For immediate release
14 May 2016
The Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services ProfHlengiwe Mkhize and the Vice Minister of Cyber Space Administration of the People’s Republic of China Ms Wang Xiujun today concluded a successful South Africa – China Internet Roundtable in Durban, eThekwini.
The Deputy Ministers were accompanied by delegations that includedrepresentatives of government departments, State-Owned Companies, the private sector, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Small, Micro and Medium-sized Enterprises(SMMEs), industry associations, advisory bodies and other government agencies.
The roundtable took the form of a series of public meetings between the delegations wherein they explored possible areas of cooperation and partnerships. Opportunities to incubate ICT SMMEs were also explored.
The Deputy Ministers witnessed the signing ceremony between the South African Mustek Limited Group and the Chinese Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Group. The two companies are establishing a cable trading company that is based in Johannesburg called Yangtze Optics Africa Holdings. The company will supply a variety of cables including telecommunications fibre cables from production facilities in Durban.
The Deputy Ministers concluded with a bilateral meeting. The meeting focused on strengthening ties between the two governments in the area of ICT and cyberspace. It covered topics that include e-Government and Cyber Security.
Strategies of encouraging safe practices online were explored during the bilateral.
“We need to find ways of analysing data to help us improve the protection of the vulnerable people online, focusing on women and the youth,” said Prof. Mkhize.
“We would like to encourage the cooperation between Chinese and South African enterprises to push forward the digital development to benefit the people of both countries,” said Ms Wang.
The two countries committed to strengthening cooperation in the area of ICT and cyberspace.
Issued by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services