DURBAN-- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the 2018 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Conference in Durban Monday, saying the world is at a new digital dawn which is changing how people work, live and relate to one another.

The three-day conference, which is being attended by thousands of delegates from Government and Business from around the world, will provide an opportunity to seek potential investors and to discuss the latest technological developments.

Stressing that technology is critical to assist in creating jobs, Ramaphosa said: It must enhance the growth of economies and contribute in overcoming some of the challenges that the world faces today, which is unemployment, inequality and poverty as well.

"It must also bridge the digital divide and not widen it. So as we develop technologies, we must bear in mind that they must not be the preserve of the elite or elite areas, but they must be technologies that are going to be utilized by all."

The president also warned that the Fourth Industrial Revolution would fail if it remained in the hands of a select few instead of being available to everyone.

The new generation of mobile telecommunications is expected to revolutionize life with connected appliances, including fridges, air conditioners and security systems, becoming common.

Ramaphosa said the benefits should be available to everyone, including the poor.

What is important to Africa and developing countries is the need for countries to share manufacturing and localization opportunities to allow equal access and shared growth throughout the world. We say this so that some of these capabilities must not be the sole fiefdom of certain countries only, he said.


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