[Johannesburg, June 14, 2017] Leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei believes that ICT is a vital enabler for economic growth. Huawei is participating in the annual Vision 2030 Summit which aims to unpack and assess South Africa’s National Development Plan, which is government’s blueprint for economic and social growth.
“Huawei South Africa supports the NDP which seeks to end poverty and inequality through improving the lives of the poor and marginalised in society” says CEO Steven Wu.
Mr. Wu adds, “As a key participant in the Vision 2030 Summit we aim to engage stakeholders on how bridging the digital divide can contribute to national economic growth. Huawei will share its global experience and expertise in technologies like Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT), and how this presents South Africa with opportunities to develop vertical industries in fields like Education, Health, Public Safety and e-Commerce.”
According to Huawei’s Global Connectivity Index, which reflects the progress of 50 countries in terms of digital transformation, South Africa was ranked in 31st position. It showed that South Africa has performed at average levels in terms of broadband, data centers and cloud services. However, its Fibre to the Home and fixed broadband fell severely behind.
ICT investment and GDP growth is generally accepted in government and industry. Huawei’s GCI found that a nation which increased investment in ICT infrastructure by an additional 10% annually from 2017 to 2025 can benefit from a multiplier effect.
“Huawei believes ICT should be a national priority strategy, with more investment and a supportive policy framework for ICT development. We’d also like to see more swift progress in significant projects like SA Connect and Safe Cities,” says Wu.
The Vision 2030 Summit is being held on 21 and 22 June 2017 at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, where all issues relating to the National Development Plan will be addressed. Over 40 speakers and 300 delegates will participate in the largest private/public meet-up, to drive economic acceleration and transformation.
Ryland Fisher, Topco Media Editorial Director says Huawei’s participation in the event shows a commitment to the implementation of the NDP and a shared goal of ensuring that both public and private sector are involved.
Fisher adds, “I invite all fellow business leaders, both in the private and public sector, to join Huawei in making history. This is where you’ll see how the National Development Plan affects you and your business.”
The theme for this year’s Vision 2030 is: ‘Our Future, Our Plan – Demonstrating Commitment’. The event will be used to unpack the National Development Plan from both private and public sector perspectives.
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