South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa opened the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban earlier today, 10 September 2018.
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.
The theme for this year is “Innovation for Smarter Digital Development”.
The conference attracted an estimated number of 7000 delegates including senior members of government, leaders of multilateral organisations, regulators and entrepreneurs.
Discussions and showcases featured 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 also gave small businesses an opportunity to partner with other entrepreneurs and to seek potential investors.