South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa is of the opinion that rather than being a problem for the continent, digital revolution could help in solving Africa’s unemployment.
South Africa had recently slipped into recession.
“It must assist in overcoming unemployment, not exacerbate it,” he said, adding that “The decisions we make now, as individual countries and as a global collective, will determine whether the 4th Industrial Revolution is the opportunity that so many people anticipate or the threat that so many people fear.”
While speaking at the opening ceremony of the ITU Telecom World 2018 in Durban, South Africa, President Ramaphosa tasked the International Telecommunications Union [ITU] and other ICT experts to ensure that the digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.
He also called for proper deployment of latest technologies and data analytics to solve some of the world’s greatest development challenges.
Also speaking at event, the ITU Secretary General, Mr Houlin Zhao, said the SME tech startups could create millions of jobs in developing economies.
He called on world leaders to support the development of tech startups in their countries for them to create the needed employment.