Invitations have been despatched for follow-up meetings to the launch event and it looks like this initiative will live again come 17 August 2015.
___[27 July 2015] Just noting for the record that nothing further has happened regarding the National ICT Consultative Forum, notwithstanding that the initial meetings of the chambers was meant to take place in the first week of June.
___[7 June 2014] Email addresses for the Forum and its chambers:
___[11 May 2015] The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, MP, has invited industry and other stakeholders to the launch of the National ICT Forum to be held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg from 10h00-12h00 on 15 May 2015. There is not a great deal of information available about the purpose of the Forum, although it appears to be a consequence of resolutions taken at the ANC’s 53rd Policy Conference held at Mangaung in 2013.
59. There is a need for a review of the institutional framework of the ANC government and its ability to discharge its services timeously within the available resources. This review must ensure that the ICT interventions are coordinated across all spheres of government.
60. The ANC government should develop and enhance policy-making capacity. A National ICT Forum should be created comprising government and industry to engage on critical issues of mutual interest. Civil society should also be invited to participate in the Forum.
The invitation requests that attendees indicates which of the chambers below they wish to attend:
|1. Social Chamber|
|· e-Health· e-Education· e-Justice· e-Agriculture|
|2. Economic Chamber|
|· ICT Skills Development· Local Manufacturing· Innovation· Small Business Development|
|3. Governance and Security Chamber|
|· Internet Governance· Cybersecurity· Cloud computing· e-Commerce|
|4. ICTs and disability sector|
|· Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the ICT Sector· Elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility· Accessible and affordable ICT infrastructure· Mainstreaming Disability in ICT Policy formulation|