SA Govt looks to Brics to meet Internet goals
4 August 2017
The South African delegation made up of the minister, senior government officials, leaders of state-owned companies and ICT SMMMEs was joined by leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China to discuss matters relating to ICT, at the third instalment of the meeting.
At the meeting, Cwele invited counterparts to partner with SA in rolling out the Internet for All programme through connectivity, ensuring affordable services and handset devices, promoting e-skills and developing local content applications to increase uptake and usage.
The state introduced its Internet programme in May, with the hopes it will provide online access to 22 million people, mostly in rural and underserved areas, over the next two years.
According to Cwele, Brics ministers view ICT as an enabler for driving innovation and development, contributing to gross domestic product and the economy, empowering citizens and fostering security.