CAPE TOWN - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has said that the focus on African innovation at this year’s edition of Viva Tech is very significant to the continent, and for South Africa.
“It’s obviously becoming a very significant global showcase for technology and technology companies, but also the focus on Africa, and the focus on startups is very significant for us,” said Davies.
Davies was speaking on the sidelines of the tech summit, which is being held in France. For the first time this year, VivaTech which is in its third year, has a space dedicated to African innovation, [email protected]
He added that he was glad that the DTI has been able to support some of the 13 startups that had travelled to France for the tech summit.
“It’s also part of our efforts to promote greater levels of investment in South Africa. I’m here representing government to say that technology and the fourth industrial revolution is important to us and that startup companies particularly those that are involved in creative adaptations of new technologies are in South Africa, are alive and are doing good work,” he added.