PRESIDENT EMP[HASISES ROLE OF WOMEN, YOUTH IN SOUTH AFRICA’S DIGITAL REVOLUTION

DURBAN– President Cyril Ramaphosa says women, youth and small business are three crucial pillars which must drive technological advances in South Africa.

Ramaphosa was speaking here Monday at the annual International Telecom Union (ITU) Conference being held in Durban from Monday to Wednesday. The conference brings together global leaders in technology and entrepreneurship with the theme, Innovation for a smarter World.

This is a gathering of global digital experts and business to showcase their innovative new technology tools and gadgets but also to explore new investment opportunities.

Like most countries, South Africa has made great strides in technology over the years with an estimated 87 per cent of households with access to phones. Despite this, however, about 20 million people in the country cannot access the Internet.

High data costs and accessibility remain a challenge and the government has prioritised the rapid expansion of broadband.

President Ramaphosa said: We have finalised consultations with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces costs to consumers.

The President also stressed the role women and youth must play in this digital revolution. Women and youth must be at the heart of the technology as they are the pillars that must drive technological advances.

Growing investment opportunities in the sector could bring about increased trade and job creation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK