21 September 2017 marked the launch of the African Broadcasting Expo, The broadcasting expo is a new edition to the Go West Heritage Month activities , the expo aims to bring the broadcasting sector together to take stock, network, discuss and pave the way forward for the industry. It also creates an opportunity for the general public to interface with the sector.
Objectives of the expo:
-Bring together leaders from various parts of the continent to discuss issues impacting the broadcasting industry.
-Provide networking opportunities with and between stakeholders within the broadcasting industry in Africa.
-Focus on long term strategic collaboration amongst stakeholders to advance development in the industry in Africa -Deliberate on current trends within the broadcasting industry in Africa.
-Host discussions on current and imminent developments in the industry.
-Showcase latest products for the industry.
-To share latest technologies and innovations in the industry.
-Showcase the industry to the public and related stakeholders.
The African Broadcasting Expo also aims to repositioning the West Rand to the global broadcasting industry while responding to the West Rand 5 year regional plan of repositioning the West Rand into a tourist destination through private, public partnerships. To expose the youth in the region to broadcasting opportunities and also assist deserving students with bursaries to further thier studies in the broadcasting industry.
This expo is the first in the African continent, and as West Rand we proud to be one of the trendsetters, not only into repositioning the West Rand but Africa as a whole.
The expo was headed by panelists from different industry leaders like SENTECH, MDDA, SABC, USAASA, Abundant Media (PTY) LTD, FSTV, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and Broadcasting Policy, Department of Communications to name a few.
Next year the expo will be open to delegates from around the continent and also have open days for learners in high schools and youth to expose them to the broadcasting industry.