Digital Democracy: Mauritius to become a Smart Nation with e-governance support
The fourth edition of a Knowledge Series Workshop organized by the ICT Ministry in collaboration with telecommunications major Emtel, was held under the theme ‘The Future of Digital Banking and Payments’ on September 25, 2014. (Image: Emtel, File Photo)
The island government is determined to make Mauritius a Smart Nation and today, the focus lies heavily on the digital economy and the internet economy, beside the green and blue economies, said ICT minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum.
He was speaking at a workshop on digital payment mechanism organized by the ICT Ministry in collaboration with telecommunications major Emtel.
This was incidentally the fourth edition of a Knowledge Series Workshop, with the latest chapter being held under the theme ‘The Future of Digital Banking and Payments’ on September 25, 2014.
Held at Ebène Cyber-city, the workshop provided a range of stakeholders with a golden opportunity to discuss ICT infrastructure and capacities for Mauritian Business systems.
Minister Chedumbrum showed the several ways in which the ICT sector contributes to the Mauritian economy, and the progress achieved by this upcoming sector in having already become the third pillar of the economy.
He highlighted that the government is keen to make Mauritius a Smart Nation and also stressed the importance of e-governance in bringing that process to fruition.
The minister stated that e-governance is intrinsically considered a government transformation project which supports fundamental elements of good governance such as democracy, government effectiveness, as well as just and honest governance.
An expert in Internet Banking from Finland, Bo Harald, was the guest for this fourth edition where he presented on the theme ‘A Strategic Vision for Payments.’
It may be noted that Bo Harald was the chairperson of the leading global organisation for promoting mobile financial transactions, the Mobey Forum.
Harald highlighted the necessity of having a roadmap to define a national ecosystem.
He also noted the importance of having collaboration to bring about innovation and stimulate competition in the payments industry, because public and private collaboration is fundamental to the process of implementing and perpetuating digital payments.
The workshop presented the latest insights on digital payment mechanisms and enabled participants from banking and financial institutions, insurance companies, regulators and policy makers, and digital and mobile service providers, to analyse the right ecosystem for the uptake of the digital payment mechanism.
Other panel sessions focused on: Regulatory Context – The Future Payment Focus; Creating Exceptional Customer Experience; and, New Technology Initiatives driving innovation in payments and digital banking.
Besides Bo Harald, other noteworthy speakers were Mauritius Central Bank governor Rundheersing Bheenick, Emtel CEO Shyam Roy and ABAX CEO Richard Arlove, among others.
Ultimately, the workshop aimed to promote better service delivery to citizens and develop efficiencies in both public and private sector organizations.