By Staff Writer
The South African government will bid to host the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Telecom World 2018.
The ITU Telecom World is the most prestigious gathering in global telecommunications.
It brings together leading telecoms experts from the public and private sectors, heads of state, ministers, regulators and CEOs of multinational corporations.’
The ITU Telecom World has never before been held in Africa.
For South Africa, hosting the 2018 event would mean substantial economic benefits, as well as broader intangible benefits.
The 2018 event is expected to attract 9 000 delegates and contribute an estimated R81 million into the South African economy.
The South African cabinet approved that the country makes a proposal to host the 2018 World Telecom Exhibition.
The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele is leading the South Africans delegation at the 2017 International Telecommunication Union Telecom World Exhibition in South Korea where South Africa is bidding to host the next edition of the conference in September 2018.
The annual conference and exhibition attracts government and industry leaders to explore challenges, partnerships and solutions, and identify investment opportunities and best practices for socio-economic development through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
The conference has increased its focus on supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in ICT by providing them with a platform to showcase their products and services.
South Africa’s bid aims to bring this conference and exhibition to the continent for the first time.
“South Africa believes that this will increase investment in ICT into the continent by providing a greater focus on Africa, and encourage greater participation by African countries and companies wishing to do business in Africa,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The conference is also an excellent opportunity to promote South African and continental small medium enterprises (SMEs).”