including: SDOs; Industry Shaping Fora; Open Source Communities; Vertical and Cross Verticals Alliances; policymaking bodies; etc., are welcome to participate in the GIO. All participants will aim to support the GIO’s mission by contributing to GIO activities and hosting GIO meetings as appropriate. New industry organizations are encouraged to join the GIO.

Operation Model V2.0

1· The GIO initiative was founded by Huawei in 2018 as the original GIO sponsor. 

2· The GIO is also open to additional sponsors who wish to offer resources and/or funding to enable the GIO operational support.

3· The GIO governance is performed by a Table of Representatives that is composed of high-profile delegates nominated by each participant Industry organisation and from the sponsors.  The Table of Representatives of GIO aims to meet on a bi-annual basis. 

4· The GIO will always seek to move forward based on consensus between all participating industry organisations.  Exceptionally, if any decision needs to be made by vote, this will be done on a majority basis with each member of the Table of Representatives having an equal vote.

5· The GIO is operated and administrated on a day-to-day basis by the GIO operations team, which consists of the experts provided by participating organizations and the GIO sponsors. 

6· GIO recognizes the need to occasionally form working groups (teams that come together to address topics of common interest with a view to producing output that can be used by all GIO participants), and communities of interest (discussion groups on topics of shared interest).

7· Working groups may be formed as needed in order to address specific topics of interest to the GIO. These working groups will regularly report on work group focus, work group members, anticipated deliverables and expected timeframes against an agreed template.  Participation in a working group is open to all participants in GIO.

A proposal to form a working group can be made by any GIO member.  The proposal is to be brought to the Operations team for discussion outlining the focus of the working group, anticipated deliverables, and initial members.  New working groups are formally discussed and agreed at the next Table of Representatives meeting, but can proceed with initial work based on agreement at the operations team level.

8· GIO will also aim to facilitate discussions between Communities of Interest on an ad hoc basis to enable them to discuss topics of specific interest. Participation in a Community of Interest is open to all participants in GIO.  A proposal to form a new Community of Interest is to be brought to the Operations team for discussion outlining the focus of the Community of Interest and any anticipated activities.  If the proposed Community of Interest is viewed as being within the appropriate scope of GIO and not in conflict with any agreed Working Groups, then the Community of Interest can proceed.  The Table of Representatives are to be informed of new Communities of Interest at the next Table of Representatives meeting.

9· Both Working Groups and Communities of Interest can be terminated at any time by the Table of Representatives.

10· The GIO sponsors may also fund specific research from industry organizations, commercial research organisations and academic institutions that are of general interest to the GIO.

11· Each participating industry organisation can volunteer to host and/or chair one or more of the bi-annual GIO meetings.

12· The host of each GIO meeting (who also can choose to be the chair of the GIO roundtable meeting) is selected at the previous GIO meeting.  

13· The host, supported by the GIO operations team, has the responsibility of organising the GIO meeting agenda and may also invite guest organizations to attend and participate in GIO-related meetings and events. The format of the GIO meeting shall be determined by the host following consultation with the other participating organizations.

14· GIO will establish the appropriate mechanisms to dynamically release GIO news, publicized outputs, and cooperative project information.

ICT Industry Organization
Aitificial Intelligence Industry Alliance
NetWorld Europe
China Communications Standards Association
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA)
JTC 1/SC42
Cross-industry Alliance
Edge Computing CONSORTIUM
UHD World Association (UWA)
Alliance of Industrial Internet
Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
Industrial Digital Twin Association (IDTA)
Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI)
Industrial Association
TM Forum
5G Media Action Group (5G MAG)
5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G ACIA)
SAC/TC 124
The Open Group
5G Automotive Association (5GAA)
China Society of Automotive Engineers
China Association for Medical Devices Industry
eco - Association of the Internet Industry
Think Thanks & Open Source etc.
The Linux Foundation
International Telecommunications Society (ITS)
China Info 100