The ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) has been celebrating its 60th anniversary this week during its quadrennial World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) in Hammamet, Tunisia.
ITU-T seized the opportunity not just to mark 60 years of success, but to focus on two key fast-moving trends that are having a massive impact on the world of information and communication technology: digital financial services (DFS) and artificial intelligence (AI).
ITU invited renowned AI expert Stephen Ibaraki to moderate panel discussions on both topics.
During the panel discussion on DFS, Ronald Webb, Director of Financial Services for Safaricom, told the audience how Safaricom built its world-famous digital payment products and how light-touch, flexible regulation was critical to its success.
Also, Moez Chakchouk, Chairman and CEO of Tunisian Post, told the audience how his company has become a regional leader in innovative digital financial services.
“We cannot have social inclusion without digital financial inclusion,” said Mr. Chakchouk. “What we are achieving is very promising. A lot of interesting Tunisian startups are interested to work with Tunisian Post today. They will be an important part of our growth.”
He also told the audience how Tunisian Post is experimenting with blockchain technology to help build a more scalable, secure digital payments platform.
He elaborated on these points in an interview with ITU News. Watch the video below for more.