Ahead of discussions on the third draft of the ICT Empowerment Charter led by the working group, The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in South Africa (SA) has reaffirmed its support to the ICT Charter in further promoting transformation within the ICT sector.
"For many years the chamber and its member companies have taken significant steps to increase broad-based black empowerment," says Luanne Grant, executive director at AmCham. "The group fully supports the goals of the charter in effectively managing the transformation process within the industry."
Members of AmCham have welcomed the opportunity afforded by the working group to address specific issues of the charter affecting operations of multinational companies. Members have prepared an official response to the third draft of the working charter and aim to discuss issues around scorecard requirements, equity ownership and specific offerings available by multinationals at the weekend.
"Many international companies have different offerings to contribute to the growth of an effective and vibrant local ICT economy, and these should not be discarded in the process," confirms Grant. "Members of the chamber represent some of the major suppliers, employers and contributors to the development of the local ICT industry, and are deeply committed to the SA government's BEE strategy."