President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Monday, 10 September 2018, open the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) have been at the heart of economic changes for more than a decade. ICT sector plays an important role, notably by contributing to rapid technological progress and productivity growth.
The conference is expected to attract 7000 delegates including senior members of government, leaders of multilateral organizations, regulators and entrepreneurs. The theme for this year is “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development”.
Discussions and showcases will feature the latest developments in technology such as preparations for 5G networks, impact and ownership of Artificial Intelligence and the risks of a smarter world. It will also afford small businesses an opportunity to partner with other entrepreneurs and to seek potential investors.
This annual conference is being held on the African continent for the first time and it coincides with the centennial anniversary of Tata Nelson Mandela who was the first democratic South African President to address the ITU in 1995.
This year’s conference takes forward Madiba’s vision of using technology for development and ensuring that nobody is left behind.