ICT-BPO conference meets Youth Engagement summit in Mauritius
ICT minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum highlighted the youth’s role in the digital era, stating that it is clear that ICT is inextricably linked to youth. (Image: National Computer Board)
Mauritius is forever pushing the envelope as an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hub and the three-day long ICT-BPO International Conference that kicked-off yesterday is likely to give a further boost to the island economy.
Inaugurated by ICT minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava, the dual theme of the conference is ICT in the African region (investment avenues, development, regional cooperation); and, showcasing Mauritius’ ICT skills on a global platform.
Besides, the inaugural Youth Engagement Summit (YES) is being held at the same venue. With over 35% of Africa’s population are between the ages of 15 and 35 years – making Africa the most youthful continent – the importance of the three-day long event cannot be emphasized enough.
Both events have been organised by the ICT ministry in collaboration with the Board of Investment and Extensia Ltd.
The conference is being attended by 250 international and local delegates. Participants include IT Ministers from Namibia, Swaziland and Uganda, as well as high-level government officials from Malawi and Angola.
Pillay Chedumbrum noted in his inaugural address that as all Africans move forward together, the government wants to make sure that Mauritius does its part, and positions itself as a real ICT hub in the region.
In fact, this has always been the very identity of Mauritius –a country born out of international trade and global economic progress, he pointed out.
As regards the youth’s role in the digital era, the minister said that it is clear that ICT is inextricably linked to youth. According to him, young people, arriving every year on the job market are widely recognised as the most innovative people in modern society with their ‘fresh imagination’ and ‘relentless energy’.
The minister also elaborated on ICT as an opportunity for the country to spur productivity and unleash innovation, while also posing new forms of risk and security challenges. As the impact of ICT cuts across sectors, setting forward-looking policies and achieving long-term national targets were highlighted by the minister.
An African ICT Ministers Roundtable focusing on the State of the ICT/BPO Industry – Present & Future Opportunities and Challenges, and Business Collaboration Meetings have also been scheduled during the conference.
Further, dedicated meetings between foreign delegates and local entrepreneurs on opportunities and exploring collaborative endeavours in the ICT-BPO sector will be held.