This project aims to bridge the digital divide and provide educational, medical, travel and tourism and freight logistics support to people working in areas where there are insufficient skills to support the local requirements, or which lack the required infrastructure.
"For example," says Cohen, "in some areas there are nurses but no doctors, and nurses may require support in making diagnoses. In others, teachers cannot attend teacher training and development and may need to undertake this online."
Through the Distance Support Project, which is still in the feasibility stage, the City hopes to establish multiple partnerships with industry players on short- and medium-term projects.
On the whole, the projects identified for sector support are expected to create new markets and identify initiatives that can stimulate opportunities for local ICT companies, as well as provide the basis for the transfer of IT solutions, so bridging the digital divide.