ITU telecom world 2018 underway in Durban

South Africa, Durban is currently hosting the 2018 ITU telecom. The meeting opened on Monday the 10th and will be concluding on Thursday the 13th  .In attendance is a large of delegation of leading business and political figures in the technology and communication space. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and the country, Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane.

The ITU telecom world 2018 is an annual global Information and communication technology (ICT) conference organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is in charge information and communication technologies.

South Africa’s hosting of the ITU is preparation for the 4th industrial revolution, in recognition of the indispensable and important role technology is having on world and life today. Hosting the event and can also lead to a number of legacy project allow the government to align its policies to develop the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem.

South Africa movement towards 5G was also one of the key discussions point at the conference. 5G can create a valuable opportunity for South African and Africa by leapfrog 5G development can bridge the gap between the advanced and less developed.

Digital everyone which means to preparing citizens for a digital world is among the discussions. Preparing specifically women and children for a digital world prioritizing education and creating opportunities for collaborations and removing discrimination.

Challenges around connectivity which highlight the need for math’s, skills development and coding for the youth is another tackled topic at the ITU.  A clear policy by government is also needed to allow the connectivity for millions of citizens and to limit the negative impact of technology’s progress on the labour force.


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