Broadband inter-governmental forum in South Africa

The Ministry of Communications hosted an Inter-Governmental Forum (IGF) in Pretoria on Friday, 15 November 2013, it said in a press statement.

According to the Ministry, the IGF was used to discuss the national broadband policy and provide an update on schools connectivity, broadcast digital migration and the green paper on the ICT policy review.

The meeting was attended by Ministers, Communications Deputy Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, provincial MECs, Chairperson and Chief Executives of State-Owned Companies, senior national and provincial government officials and senior leaders of the South African Local Government Association.

“Today’s attendance and participation highlights the importance that all the stakeholders attach to this process,” Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim was quoted as saying.

“We are encouraged that everyone understands that they have a contribution to make in helping the country achieve its goals. We need the co-operation of all players across all spheres of government to ensure that we implement all these key projects of national importance,” Carrim said.

Carrim said that the Department is going to host the IGF quarterly to review progress and implementation plans of the programmes.

“There is support for the broadband policy and strategy with the acknowledgement that more detail needs to be put into the plan. We’ll add detail over the next few months as we continue to consult,” Carrim said.

“We welcome the initiative of some provinces in rolling out broadband. What they are doing is consistent with national policy,” said Carrim.

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