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Technology Minister set for key ITU meet

06 September 2013, 13:33

Abuja -  Omobol Johnson, the Minister Communications Technology, is one of two ministers from the continent scheduled to participate in next month’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2013 scheduled for Thailand.

Sanjay Acharya, ITU Chief Media Relations and Public Information Officer, confirmed Johnson is among a group of “leading lights” from government and industry who will join forces at the event to explore the best and most beneficial ways to embrace change in a digital world.

Other officials from the continent include South African Minister of Communications, Yunus Carrim, and Sipho Maseko, the Chief Executive Officer of South African telecommunications firm, Telkom.

Johnson’s invitation comes a year after her participation at the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICDT) in Atlanta, the United States.

Meanwhile, ITU Telecom World 2013 will be held in Bangkok from November 19-22.

Among topics delegates will discuss include how to best balance the needs of the individual within the global digital community, the impact of social media and mobile apps, how mobile apps be used to transform the way industry does business, the challenge of enabling future connectivity and perspectives on changing business models.

“From the impact of Big Data or the changing competitive landscape to crucial debates on how world citizens can ensure their privacy in our digital world, the conversations at ITU Telecom World 2013 promise an in-depth exploration of the lasting impact of ICT industry change and how best to harness this for the benefit of our global society,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.

– CAJ News


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