Minister Cwele attends the United Nation’s Broadband Commission that seeks to connect more women to broadband

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Minister Cwele attends the United Nation’s Broadband Commission that seeks to connect more women to broadband

16 March 2017

 

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele is at the 2017 United Nations’ Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development meeting. The meeting is taking place in Hong Kong.

Minister Cwele is one of 52 global Broadband Commissioners that are drawn from leaders in government, business, academia, policy makers and international agencies. The Commission discusses strategies of connecting the four billion people who are

presently not connected to broadband or fast Internet, in a cost efficient manner. This year’s meeting will discuss strategies to connect more women to the internet. The 2017 Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide identified that the global internet user gender widened from 11% in 2013

to 12% in 2016. The gap in Africa is 23%.

 

The United Nation has identified Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a key facilitator in socio economic development and poverty reduction. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals include four that relate to ICTs. The attainment of these goals is linked to the universal and affordable access to broadband.

 

South Africa has developed policies that are aimed at ensuring that nobody is left behind in move to the digital information society. These policies provide a framework for providing access to affordable, reliable and secure internet.

Minister Cwele will present information on how the Government and the private sector are expanding their networks to cover the underserved and rural areas.

 

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Issued by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services

16 March 2017