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Deloitte director Dr Martyn Davies appointed to 4IR Task Force by Namibian government

Dr Martyn Davies, the Managing Director for Emerging Markets and Africa at Deloitte, has been appointed to a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Task Force by the Namibian government. The eight-member panel, which was announced this week and was appointed by President Hage Geingob of Namibia is set to assist the Namibian government to prepare for the 4IR during a 12-month tenure. Davies is also the Deloitte Africa Automotive sector lead as well as the Dean of the Deloitte Alchemy School of Leadership.

“It really is a great honour to be recognised by the president of Namibia for this role. It is imperative that African countries both embrace and enable technological change and that the state becomes more entrepreneurial,” Davies said of his appointment.

The Task Force is chaired by professor Anicia Peters, pro-vice chancellor of research, innovation, and development at the University of Namibia (Unam). Along with Davies, the task force is made up of fellow South African, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, vice chancellor of the University of Johannesburg; Unam vice chancellor Kenneth Matengu; Namibia University of Science and Technology vice chancellor Erold Naomab; Grace Hamauka, senior economist with the Bank of Namibia; Dino Balloti, SME development manager at the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board as well as Nashilongo Gervasius, former president of the Internet Society of Namibia.

“The Task Force is responsible for conducting a country assessment to determine the readiness of Namibia for 4IR and make recommendations towards a co-ordinated and coherent policy and legislative framework,” President Geingob said in a statement.

Outlining what he hoped to contribute, Davies noted, “It is very early days, but we have to start somewhere, and some small initial wins can quickly scale and feed into the narrative of Namibia being viewed as a technology focused economy similar to how Rwanda has done this in recent times.” Davies says he hopes to influence and shape economic thinking in South Africa’s North Westerly neighbour, renowned for its natural beauty and diversity. “After all it’s not about resources, it’s about talent and how the country generates, attracts and mobilises it,” Davies said.

Davies has been with Deloitte since 2015. He has built his career and profile on advising multinational companies and governments on market entry strategies into emerging markets. He has previously been a top ranked analyst by the Financial Mail on ‘Africa and other markets’ He is a Global Fellow at the MasterCard Centre for Inclusive Growth.

Davies appointment follows Deloitte South Africa’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to share technical expertise in support of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution South Africa (C4IR SA).

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