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Understanding SA's Digital Economy

When: Wednesday, 30 November 2022 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Where: Donald Gordon Auditorium
Parktown Management Campus
Donald Gordon Auditorium, Parktown Management Campus, 2 St David’s Place.
Start time:10:00

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Cost: Free but registration is required

Join us for a discussion on digital markets and how they operate, with leading experts.

The Tayarisha Initiative on Digital Governance at the Wits School of Governance in partnership with Google will present an African Digital Governance Dialogues Series aimed to educate key stakeholders and the public on digital markets and how they operate.

The first dialogue, Understanding South Africa’s Digital Economy and the role of Regulation, Innovation and Competition, will take place on Wednesday, 30 November 2022 at 10:00 until 12:00 at the Donald Gordon Auditorium, Parktown Management Campus, 2 St David’s Place.

WSG Head of School, Professor Mzukisi Qobo will moderate the dialogue and the panel will comprise:

Abongile Mashele, Senior Manager: Government Affairs and Public Policy of Google South Africa

Krisztian Katona, Vice President of Global Competition and Regulatory Policy, Computer and Communications Industry Association

Mamongae Mahlare, Group CEO of Takealot

Thandi Smith, Head of Programmes of Media Monitoring Africa

Dr Sibongiseni Thotsejane, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, F.L.I. Global

This series was developed because there is a need for government, policy markers, business users, customers and regulators to understand these markets to ensure that the benefits can be reaped while mitigating any harm. Digital markets are disruptors and challengers and provide economic opportunity to new and small entrants through innovation. Therefore, overall economic contribution within these markets should not be discounted.

A one-size-fits-all approach to complex and divergent markets cannot be taken in this regard and it is essential that parties are able to understand these markets in the relevant context to ensure that any policy development is appropriate.


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