1st Annual DMMA Publisher Conference Increasing ICT competitiveness and usage in South Africa: the Challenge and Opportunity Loren Braithwaite-Kabosha SA Communications Forum. 09 October 2013. Agenda. Introduction of SACF Current Challenges Digital Media Opportunity
Increasing ICT competitiveness and usage in South Africa:
the Challenge and Opportunity
SA Communications Forum
09 October 2013
- Members of SACF also include numerous small and
medium enterprises in the ICT and broadcasting industries, including electronic manufacturers ( this is only a partial list for the sake of brevity)
level technical skills and business expertise in the ICT
- Among South African ICT industry associations, SACF is the association which includes members from across the entire spectrum of the industry, rather than specific silos.
To be the credible, nationally supported umbrella industry
Unleashing the power of the SA ICT industry to create the
most enabling ecosystem for a universally connected and
prosperous South Africa
SACF Strategic Objectives:
This UN recommendation, specific to the Southern African region, suggests how to help reduce the sub-region’s alarming and dangerously provocative income inequalities: SACF recommends consideration of its adoption
Recommended Intervention Areas in Southern Africa
• As part of development policies, public authorities must mobilise urban young peoples’ potentials and energies with proper training in entrepreneur skills and information/ communication technologies, in order to enable them to set up and run their own businesses. Some urban authorities have tried to foster inclusive cities, but none have fully considered children and youth in their service provision and governance strategies. Cities should make more efforts to deliver broadband Internet to all urban neighbourhoods, rather than reinforcing existing inequalities in services delivery.
South Africa: Declining ICT Competitiveness:
1. Set a firm foundation for a further reduction in the costs of communication. Carrim says the “digital revolution” is “changing very fabric of our society” but that it’s important the poor are not left behind.
2. See realistic progress in broadband becoming more extensive, affordable and speedier. "We intend to finalise the government's National Broadband Policy and Implementation Programme by end of November”, and says his department wants to have an “effective spectrum policy related to broadband” before March next year.
3. Reduce the digital divide between the haves and have-nots. "We are going to place much greater stress on delivering in rural and underserviced areas.The Internet presents a great opportunity for government to provide services to citizens,” Carrim says. “We must reduce, not increase, divides. We have made some progress, but not enough. We are lagging behind our peers.”
4. Stabilise the department of communications; state-owned companies and public entities in the ICT sector and make them more effective.
5. Begin with the roll-out of digital migration before the end of this year.
5. “Locating ICT in the national development plan and broader policies of the majority party”;
6. Finalising government’s ICT policy review.
Data for Q3-2012
Data for Q3-2012
International Implications of high Communication Costs
National Implications of high Communication Costs
Weak ICT utilization
Failure to recognise mutual needs
Weak USO enforcement
Weak ICT policy design & implementation
Overly techno-centric focus
National/Corporate Interest Conflicts
Disruptive technologies suppressed
Ad hoc or philanthropic initiatives as CSR
Limited recognition of value
Bottom line focus
Vertical “Silo” structures in conflict with Convergence
National scale market failure
Mass access not part of business value proposition
Attempting to solve one component in isolation will lead to failure
Where we want to be
ICTs driving Nation towards a Knowledge-based Economy
How we get there
Deep Consultation for National Consensus & Understanding
Focus on Core Values, Objectives, Principles
Integrated Coordinated Action
Shared Values and Vision
Illusive Knowledge Economy
Business as usual
Pervasive socioeconomic divides
Declining global competitiveness
Growing environmental threats
Bottom line focus
Missed national growth targets
Where we are now