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Mauritius Cabinet emphasis on training to increase job opportunities

Mauritius Cabinet emphasis on training to increase job opportunities

In line with the Government’s vision of making Mauritius a ‘Smart Island’, the cabinet has taken note that this year`s Infotech will be held from 27 to 30 November at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, by the National Computer Board. (Image: Villa Cool)

Following the meeting held on August 29, 2014 the Mauritius cabinet has came forward with measures, recommendations and agreements in order to improve the financial and economic space of Mauritius.

Further to the meeting, the cabinet has taken note that the ICT Academy would be launched on September 8, 2014. The main objective of the Academy is to address the acute problem of mismatch and shortage of ICT Skills.

Furthermore, in line with the Government’s vision of making Mauritius a ‘Smart Island’, the cabinet has taken note that this year`s Infotech will be held from 27 to 30 November at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, by the National Computer Board.

As with the previous edition, the main objectives of Infotech are to create awareness on emerging technologies; provide business opportunities in the ICT sector; create awareness and encourage adoption of ICT tools for individuals and businesses.

Furthermore, in an attempt to increase equal chances for all, the cabinet has also taken note of a Dis’Ability Business Forum to be held this month on the theme “Be ‘Dis’Ability Confident”.

The main objectives of the Forum put forward by the Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Board, in collaboration with the Global Rainbow Foundation, are to: foster confidence among employers of public and private sectors; enable businesses to learn how to recruit and employ persons with disabilities on the basis of “abilities” and “as a matter of right”; develop full accessibility to disabled persons in organizations; and leverage new and innovative recruitment strategies for employers.

Finally, the cabinet has taken note that, at a High Level Ministerial and Experts Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy System and Governance for Sustainable Development and Climate Change Resilience of Small Island Developing States, organized by UNESCO, it was, amongst others, decided to set up a UNESCO Regional Centre for Ocean Sciences and Innovation for Capacity Development and Research in Mauritius.

The Centre would thus undertake, amongst others, the following activities: capacity building in ocean science, research and technology; feasibility and prototyping studies; environmental, marine health and social impact assessments; transfer of technology and innovative initiatives through regional collaboration; and facilitate the conversion of innovative ideas into commercial enterprises.

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