Next year’s edition of theThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Event comes closer to home, as it is going to be hosted in Zimbabwe’s neighbour, South Africa.
The Telecom World 2017 Event held in Busan Korea last month saw a massive attendance of over 9 100 participants from governments, corporates and tech SMEs.
“ITU Telecom World 2018 will take place in Durban, South Africa in September 2018. ITU warmly invites Member States, regulators, and heads of international organizations, global media, digital experts and visionaries, leading ICT corporations and cutting-edge tech-SMEs from the region and across the globe to join the event!,” said ITU in its Post event report.
Running from September 25 to September 28 under the theme “Smart digital transformation, global opportunities” ITU Telecom World was attended by 9,100 participants from 126 countries, 458 exhibitors from 35 countries, including 271 SME exhibitors, 31 National and Thematic Pavilions, 125 speakers from 41 countries and 151 accredited media.
As the global platform for accelerating ICT innovation for social good, it brought together governments, corporates and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from emerging and developed markets around the world. It combined an Exhibition for digital solutions, a Forum for sharing knowledge, an Awards programme recognizing excellence and innovation in ICT solutions with social impact and a Networking hub for nations, organizations and individuals.
The ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao met up with the Zimbabwean delegation comprising of Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services Hon Supa Mandiwanzira, Ministry of ICTPS officials, POTRAZ Director General DR Gift Machengete, Communication Services Providers and young Zimbabwean start ups.
Of the young Zimbabwean Startups to attend the Telecoms World 2017, Shift Organics founder Clive Nyapokoto was bestowed with a Recognition of Excellence Certificate, having gained domestic and international praise for his passion and work in developing practical solutions to enhance food production in Zimbabwe using technology.
Also part of the delegation was NetOne Public relations executive George Manyaya and a Liquid Telecom official.
Having gained a lot from the event, we await to see the changes that the delegates will spearhead in Zimbabwe and how they will change the state of our telecommunication industry.