Deputy Minister Philly Mapulane Leads Delegation to ITUGSR23 in Egypt

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Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Honorable Philly Mapulane, led a delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Global Symposium for Regulators 2023 (ITUGSR23) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The event took place from June 6 to 8, 2023, and brought together prominent figures from the ICT industry, national telecommunications and ICT regulatory bodies, policy makers, and various stakeholders in the digital environment.

The Importance of ITUGSR

The Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR) began in 2000 and has been a crucial platform for sharing ideas and tackling challenges in the digital landscape. The 2023 edition of ITUGSR revolved around the theme “Regulations for a Sustainable Digital Future,” focusing on strengthening efforts to bridge the existing digital gap and contributing to building the digital economy we envision.

The Conference Highlights

The conference emphasized the need for a dynamic and connected information society, a vibrant knowledge economy that is inclusive and prosperous. The deputy minister actively participated in several activities during ITUGSR23, including the Leadership Segment (Ministerial Panel), which tackled the topic: “How can Policy and Regulatory Innovation Drive Universal and Meaningful Connectivity and Sustainable Digital Transformation?”

Participants engaged in discussions on digital infrastructure development, data privacy and protection, and fostering innovation in the digital space. The symposium aimed to create a global conversation on how societies can adapt and embrace these changes to foster sustainable economic growth and social development.

Bridging the Digital Divide

As the digital age continues to unfold, the need to bridge the digital divide remains a critical challenge. Through events like ITUGSR23, stakeholders can share their experiences, discuss potential solutions, and identify avenues for collaboration. Developing countries face various obstacles in harnessing digital technologies and fostering an inclusive digital environment.

Deputy Minister Mapulane’s Participation

In his participation, Deputy Minister Mapulane emphasized the significance of policy and regulatory innovation in driving universal connectivity and a sustainable digital transformation. By engaging in these critical discussions, he sought to ensure that South Africa remains at the forefront of the digital revolution, taking advantage of the numerous opportunities it presents.

ITUGSR23 serves as a testament to the global commitment towards a sustainable digital future. With the guidance of influential leaders such as Deputy Minister Mapulane, the international community can work together to overcome challenges and ensure that the benefits of digital technology are accessible and equitable for all. Events like ITUGSR23 are essential in fostering dialogue, sharing knowledge, and driving innovation, ultimately paving the way for a brighter digital future for all.

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