South Africa will be joining China, India and Japan, who already have the affiliate centre.
The C4IR, which is intended to be launched in September in SA, acts as a hub for global, multi-stakeholder cooperation to develop policy frameworks and advance collaborations that accelerate the benefits of science and technology.
It focuses on issues of local concern and contributes to the overall research and thought leadership processes of the C4IR network.
The South African government, through the Department of Science and Technology, intends to establish its affiliate centre as a public-private partnership based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the establishment of the South African C4IR affiliate centre will provide a platform for stakeholders in South Africa to work together on the evolution of new technologies.
Head of the WEF's C4IR Network, Murat Sönmez, urged South Africa to make sure that 4IR technologies benefit all communities, particularly the poor. This, he said, is important as technology in the 4IR environment is advancing rapidly.
"South Africa has the potential to contribute to all these developments in the global network and has a seat on the C4IR advisory board, helping to shape what we are intent on achieving. We are therefore looking forward to hosting this affiliate centre in South Africa," Sönmez said.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)