President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018 taking place at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.
ITU Telecom World 2018 is hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post of the Republic of South Africa under the theme “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development”.
The conference is expected to attract 7 000 delegates including senior members of government, leaders of multilateral organisations, regulators and entrepreneurs.
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.
Earlier, President Ramaphosa went on a walkabout at the conference centre.
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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.
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