President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Durban - President Cyril Ramaphosa will open the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference 2018 taking place at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre in Durban.

The 3-day conference is expected to attract about  7 000 delegates, including senior members of government, leaders of multilateral organisations, 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. 

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”.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, discuss investment opportunities for socio-economic development through information and communication technologies-ICT.

“The digital age is influencing every facet of our lives. There is no doubt that the technological revolution has become an infection that no nation with ambition to improve the lives of its citizens could ignore it. Our view is that developing nations would need support to bolster their programmes of infusing digital development and application of technological solutions to their economies and social systems," said  Zikalala. 

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