GIS – October 8, 2014: The first Mauritius Digital Government Summit, aiming at monitoring progress in the implementation of the e-Government Strategy 2013-2017, opened this morning at the Le Labourdonnais Hotel, Caudan Waterfront, in Port Louis.
Organised by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the Summit has also as objectives to create awareness about e-Government solutions developed in or customised for the Government of Mauritius; share best practices in the sphere of e-Government, especially on policy issues, like Open Government Data and Data Governance; and position Mauritius as a regional hub for Digital/e-Government solution.
In his opening address, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, observed that it is important to have a resilient ICT sector which can take Mauritius to the next stage of growth. He expressed belief that ICT will have a very important role to play in achieving this and in helping the country to make the leap from a middle-income to a high-income economy.
According to the Minister, focus will be on Smart Mauritius in the process of that change. ‘When we talk about economy, it is no longer the traditional economy we used to talk about as we are now putting emphasis on the green, blue, knowledge, digital and internet economies. This is because we are preparing our nation in making the country the Smart Mauritius where everything will be digitalised’, he said. Digital engagement, he further stated, is among the most significant factors driving business today. In fact it is pushing the boundaries of traditional businesses, changing the way organisations are managed, and the way competition happens and it is against this backdrop that the Summit is being held, added the Minister.
Presentations and panel discussions during the Summit are focusing on the following: Expectation of private sector from e-Government; Improving Government performance by anticipating citizens’ needs; e-payment; business facilitation – e-work permit; Government cloud; needs for e-Governance in higher education.
The e-Government Strategy paper
The e-Government Strategy paper has been formulated by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, through the services of the Central Informatics Bureau, after wide-ranging consultations. It aims at reviewing the actual needs and making recommendations for a more effective, secured and efficient delivery of Government services to citizens and businesses. The e-Government Strategy also has as objectives to increase the participation of citizens in decision-making processes, enhance interactions of citizens and businesses with the Authorities and boost transparency and accountability in Government operations.
It is expected that the Strategy will thrust Mauritius by 2017 in the Top 50 leading countries as measured by the UN e-Government Index and lay the groundwork for the country’s transformation into a High Income Country by 2022.
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