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Governance in the era of the 4th industrial revolution in Africa 
Mzikayise Binza (Walter Sisulu University)
Omololu Fagbadebo (Durban University of Technology)
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Fulufhelo Netswera (Durban University of Technology)
Omololu Fagbadebo (Durban University of Technology)
Economy and Development (x) Infrastructure (y)
Philosophikum, S68
Thursday 1 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is growing in Africa. It provides employment opportunities to young Africans who have explored the prospects of mobile technologies and services. But the management of the continent's public sector threatens its sustainability.

Long Abstract:

The digitization of national economies using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a growing trend that has provided Africans with opportunities for sustainable development in the future. While the continent is endowed with rich human and material resources, the management of its public sector by the political and bureaucratic leadership has remained an obstacle to its bourgeoning crisis of governance. The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) requires sustainable infrastructural facilities such as constant electricity, for effective functioning. The Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), genetic engineering, and quantum computing, among others, would advance society's development in an environment characterized by good governance. Governance in Africa has remained a global concern as the poor management of the public sector continues to impact society negatively. Corruption continues to weaken state capacity while infrastructural decay impedes development and growth. This panel seeks to interrogate the nexus between governance and the future of African development in the era of the 4IR. One of the prospects of the 4IR is the autonomy of citizens and the advancement of their freedom. An improved social system with a flexible, knowledge-and skills-based economy would spur growth and development. Thus, for the 4IR to bear fruits of growth and development, there should be conscious reforms to deal with the culture of immunity and deviance that characterise leadership's management of the public sector.

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Session 1 Thursday 1 June, 2023, -