GIS- 15 December, 2017: Government is providing all the necessary technical support to empower people through the digitalisation of cooperative societies so as to help them modernise their activities and achieve better performance.
The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, made this statement yesterday at the launching of a Cooperative IT Centre, which comprises a set of five desktop computers, at the Social Welfare Centre of Montagne Blanche.
In his address, Minister Bholah highlighted that cooperative societies need to adopt digital technologies and computerisation processes to promote values of good governance and transparency. In the digital era, he emphasised, it is important for cooperatives to keep pace with technological evolution and reduce their dependency on paper works. Three other Cooperative IT Centres will be set up at St. Pierre, Maison des Eleveurs at Henrietta and the Centre Coopérative Régional at Rose Belle, he announced.
He underpinned that out of some 1 200 cooperative societies, only 10% manage to submit their financial statements annually. The setting up of IT Centres will now enable cooperatives to keep record of essential information as well as submit applications and pay annual fees online, he added.
Speaking about cooperatives’ Senior Members, Mr Bholah underscored that they are the backbone of cooperatives and the age factor should not be a barrier to continue learning. On this score, he urged them to become acquainted with new technologies.
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