GIS – December 4, 2013: The ICT-BPO International Conference along with the Youth Engagement Summit were inaugurated by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Balaclava.
The two three-day events are organised by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in collaboration with the Board of Investment and Extensia Ltd.
The conference is welcoming 250 international and local participants. Participants include IT Ministers of Namibia, Swaziland and Uganda as well as high-level government officials from Malawi and Angola.
‘At present, as we all in Africa move forward together we want to make sure that Mauritius does its part, and positions itself as a real ICT hub in the region, one that will facilitate cooperation, bringing together key players as we are doing here today and make its own contribution to driving this sector forward’, stated Minister Pillay Chedumbrum in his inaugural address. In fact, this has always been the very identity of Mauritius – this is a country that was born out of international trade and global economic progress, he pointed out.
As regards the youth’s role in the digital era, the Minister said that it is clear that ICT is inextricably linked to youth. According to him, young people, arriving every year on the job market are widely recognised as the most innovative people in modern society. ‘What they need is just the opportunity to engage and interact with the online world. Innovation and progress, new ideas, new applications have always happened through the fresh imagination and relentless energy of the young’, he observed.
The Minister also elaborated on ICT as an opportunity for a country to spur productivity and unleash innovation while also raising new forms of risk and security challenges. The impacts of ICT cutting across all economic sectors, the need for setting forward-looking policies and achieving long-term national targets were highlighted by the Minister.
For his part, the conference chair Dr Madan Rao, from Extensia, stressed the unique role that youth play in the digital era as digital natives. He emphasised the need for the industry and government to formulate and co-create engagement strategies for youth to build the future knowledge society.
An African ICT Ministers Roundtable focusing on the State of the ICT/BPO Industry – Present & Future Opportunities and Challenges, and Business Collaboration Meetings are also scheduled during the conference. Dedicated meetings between foreign delegates and local entrepreneurs on opportunities and exploring collaborative endeavours in the ICT-BPO sector will be held.
ICT-BPO International Conference – The Agenda
Central themes being discussed are: ICT in the African region (investment avenues, development, regional cooperation); and, showcasing Mauritius on the international scene.
Plenary panel sessions are focusing on the following: Outsourcing, Technology Innovations and Impact on Competitiveness of Nations and Corporations; The African Growth Story: Opportunities, Trends and Collaborative Models to Create Sustained Value; Creating, Leveraging and Establishing Interoperable Infrastructures; and, Developing a Sustainable Services Sector by Leveraging ICT “The Maturity and Experience of the Mauritian ICT Industry and its Capability to Export its Services in the Region”.
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