The anti-globalisation sentiment that is driving discrimination must be fought, Altron CEO Mteto Nyati , told delegates at the the welcoming reception of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) summit in Durban, South Africa.
According to Nyati, the information and communications technology industry or ICT must tackle this anti-globalisation sentiment.
Nyati said the world was experienmcing the emergence of an agenda of exclusion, hatred and fear.
“We are being told that if you are different from us, we should be uncomfortable.”
He added that the globalisation is facing a major threat.
The global anti-globalisation movement burst into view at the November 1999 WTO meeting in Seattle, when they trashed the town and shut down the discussions.
Why are the critics of globalization agitated? What bothers them?
First, there is a multitude of hard-core protesters who have deep-seated antipathy to globalization. Second, however, there are the critics of globalization whose discontents are well within the parameters of mainstream dissent and discourse. In their essence, these discontents translate into the arguments that economic globalization is the cause of several social ills today, such as poverty in poor countries and deterioration of the environment worldwide.
The job cuts, house repossessions and instability that came with it left a swathe of the population marginalised and disenfranchised. The predominantly white working class in both Europe and the U.S., unhappy with their current standing, has shown a growing lack of willingness to tolerate the status quo. While globalisation has certainly been massively influential in lifting millions of people out of poverty around the world, for many in the west, the benefits aren’t evident.
Nyati argued that the ICT industry need to take a stand against this anti-globalisation sentiment that leads to discrimination.
“We all work for powerful companies, and we need to take a stand on the side of the people, the poor, and those who have no access to information.”
He callled for an inclusive society.