Global e-Governance event to give Mauritius a platform to shine
Even as London readies for an e-Governance meeting, bringing together multiple stakeholders from across the world, the island economy has reason to cheer. The forum will give Mauritius, identified by the GSMA as a leader in e-Governance in Africa, a golden opportunity to showcase its e-Governance expertise. (Image: govtechnology Africa)
Even as London readies for an e-Governance meeting, bringing together multiple stakeholders from across the world, the island economy has reason to cheer. The forum will give Mauritius, identified by the GSMA as a leader in e-Governance in Africa, a golden opportunity to showcase its e-Governance expertise.
To promote the future of global internet cooperation, with focus on e-Governance, the panel comprising stakeholders from government, civil society, private sector, technical community and international organizations will be convened on December 12 – 13, 2013 in London.
A high-level report will be released in early 2014 for public comment, covering principles for worldwide Internet collaboration, proposed framework for such cooperation and a roadmap for future Internet governance challenges.
A recent report by the GSMA, the association representing telecom operators worldwide, bears out the Mauritian government’s thrust on the ICT sector. The report states that the Indian Ocean island leads in e-Governance in Africa, with government portals being important contributors to local content.
Coming back to the London e-Governance forum, many organizations were consulted and the members who have been chosen ensure that a regionally diverse cross-section of stakeholders will be represented.
The two outstanding technology champions who will be present at the large-scale event are Estonia’s president, Toomas Ilves, and internet founder Vint Cerf. Ilves will chair the group as he is a longtime public supporter of an open, secure and accessible Internet, while Cerf will serve as the vice-chair of the Panel.
Mauritius is fast taking strides as an international and competitive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) destination and has positioned itself as a regional ICT hub in Sub Saharan Africa.
ICT is a leading sector of the Mauritian economy, and, in 2011, the share of the sector stood at 6.7% of the GDP, equaling Rs 19.2 billion.
A fast and continuous growth has been experienced by the ICT sector over the recent years, and many foreign companies are setting up their base in Mauritius to carry out ICT and related activities.
Furthermore, government focus has yielded rich dividends. The National ICT Strategic (NICTSP) which was launched by the Mauritian government was reviewed for the period 2011 – 2014, and is one of the three activities undertaken under the Competitiveness and Public Sector Efficiency (CPSE) program.
The CPSE program’s aim is to maintain development and employment, while helping Mauritius to deal with the impact of the global recession.
For the forthcoming year, there are many important events the island can look forward to, which will take up Internet governance in all its complexities. Of these, the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, and a conference organized by Brazil in Spring 2014, deserve special mention.