The National Integrated ICT Policy: Discussion Paper was published on 14 November 2014 by the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. Rapid changes in the ICT sector meant that the ICT framework needed to be updated. The review process for the ICT Policy started in 2012 when the government developed the National Development Plan. This Discussion Paper is the third phase in the review process for the new National Integrated ICT Policy.
The role of the public
The comments and recommendations submitted by the public played a large role in the review process of the policy. People were able to provide their comments on the Framing paper and the Green paper, which was a source of valuable information.
These comments and recommendations are now included in the Discussion Paper. Government also held consultations across all nine provinces in a bid to reach more members of society.
The Discussion Paper is the last phase where the public will be able to comment and give their opinions and ideas. The initial deadline to submit comments was extended to give more people the opportunity to comment.
The Discussion Paper
Although the Discussion Paper is divided into different Option Papers, we must look at it holistically. The full picture is needed to understand what the effect will be on you and your business. Option Papers cover the following aspects of the ICT sector:
- Key principles and approaches
- Infrastructure and services
- The digital society
- Audio and audio visual content services
- ICT industry growth
- Institutional Frameworks.
What you can do
- Familiarise yourself with the documents and identify what parts of the Paper apply to you and your business.
- Submit comments before the deadline and add your contribution to the review process. This is your last chance to make a comment and influence the drafting of the White Paper. Public comments are due by 30 January 2015.