Strong Representation of South Africa at Viva Technology in Paris
The 2018 edition of Viva Technology, annual exhibition dedicated to innovation and digital transformation launched two years ago in Paris, has established itself as a worth experiencing global rendezvous, with more than 300 speakers, 9 000 start-ups and 125 nationalities present.
This edition has put South Africa in the spotlight, first through its national pavilion in the African ecosystem Afric@ Tech along with Rwanda, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal. The South African delegation led by Dr Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, was made of more than 50 start-ups including 13 funded by the DTI. In addition to the speakers and students taking part in a hackathon, South Africa was promoted through the announcement of a key long-term partnership with AfricArena, the Cape Town-based tech conference set for November. On top of that, two South African start-ups, Vizibiliti Insight and Sun Exchange, were successful through the different challenges.
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In order to promote investment opportunities in South Africa, Minister Davies met different high level stakeholders on the side-lines of the event. His meeting with the Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mr Mounir Mahjoubi, and seven of his African counterparts led to a discussion on the potential outcomes of French president Emmanuel Macron’s proposals for Africa. He also had a bilateral meeting with Mr Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and with Ms Delphine Geny-Stephann, Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, to discuss trade policy issues, challenges around the fourth industrial revolution and the forthcoming bilateral meetings (in particular a major business forum and a potential economic committee for the beginning of November 2018). He gave an address in front of the French Business Confederation, MEDEF international, with about 20 French enterprises to discuss the business environment and current reforms, in order to attract foreign investments in South Africa.