07 July 2019
On the back of the establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in March, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on 4IR was established. The Committee consists of the Ministers of Communications and Digital Technologies; Basic Education; Employment and Labour; Higher Education, Science and Innovation; Trade, Industry and Competition; Mineral Resources and Energy; and Small Business Development. The aim of the Committee is to ensure the work of the Presidential Commission is realised into government priorities.
This forms part of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies’ future plans as laid out during Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams’s Budget Vote Speech. The Minister also highlighted the recent Digital Economy Summit and that the outcome of the Summit will serve as an input into the work of the Presidential Commission.
Other future plans by the Department include:
- An immediate overhaul of policies to respond to the changing industry that is increasingly dominated by data and an ecosystem of digital platforms;
- Presenting of the Digital Development Fund Bill in Parliament to establish the fund to support innovation as part of ensuring development of the sector; and
- Within the next two weeks, the Final Policy and Policy Direction relating to Unassigned High Demand Spectrum Licensing will be issued to ICASA.
Within the next three months, the Department will present the reviewed Broadcasting Digital Migration programme in order to enable the swift release of the high-demand spectrum needed for the roll-out of broadband and effective Digital Terrestrial Television migration.