Liberia is expected to join the rest of the world in commemoration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).
Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, Minister of Posts & Telecommunications (MOPT)
According to a Presidential Proclamation from the Executive Mansion, Thursday May 17, 2018, has been declared as a working holiday in observance of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day.
The day is expected to bring together hundreds of telecommunications and ICT stakeholders within Liberia as well as foreign dignitaries and government officials.
The Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cllr. Cooper Kruah speaking in connection with the day has stressed that this year’s celebration is going to be very awesome and unique.
Minister Kruah said he is of no doubt that his team of principle deputies will deliver a historical event that shall showcase the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MOPT) duties and functions in promoting a people’s friendly telecommunications or ICT sector.
This year’s theme is ‘enabling the positive use of artificial intelligence for all’ and will focus on the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the United Nations’ Sustainable development goals (SDGs).
In recent years, there has been significant progress in AI technology, made possible by tremendous advances in contributing field, such as big data, machine learning, computing power, storage capacity and cloud computing, among others.
AI-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications being used to help people live better lives by improving healthcare, education, finance, agriculture, transportation, and a wide range of other services.
The 2018 theme will allow ITU membership and other key stakeholders to focus on the opportunities for how AI can help accelerate the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
Meanwhile, international telecommunications Union Secretary General Houlin Zhao said the 2018 world telecommunications and information society day (WTISD) is meant to bridge the gap in telecommunication for all.
The ITU secretary general said it is not about celebrating the day but ensuring that every member country can foster and advance the need for artificial intelligence that will help better the lives of people