The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The Network for Global Technology Governance

How can we maximize the benefits of science and technology for society? That’s our mission. To achieve it, we’ve created a global hub of expertise, knowledge-sharing and collaboration, based in San Francisco.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2017 established the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network for Global Technology Governance (C4IR).  Headquartered in San Francisco, the Centre has partnered with governments and private companies to establish hubs in China, India and Japan in order to scale and accelerate projects globally as well as Affiliate Centres in Colombia, Israel, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa which are managed and operated locally by governments and/or invited companies and academic institutions.

The South African affiliate centre (C4IR-SA) will facilitate the adoption of transformative technologies through development of technology governance frameworks and policies informed by South Africa’s socio-economic imperatives and shaped by South Africa’s unique contexts and circumstances as a developing economy. Due to the globalised nature of the economy and the digital transformation, South Africa and Africa as a whole will need to actively collaborate both internally and externally in order to remain competitive.

Agile Policy Development

We’re co-developing and piloting governance and policy frameworks to keep up with the pace of technology evolution.

National and Global Cooperation for Impact

The Centre draws on private sector, government, academia and civil society to co-design technology governance frameworks.

Brochure: Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a newly established focal point within the international community for multistakeholder dialogue and concrete cooperation on governance challenges and opportunities presented by
advanced technologies. Read more here.

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Addressing challenges in South Africa and the Region

We address technology areas relvant to South Africa and our neighbors, that address our societal and economic needs.

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