Telecommunication and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele has left for India at the head of the South African delegation to the 2nd BRICS Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Ministers Meeting in Bengaluru.
“We have before us the opportunity to strengthen the functioning of our BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) union and build a more integrated, innovative and vibrant ICT network that is truly able to meet the needs our people,” said Cewele at the meetig which opened Thursday.
“We see the ICTs as cornerstone of socio-economic development. Our government’s blueprint document, the National Development Plan (NDP), recognizes ICTs as key catalyst for inclusive growth and for reducing spatial exclusion, enabling seamless participation by the majority in the global ICT system, and creating platforms for emerging players such as black industrialist, content developers and application innovators.”
He added that South Africa was open to do business with fellow BRICS member countries and he hoped the country would be able to forge new partnerships at the meeting, which takes forward the commitments made by the leaders of BRICS countries on matters relating to ICT.
Cwele is also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with his counterparts from India, Brazil, Russia, China and the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The Ministers have committed to co-operating on areas that include research and innovation, technology transfer, innovation, electronic manufacturing and skills training.
The South African delegation includes leaders of State-owned ICT enterprises, private sector executives and industry association representatives.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.