IARU was present at the recent ATU African Telecommunications Union / ICT Day 2019 Commemorative Workshop — “Using Technology to Save Lives: Emergency Communications for Disaster Risk Reductions and Management”. The Workshop was held in Maputo, Mozambique and IARU was represented by Brian Jacobs, ZS6YZ and Leon Lessing, ZS6LMG. Brian presented an overview of the amateur capability for emergency communication and some of the pre-conditions for it to be effectively deployed. He also gave a second presentation on the IARU STARS program, which seeks to support and encourage the growth of amateur radio in countries where it is not well established.
Both presentations were well received, and gave rise to extended discussions about the public service role of amater radio and its role in developing the national skill infrastructure.