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The 2018 World Congress on Information Technology may be held in SA

The year 2018 may see the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) coming to Africa for the first time, that’s if the IT Association of South Africa (ITA) has its way.

WCIT is an international congress that takes place every two years, bringing together more than 50 exhibitors and 2 500 delegates from around 80 countries to discuss emerging issues on ICTs, debate hot topics, and address how legal, political, and economic trends affect business models. 

According to ITWeb, ITA is currently putting together a bid to host the WCIT and they have a tight deadline to work with as bidding submissions close in about a month’s time.

A breakfast organised by the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (Witsa) to help secure support for the bid from various stakeholders was held yesterday, where it was revealed that hosting the WCIT would cost between around R4o million and R100 million.

At the breakfast, Witsa secretary general Jim Poisant said the Gauteng provincial government, Joburg Toursim and South African Airways have signed up to support the bid.

“Among the benefits of being the host country are the millions that should be spent in a few days by delegates, and the chance a foreign company will open a unit in SA, creating jobs” said Poisant.

South Africa is up against Armenia and India, among others, in the bidding race.

This year’s WCIT will be held in Mexico in September under the theme “Building the Digital Age Together” and Brazil will play host to the event in 2016.

[Source – ITWeb, Image – Shutterstock]

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