Event Details

Friday, May 4, 2018

South Africa Smart Cities Business Briefing in Silicon Valley

Event Information

Date & time

Friday, May 4, 2018
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

San Francisco Bay Area , CA

Contact

Heather Burns at +1-212-490-0460 or hburns@bciu.org

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency is hosting the South Africa Smart Cities Reverse Trade Mission, to introduce decision-makers from the Government of South Africa (GoSA) to innovative U.S. technologies, equipment, and services — as well as policies, regulations, and financing mechanisms — that can support South Africa’s commitment to the advancement of smart cities and information and communication technologies (ICT) for both economic growth and social inclusion. 

As part of the visit, USTDA will host a half-day Business Briefing on May 4, 2018 from 8:30am to 12:00pm in the San Francisco Bay Area. One-on-one meetings with the delegates will be available. RSVP is required. To reserve your seat, click the link below. 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WILL FEATURE:

  • An overview of municipal project opportunities in:
    • Cape Town
    • Ekurhuleni
    • Johannesburg
    • Mangaung
    • Tshwane (Pretoria) 
  • Stakeholder engagement and market opportunities
  • Project development and procurement opportunities for smart cities technologies and services

ATTEND THE BUSINESS BRIEFING TO:

  • Learn about upcoming project opportunities
  • Understand the goals of smart city initiatives across South Africa
  • Meet one-on-one with key decision-makers 
  • Form new business partnerships

DELEGATES REPRESENT

City of Cape Town Municipality

City of Ekurhuleni

City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality

City of Tshwane (Pretoria) 

The Department of Tele-communications and Postal Services (DTPS) 

Mangaung Metro Municipality

Mobility Centre for Africa

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Transnet National Ports Authority  

BACKGROUND

South Africa is committed to the advancement of smart cities and ICT for both economic growth and social inclusion. The GoSA is investing in the expansion of broadband infrastructure and ICT to promote the country as a globally competitive location for foreign direct investment in smart cities. GoSA’s National Development Plan (NDP) sets a strong framework for smart city development, yet cities and municipalities are tasked with planning, financing and implementing the projects. Despite the many deployments of smart city technologies in South Africa, there are still significant opportunities for U.S. private sector involvement. Only half of the population is connected to the internet and the cost of mobile data remains high. As a global leader in the development and deployment of ICT technologies, the U.S. private sector is poised to participate in these opportunities, supporting the development of smart cities across South Africa. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies interested in increased visibility. 
 

For more information, please contact Heather Burns at hburns@bciu.org or +1-212-490-0460.