South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced the appointment of members of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is a remarkable measure by South Africa to identify relevant policies, strategies and action plans that aim to position South Africa as a leader in the digital industrial revolution.

The commission will be chaired by President Ramaphosa, with esteemed Professor Tshilidzi Marwala as deputy chair.

β€œThe commission will assist government in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital industrial revolution,” reads a statement from South Africa's Office of the Presiden when announcing members of the 4IR Comission.

The Alliance for African Intelligence (A4AI) wishes to congratulate the appointed members of this Presidential Commission and Minister of communications, Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams has been a champion and coordinator of 4IR efforts and prioritizing the digital inclusion of all South Africans. The commission's task to make South Africa a country of the future cannot be understated.

For as South Africa goes, the African continent goes.

β€œUnless we adapt, unless we understand the nature of the profound change that is reshaping our world and unless we readily embrace the opportunities it presents, the promise of our nation’s birth will forever remain unfulfilled,”President Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement announcing the 4IR comission

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a critically important technology with the power to transform and grow economies, and if properly deployed, solve societal problems requiring innovative solutions. These AI solutions are best done by being inclusive and makes the democratization of the creation of AI solutions necessary.

We look forward to working with South Africa's Presidential Commission and Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to ensure the Fourth Industrial Revolution is one that works for everyone and ushers in a future of shared prosperity and empowerment.

Cover image credit: Cyril Ramaphosa President The Presidency ITU Telecom World 2018 Β©ITU/Browne

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