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Technology is creating more jobs; Africans must catch up – MTN Ghana CEO

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The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, has reiterated the need for Africans to acquire the skills and know-how needed to enable them take advantage of the changes in the world of work due to evolution within the digital space.

According to him, Africa needs to develop and implement a plan on technology, which will positively impact the development of the continent as technology is not aimed at driving people out of their businesses, but rather creates opportunities to solve problems.

Speaking at a seminar to discuss the ‘The Evolution of Telecoms: The digital convergence and what it means for the future”, he debunked the notion that when technology is mentioned then it has to do with job losses.

He explained that the world of work is changing and some jobs are changing faster than others, thus the need to take advantage of the opportunities that technology brings.

“The traditional roles of today are changing. What is important is that we retool ourselves to make sure that we are ready to take advantage of the changes, and the evolution that will define what is ahead of us. As long as we do that, we will have the relevance for the future and we will have more job opportunities in the future,” he said.

“If we don’t do that, then we will have the challenge of where our jobs are going. There are a lot of opportunities that technology brings, but we have to open our eyes and minds and be amenable to the change and evolution ahead,” he added.

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The World Economic Forum estimates 3 million new jobs in less than another 5-10 years.

According to them, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, companies are seeking to harness new and emerging technologies to reach higher levels of efficiency of production and consumption, expand into new markets, and compete on new products for a global consumer base composed increasingly of digital natives.

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