Digital strategies was on top of the agenda of the two-day hybrid conference hosted by Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Dr Chana Pilane-Majake and Danish Ambassador to South Africa, Tobias Elling Rehfeld.
Speaking about rapid changes in the digital landscape and global geo-political shifts, the Deputy Minister addressed the need to be adaptable and resilient.
“In order to navigate a volatile and unpredictable digital landscape, we have to adopt a learning attitude and engage across sectoral, regional and continental boundaries.
“The dialogue, funded by the South African and European Union’s (SA-EU) Strategic Partnership, provided a platform for mutual learning about digital governance strategies in Denmark, South Africa and other leading countries,” she said.
On Tuesday, 5th April, a delegation from Denmark visited Tshimologong Precinct in Johannesburg and the State Information Agency in Pretoria to experience the status of digital transformation in South Africa.
The conference that followed, combined a traditional knowledge-based seminar approach with “beyond talk” creative co-design sessions.
The Deputy Minister encouraged delegates to be learners, to seek collaboration and cooperation not just in theory, but in a way that would lead to concrete actions and outcomes that results in real benefits for citizens.
She requested that delegates be honest in their conversations and to share failures, frustrations and learnings.
The dialogue aims to provide strategic insight and guidance for the South African and Danish policy- and strategy-making processes, and contributed to the development and implementation of pragmatic and responsive roadmaps for effective digital governance.