Embracing the Platform Economy for Inclusive Growth and Digital Transformation

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The 15th Annual Govtech Conference, centered around the theme “Platform Economy for Digital Transformation and Inclusive Growth,” focused on the potential of the platform economy to drive change in various sectors. Held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, the conference brought together diverse stakeholders, including the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Mr. Mondli Gungubele, and senior government officials.

Promoting Inclusivity and Transformation

The conference emphasized the importance of inclusivity and transformation in achieving national objectives and promoting equality and prosperity. The KwaZulu-Natal government’s adoption of the KwaZulu-Natal Digital Transformation Strategy (2020-2025) demonstrated a commitment to provide equal access to opportunities and resources for marginalized communities. The strategy focuses on six strategic priorities: Connectivity, Digital Skilling, Information Management, Knowledge Management and Security, Process Automation, Systems Integration, and Digitisation.

Bridging the Gap through Technology

The conference highlighted the belief that technology should help bridge the gap between rich and poor countries, rather than reinforce existing inequalities. To achieve this goal, the conference explored new ICT vistas, forged synergies, and enhanced partnerships to position not only the local government and the country but also the African continent as a leader in the digital economy.

Technology’s Role in Addressing Challenges

The conference underscored the critical role of technology in addressing various challenges, including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic showcased how technology can save lives, facilitate communication, and enable information sharing between government and citizens. The conference also highlighted the importance of collaboration and leveraging technology to promote access and inclusion in education.

Technology and Property Industry

With the property industry being a significant source of revenue for the state, the conference focused on the role of technology in reducing turnaround times for property transfers. This focus would boost business confidence and enhance the economic outlook for the country.

In conclusion, the 15th Annual Govtech Conference showcased the immense potential of the platform economy to drive digital transformation and promote inclusive growth. The conference emphasized the importance of collaboration, innovation, and a shared vision of leveraging technology to create a better life for all, fostering a world where everyone has an equal chance to thrive.

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