Tuesday, 24 November 2015

BRICS Confence 2015

Source: Key speakers
from left: Igor Artemiev, Liu Junchen, Dennis Davis,
S.L Bunker and Madala Masuku.
The 4th BRICS International Competition Conference took place on the 10 - 13 November 2015, the theme was: Competition and Inclusive Growth. BRICS is a global economic governance and coordination. The conference is a very useful forum to reflect on experiences in the competition policies and their relationship with the broader policy goals. The 5 BRICS of economies are all concerned with how best to promote competitive, balanced and dynamic economies that help their societies  achieve national development goals.
 A competitive economy is an economy where broad economic participation is possible and not impeded. Broadening participation is, in turn, an essential part of inclusive growth. where more people have jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, incomes are more equally distributed. The immense cooperative potential of a society is then also harnessed towards innovation, creativity, and knowledge transmission: all the more intangible qualities which we know are at the core dynamic and resilient modern economies.
Source: from left: Honourable Madala Masuku (Deputy Minister of Economic
Development; Mr P. Mothopeng (Ceo at Boncom (Pty) ltd),
Development Portfolio in Parliament of South Africa
and Mr Makhabela (young entrepreneur).
The conference has BRICS bias, drawing strongly on the policy, operational and intellectual capacity from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. It looked at critical issues that affect all our economies: -How competition policy interfaces with the policy challenges of inequality and inclusive growth.
-The connection between growth and innovation.
-Competition in socially-sensitive markets
-Addressing abuse of dominance in domestic markets.
Source: Ellen Thabane (PR & Communications)
and Mr P. Mothopeng : Ceo at Boncom (Pty) Ltd.
-Public interest considerations in areas such as jobs and small business development . Increasingly, citizens require their governments to show how policy promotes human development goals. Competition policy too is under scrutiny. Not only, should it tackle entrenched economic power and provide opportunity for new entrants, it must also clearly, not just implicitly, demonstrate benefits for a states industrial and consumer objectives. South Africa is now celebrating 21 years of democracy. within the first five years of the new democratic order, the country revamped its competition policies and introduced our new competition regime.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Global Trends in e-governance

Gallagher Convention Centre, was hosting the e-Government Summit that took place on Monday 02 November 2015 and day 2 on Tuesday 03 November 2015.

Source : The Telkom stall
A keynote session took place from 07:00 - 11:00 and the programme director was Barbara Creecy , MEC for Finance followed by morning refreshments. At this time people could go to Hall 2 where there were different stalls put in place showcasing their products and informing delegates or potential clients about the services they provide, these are some of the company's that were representing themselves: Gauteng Province; Telkom; Vastracktech; Huawei; T-Systems; Bytes technology group; Altech; Cloudseed; Astel and Info Guardian.

Source: left: Lorna Mafa from T-Systems
Right: Sam Khambule
The high-level of panellists of the public and private sector participants were outlining the status quo of e-governance in South Africa and in the continent benchmarking against some of the most progressive international best practices: International good practice in e-governance; Progress made in the African continent; Progress made in South African public service; and The role of Telkom in Connecting South Africa.

The second session was the panel: GCR initiatives on the e-governance for a faster public services: GCR broad band connectivity; Specialised services; E-services and common platforms; International good practice on local government services.

Source: Key speaker: Sian Lip Tan
and the Panellists

Barbara Greecy touched on the implementation and improving of technology in the next four years to extend the provision of fibre in places where there is no network 50 00km.

The objectives that where looked at were: The high cost of ICT and telecommunications; Reducing the cost of services; Increase in people being able to access the internet and the flexibility.

Later on we were graced by entertainment from The laser light team;The Soil; Ndumiso Lindi as an MC and comedian.
Source: The violin lady in a bubble

            Left: Sam Khambule (Strategic Planner Manager)
 Centre: Ellen Thabane (PR & Communications at Boncom)
Right: Councillor Mr Mpho Parks Tau
(Executive Mayor , City of Johannesburg) 

Source: Left: Mr P. Mothopeng (CEO)
and Right: Mr Premier David Makhura.
Source: The Soil
Source:  The laser entertainment