THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
2001 will be staged at
the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, near Johannesburg, South Africa,
12 to 16 November
2001, and will be hosted by
the Government of the Republic of South Africa. The event follows the
hugely successful AFRICA
98 event, which
was also held in South Africa.
2001 will be the next step in the African Renaissance, and aims to help
bridge the Digital Divide. There is still an enormous
amount of work that must
be done to bring Africa up to the levels of the
industrialized world. In
Africa - which
is home to one in 8 of the world's people - had in just one in 50 of the
world's fixed line subscribers, one in 60
of the world's mobile cellular subscribers, one in 70 of the worlds'
personal computers and only 1% of the worlds' Internet users.
There are nevertheless strong
grounds for optimism. Many countries in the region are on the road to
sectoral reform and foreign investment is now being actively encouraged
across the continent as privatization and liberalization are
progressively introduced. Also encouraging is that mobile cellular
outnumber fixed-line subscribers in a number of
countries - and by the time AFRICA 2001 takes place, the trend will be
widespread. Internet uptake in many countries in Africa is on the rise
too, and there is great potential in Africa for technology leapfrogging.
Be part of
2001 show, the best
to showcase your products and services
to the region's decision makers.