GIS – September 12, 2013: A two day workshop on the theme Effective Use of ICTs for Disaster Management opened this morning at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava. It is organised at the initiative of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority and the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation.
Key stakeholders involved in disaster management in Mauritius are being called upon, during the workshop, to come up with recommendations on how to leverage ICTs for disaster management. Participants comprise members of the National Disaster Committee, as well as operators and the civil society.
Topics being discussed include: Examining the Policy Maker’s and regulator’s Log Frame; National Emergency Telecommunications Planning; Emergency plans of local operators; Real-time flood monitoring using fixed or mobile sensor networks; Examining the Technology Provider’s and Operator’s Log Frame; and International Treaties and Arrangements applicable to Disaster Management.
The leading resource persons are: Dr Cosmas Zavazava, Chief of Department, Project Support and Knowledge Management, Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union; Dr Christian G. Claudel, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia; and Dr Corlane Barclay from the University of West Indies, Jamaica.
In his address, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection and Acting Minister of Information and Communication, Mr Sayyad Abd-Al-Cader Sayed-Hossen, pointed out that there is the risk that one day a major disaster may occur in Mauritius, in the wake of of global climate change. In that respect, he said, Government has made disaster preparedness and mitigation a national priority and has pledged its commitment to the increased use and dependency of ICT both by the authorities and private organisations.
According to the Minister, disaster preparedness readily speaks about putting in place plans so that in the event of a disaster, and to the extent that it is feasible, people, processes and tools continue to operate in spite of being struck by a disaster in order to ensure the safety of the people. In that regard ICT has a very important role to play, he said.
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