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‘Mauritius and Malta must leverage similarities in ICT sector’

‘Mauritius and Malta must leverage similarities in ICT sector’

Equinox Advisory CEO stated at the third edition of the ICT/BPO International Conference 2013 that Mauritius and Malta have some similarities which can facilitate mutual benefits in the global market (Image:

Mauritius and Malta have great possibilities to learn from each other due to similarities in their ICT sectors, and can work together with the aim of sustainably achieving mutual benefits in the global market.

Maltese firm Equinox Advisory CEO, Bernard Mallia, made this statement at the third edition of the ICT/BPO International Conference 2013 held in Mauritius and organised under the aegis of ICT minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum.

This year’s edition centered round developing a strategy for the export of ICT-BPO services and solutions to Africa and countries located in the Mauritian region to develop the ICT sector for the next stage of growth.

Ministers from Africa, Europe, and Asia as well as African firms in the infrastructure space were present at the conference.

CEO Mallia represented Equinox Advisory – a specialist in legal, economic, corporate and technology services, with knowledge in public utility infrastructure, software and telecoms – at a plenary session dealing with connectivity and telecommunications in Africa.

Mallia added that to better exploit advantages in the Information and Communications space, both the African island economy and the Southern European nation need to be specialized and identified with a brand, either Brand Malta or Brand Mauritius.

He stated that connectivity and telecommunications are the two major development pillars for any country.

The CEO also commented on the way African nations should work in partnership to develop collaborative models where technical infrastructure is regarded as a shared model and growth is pursued collectively across chosen economic sectors.

It is time for Africa to improve so as the future generations would judge current leaders in Africa on the basis of prosperity, Mallia said, adding that these leaders should be evaluated on their ability to make Africa an open region rather than on how far they have been able to maintain the status quo.

During the conference, the role of policy-makers was also reviewed in terms of making the ICT sector the main contributor to GDP growth.

ICT opportunities and challenges were taken up under expert perspective and the participants had the opportunity to engage in high-level discussions.

Finally, solutions were brainstormed to work out connectivity, investment and digital divide problems in Africa.

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