South Africa’s first digital economy summit

South Africa’s Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams announced the launch of South Africa’s first digital economy summit. The Minister said this at the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, on Thursday.

The summit endorsed by the cabinet will take place after South Africa’s elections – at the end of June.

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According to Ndabeni-Abrahams, people should be placed at the center of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) conversations.

“As the government, this is woven into all our 4IR interventions and, as such, we have been deliberate in seeking collaborative efforts that build a capable 4IR army. In the same breath, we must ensure that we create our own solutions that respond to our unique requirements as a country. Lastly, it is impotent that all sectors find expression in the 4IR conversation, ” she said, as reported by Engineering news.

Source: Engineering News

South Africa-China relations are crucial drivers of economy and “rapid adoption of ICT technologies”


South Africa recently appointed Minister of Communications says that South Africa – China relations are crucial drivers of economy and “rapid adoption of ICT technologies”.

Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams met with a Chinese delegation on Friday in Pretoria. The China delegation was led by Vice Minister Gao Xiang from the Bureau of International Cooperation of the Cyberspace Administration of China.

Ndabeni-Abrahams and Xiang met to discuss the expansion of the China-SA relations into possible areas in the digital economy, cyber security and e-government.

The delegates agreed that the relations between the two countries will lead to the creation of sustainable industries.

According to Stats SA, China has been South Africa’s biggest trade partner for nine consecutive years, and South Africa has retained its position as China’s biggest trade partner in Africa for eight consecutive years, reports Business Tech.


Source: Business Tech