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Digital engagement is a major driver of business today: Mauritius ICT Minister

Digital engagement is a major driver of business today: Mauritius ICT Minister

The e-Government Strategy paper has been formulated by Mauritius ICT Minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, through the services of the Central Informatics Bureau, after wide-ranging consultations. (Image: The Outsourcing)

The first Mauritius Digital Government Summit seeks to ease the path of the island economy towards a Smart Island, also helping it to make a smoother transition from a middle-income to a high-income economy in the process.

The summit, which aims to monitor progress in the implementation of the e-Government Strategy 2013-2017, opened yesterday, October 08, 2014 at the Labourdonnais Hotel, in Port Louis.

Organised by the ICT Ministry, the main objectives of the summit were to, first, create awareness about e-Government solutions developed in or customised for the Government of Mauritius; secondly, share best practices in the sphere of e-Government, especially policy issues like Open Government Data and Data Governance; and finally, to position Mauritius as a regional hub for Digital/e-Government solution.

In his opening address, ICT Minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum observed the importance of a resilient ICT sector which can drive Mauritius to the next level.

He also expressed belief that ICT will have a crucial role to play in achieving this objective, and also in helping the country to make the leap from a middle-income to a high-income economy.

According to the Minister, all eyes will be on Smart Mauritius in the process of that change.

“When we talk about the economy, it is no longer the traditional economy we used to speak about,” he noted.

“We are now putting emphasis on the green, blue, knowledge, digital and internet economies. This is because we are preparing our citizens towards transforming our country into Smart Mauritius where everything will be digitalized”, he added.

Digital engagement, he highlighted, is among the most significant factors driving business today.

“In fact, digital engagement is pushing the boundaries of traditional businesses, changing the way organisations are managed, and the way competition happens and it is against this backdrop that the Summit is being held,” the Minister added.

Presentations and panel discussions during the Summit focused on the following: Expectation of private sector from e-Government; Improving government performance by anticipating citizens’ needs; e-payment; business facilitation through e-work permit; Government cloud; needs for e-Governance in higher education.

Further, the e-Government Strategy paper has been formulated by Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, through the services of the Central Informatics Bureau, after wide-ranging consultations.

It aims at reviewing the actual needs and making recommendations for a more effective, secured and efficient delivery of Government services to citizens and businesses.

The e-Government Strategy also aim at to increase the participation of citizens in decision-making processes, enhance interactions of citizens and business firms with the authorities, and to boost transparency and accountability in Government operations.

It is expected that the Strategy will propel Mauritius in the Top 50 leading countries by 2017, as measured by the UN e-Government Index, and lay the groundwork for the country’s transformation into a High Income Country by 2022.

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