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ICT projects in Mauritius: Mobile Banking & the migration of telephone numbers from 7 to 8 digits

ICT projects in Mauritius: Mobile Banking & the migration of telephone numbers from 7 to 8 digits

February 21, 2013- Main projects in the pipeline in the ICT sector for year 2013 were elaborated upon by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, yesterday during a press conference in Port Louis. These projects include Mobile Banking, Migration from Seven to Eight Digits of Non-Geographic E.164 Telephone Numbers and ICT Expo 2013.

In a bid to bring more innovation in the Mauritian system, the Mobile Banking project is being introduced on a pilot basis, said Minister Pillay Chedumbrum. Mobile Banking is in line with making optimum use of ICT to modernise the Mauritian economy and facilitate the life of citizens. A first batch of 10 e-payment services, including the payment of parking fines, business registration fees and income tax is being made available.

A guideline regulating mobile banking and mobile payment systems has been issued by the Bank of Mauritius on 5 February 2013, the Minister pointed out. The objective of this guideline is to promote a sound financial system in Mauritius and regulate the mobile banking and mobile payment systems. It is intended for providers of mobile banking and mobile payment services. The guideline, effective as from 18 February 2013, applies to bank-based and non-bank-based mobile banking and mobile payment service providers.

Another major project, the Minister said, is the migration from Seven to Eight Digits of Non-Geographic E.164 Telephone Numbers assigned for Mobile Networks, which will be effective as from 1st September 2013. The migration is necessary in view of development in technology, particularly, those linked to convergence of fixed and mobile networks and services.

As regards ICT Expo 2013, the Minister said that this event represents an opportunity to create awareness on emerging technologies in the sector.

The National Computer Board will organise ICT Expo 2013 in Rose Belle at the “Centre Commercial du Vieux Moulin” on 13 and 14 April and at Goodlands Farmers Service Corporation on 27 and 28 July 2013. The main objectives of the Expo are to sensitise the public on the potential applications of ICT and choice of technology for effective business and individual solutions; and, bring Government services closer to the people by providing accessible services.

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Source: Government of Mauritius

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