Minister signs Nedlac ICT sector summit agreement

Minister signs Nedlac ICT sector summit agreement

JOHANNESBURG (12/05/2003) - Seeing itself as a catalyst for economic and social development in South Africa, the ICT sector has committed itself to lend a hand to assist the government to further the cause of reconstruction and development.

The sector has agreed that is losing and creating jobs in certain sub-sectors. However, it believes that it has the potential to retain employment, and create more quality jobs.

Speaking at the signing of the ICT sector summit agreement Thursday, Communications Minister, Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, said the accelerated growth in the ICT sector should be utilized to further empower disadvantaged people in this sector, so as to strengthen the growth of the economy and the development of a global information society.

"We need to ensure that we meet our national objectives of job creation, HR development and universal access. This sector agreement paves the way for the current challenges that we face to be overcome, and for these objectives to be reached," she explains.

The minister concluded by saying: "We are signing this agreement on the eve of the World Summit for the Information Society, and we should be aware of the benefits that ICTs can bring in unifying people and communities, so that we do indeed work towards universal access and bridging the digital divide."

The Deputy President of the Communication Workers Union, Karthie Pillay, pointed out the concerns of organized labor, namely the prevention of job losses, the creation of quality jobs, the building of capacity of the union, the development of HR, development of strategies in terms of procurement, and the establishment of a communication development agency in the sector.

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