The President said in the next 10 years, South Africa must focus on transformation in order to realise the seven priorities he announced in his State of the Nation Address.
These include economic transformation and job creation; education, skills and health; consolidating the social wage through reliable and quality basic services; spatial integration, human settlements and local government; social cohesion and safe communities; building a capable, ethical and developmental State and a better Africa and world.
“4IR can help us to advance the priorities that we have set for ourselves to speed up transformation and to ensure that it is sustainable
“As we look at the seven priorities through the prism of the 4IR, we can imagine and see a future and more importantly, work on a future and act on a future that will create jobs through the 4IR,” he said.
President Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to focus on new technologies that will revolutionise the world.
“The digital revolution is an opportunity to build an entrepreneurial State where government's own appetite for risk and innovation inspires large scale entrepreneurship, where small and medium-sized enterprises will be able to find fertile ground to succeed and also unlock economic potential,” the President said.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said his province is determined to play its part as the economic engine of South Africa and industrial, technological and financial hub of Sub-Saharan.
“We are the first provincial government to set up a Department of e-Government in our country as part of our drive to be a smart, innovation-driven, knowledge-based and digital economy.
"We have invested significant resources in the rollout of broadband to peripheral and deprived communities in Gauteng as part of the modernisation of our economy to address the danger of digital exclusion, digital poverty and digital inequality,” Makhura said.
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said government has, through its policies and legislative instruments, pushed the boundaries and managed to transform the apartheid telecommunication sector into a world class fundamental pillar of the emerging digital economy.
“Going forward, we will finalise the review key policy frameworks such as the Electronic Communications Amendment (ECA) Bill in order to make them responsive and adaptive to 4IR.
"Further, we will soon issue a policy directive to enable the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to license high demand spectrum,” the Minister said.
The summit was hosted by the 4th Industrial Revolution South Africa partnership (4IRSA), an alliance between partners from the public and private sectors, academia and civil society. – SAnews.gov.za