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ICT: Mauritius hosts the AFINIC-21’s Public Policy meeting

Date: November 26, 2014
Persona: Citizen; Government; Business

GIS – November 26, 2014: The African Network Information Centre’s 21st Public Policy meeting on the theme 'AFRINIC-21: A Decade of Open and Community-Driven Number Resource Management in Africa' officially opened this morning at Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène.
The objective is to create a discussion forum for building ICT infrastructures and capacities for regional business systems.  More than 150 International Delegates such as Network operators, Internet Service Providers, Governments, Education Professionals and Business Leaders from across 35 countries are attending the seven-day (22-28 November) event.  Topics being discussed include: Internet technology, Internet governance, Cyber security, critical Internet resources and policy development for the region.
In his opening address, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, said that in today’s world, where the internet is open and free, it is crucial for Governments and regulators to join in the talks with the technical community for an effective governance of the internet.
According to him, AFRINIC-21 comes at the right moment to give an impetus to the action already being undertaken by the Mauritian Government in trying to improve business performances through adoption of innovative technologies.  There is a growing amount of research aimed at bringing out the critical role of information and communication technologies and innovative technologies in improving business performances, he pointed out.
The Minister also highlighted that an important factor in the continued success of the Mauritius’ ICT sector is the visibility of the country on the world map as a viable and privileged offshoring destination.  Mauritius already stands out as a safe and preferred ICT destination and regularly stands out first in Africa as reported by numerous consultants such as Gartner, he further observed.
AFRINIC (African Network Information Centre) is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) in charge of the distribution of Internet number resources in the African and Indian Ocean region. IP addresses are critical Internet resources that allow devices to connect to the Internet.  The Centre’s role is crucial for the Internet.
In 2004, after a selection of potential host countries, AFRINIC was incorporated in Mauritius as the 5th worldwide RIR. Before this date, all the network operators in the African and Indian Ocean Region were requesting their Internet Resources either in America or in Europe.  It was decided that the Board will consist of elected representatives from the six identified sub-regions in Africa (Northern, Western, Central, Eastern, Indian Ocean and Southern).
AFRINIC’s Public Policy meetings are held twice a year in a different country in Africa and in the Indian Ocean region.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email:  Website:
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