The CSIR, at the request of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), is hosting the South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR SA), an Affiliate Centre of the WEF’s C4IRs, on behalf of the South African government and with support from the Presidency.
In April 2019, South Africa signed an accord with the WEF through the DSI. The CSIR also signedan Affiliation and Collaboration Agreement, and a Licensing Agreement with the WEF in October 2019. The signing of these agreements effectively formalised South Africa’s membership as a WEF Affiliate C4IR. As a result, the South African Affiliate Centre enjoys the following privileges as a member of the global C4IR Network:
- Early exposure to new policy protocols and frameworks developed and tested by the C4IR Network;
- Recognition that the Centre’s activities are “in collaboration with the WEF”;
- Participation in select project workshops and other C4IR Network meetings relevant to the local Centre’s project platforms;
- Participation in and the ability to co-design sessions at the Forum’s Global Technology Governance Summit;
- Eligibility to join C4IR Network’s Global Councils and the Centre Advisory Board; and
- Access to the Forum’s Strategic Intelligence Platform, including TopLink and Transformation Maps.
The C4IR SA will play a central role in the implementation of the 4IR country strategy that has been developed through the Presidential Commission for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Centre’s activities focus on the policy, and regulatory and governance environment necessary for the implementation of the emerging technologies. The Centre will also provide a means for interaction with relevant public and private sector stakeholders, both locally and internationally. The WEF C4IR Affiliate Centres are intended to be public-private partnerships, facilitated by government, but with strong buy-in from relevant private and public sector partners. This will allow for fast tracking of national development in this space through access to learning from other regions globally (through the C4IR Network), that are grappling with many of the same issues around the adoption of new and advancing technologies for public good and national growth