USTDA Supports Digital Development in South Africa, Opportunities for U.S. Business

Cape Town, South Africa – Today, the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency hosted an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) U.S. Suppliers Forum. The Forum brought together more than 75 stakeholders to discuss the City of Cape Town’s smart city potential and collaboration opportunities to support upcoming investments, enabling the City’s digital advancement.

The Forum highlighted an ongoing USTDA feasibility study being conducted by California-based ICT and infrastructure consulting firm Global Resources, Inc.  The study has recommended 10 investment plans in core ICT infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems, as well as digital security, inclusion and literacy.  The City’s anticipated investments also present new opportunities for U.S. companies to supply innovative goods and services that can support Cape Town’s goals.

“Today’s information exchange will lead directly to further economic benefits for South Africa and export opportunities for the United States,” said Virginia Blaser, U.S. Consul General in Cape Town. “These new dialogues are essential as we continue to support Cape Town’s future goals to achieve lower costs, improved delivery of services and extended citizen outreach.”

“USTDA is proud to support this Forum and discuss how our feasibility study will connect our Cape Town partners with innovative U.S. companies that provide cutting-edge technologies and invaluable expertise,” said Heather Lanigan, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to presentations by USTDA and Global Resources, the Forum featured a briefing by City of Cape Town officials on strategies to increase ICT services and support the City’s vibrant digital economy.