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Digitalisation enhances productivity and economic growth, says Prime Minister

Date: November 22, 2018
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GIS 22 November 2018: Government’s vision is to accelerate digitalisation of the society through innovation and adoption of technology so as to foster the economic development of Mauritius, by increasing productivity and efficiency and enhancing economic growth. However it is imperative for digitalisation to be inclusive and to be accessible to each and every one.
 
This was the gist of the message of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, this morning at the launching of the ‘Online Renewal of Motor Vehicle Licence System’ held at the Octave Wiehé auditorium in Réduit. The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, and other eminent personalities were present.
 
The Prime Minister highlighted that the project is part of Government’s endeavour to reduce the administrative burden on citizens. This online platform, he stated, which will be put in place by the National Transport Authority (NTA) with the collaboration of State Informatics Ltd, will allow vehicle owners to renew the registration of their vehicles and to effect payment of fees electronically. He recalled that currently some 1 000 transactions are undertaken daily at the counters of NTA Head Office and its sub offices at the three private Vehicle Examination Stations, at Post Offices and District Courts. The project would concern over 420 000 vehicles, excluding some 117,000 auto cycles, which are registered with the NTA, he added.
 
Prime Minister Jugnauth expressed satisfaction that the online platform will act as a barrier against fraudulent practices in terms of forged documents and falsified Motor Vehicle Licenses (MVL) as only genuinely registered vehicles will have successful access to the platform. The online system, he pointed out, will provide a one-stop-shop service which will be at the disposal of vehicle owners who will be able to connect virtually with the NTA system for the renewal of their MVL through their IT device on a 24/7 basis and effect payment.  A printed QR-Code vignette will have to be, in the case of a motorcycle, in the custody of the rider of the motorcycle; and in the case of a trailer or any other motor vehicle, be carried in the trailer or vehicle. Compliance with the Road Traffic will be ensured by the Police, Road Transport Inspectors and Traffic Wardens, he underlined.
 
While lauding this significant E-services project, the Prime Minister recalled that several initiatives have been implemented to drive the country forward in its digitalisation journey. They include: high speed internet connection in primary schools and distribution of tablets; installation of 4 000 cameras around the country as part of the Smart City project; computerisation of the Revenue Management System at the level of the judiciary; installation of the Passenger Information System at the airport; implementation of E-health project; creation of MauriCloud to offer a platform for issuance and verification of documents and certificates digitally; and E-licensing at the level of the Economic Development Board.
 
For his part, Minister Sawmynaden highlighted that the vehicle fleet in Mauritius is increasing at an average yearly rate of 5% and hence the relevance of the Online Renewal of Motor Vehicle Licence System. This platform, he stated, will provide a customer-oriented service and rid vehicle owners of long waiting times and other disturbances in terms of parking and obligation to take work leave from work, as well as relieve both vehicle owners and officers at the counters.
 
He also added that in line with Government’s vision to move the country towards digitalisation, the Real Time Bus System will soon be launched. According to him, the provision of real-time information concerning bus arrival times will potentially reduce the uncertainty associated with public transport trips and improve the overall level of service.
 
 
In his address, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, highlighted that a Cashless payment system in buses and the metro will soon be implemented. In that context, he announced that a delegation from SMRT is currently in Mauritius to work on the project. This system, he said, will eliminate security and efficiency issues aligned with cash fare collection and introduce a more effective and organised bus fare collection process.
 
The Online Renewal of Motor Vehicle Licence System
 
The project concerns over 420 000 vehicles, excluding some 117 000 auto cycles, which are registered with the NTA. 
 
Following a bidding exercise launched by the NTA, the State Informatics Limited, was in June this year, awarded the contract for the implementation of the project. It will be launched on a pilot basis for a period of six months. Two hundred electronic readers have already been procured by the NTA for enforcement purposes.
 
Regulations are being made to cater both for the existing Motor Vehicle Licence and the electronic version of the licence.  This implies that the conventional Motor Vehicle Licence, commonly known as the Licence Vignette, will remain valid and will give vehicle owners the option of renewing their Motor Vehicle Licence by calling physically at a counter or via the online platform. 
 
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org
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