Regulation needed to address technological challenges: Mbumba

27 Sep 2018 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – Appropriate policy and regulatory response by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) governments is needed to address challenges caused by technology and new inventions.
This was said by Vice President Nangolo Mbumba at the opening of the meeting of SADC Committees of Ministers responsible for Information and Communication Technology, Information, Meteorology and Transport here on Thursday.
The five-day meeting started Monday and is reviewing the implementation of 42 resolutions taken during the last meeting held in September 2017 in Durban, South Africa, to be implemented by the SADC Secretariat and the SADC implementing agencies and member states.
In a keynote address read on his behalf, Mbumba said the incorrect usage of such technology and inventions can go against acceptable norms and values.
“The dawn of new technology together with the positives also brought negative externalities such as the proliferation of fake news, group hate speech, dissemination of pornographic material, cybercrime and similar undesirable practices,” he said.
The vice president noted that the meteorology sector, new satellite technology and climate modelling on super computers were improving Africa’s ability to respond to drought, floods, storms, fires and heatwaves.
However, more is needed for SADC to better cope with the effects of global warming.
“Strategic collaborations and technology with developed and developing countries are essential for SADC to premise their policy planning on effective prognosis of the weather and other climatic occurrences,” Mbumba said.