GIS – December 2, 2014: A Magazine entitled ICT sector 2010-2014 … A Success story and focusing on achievements for the period 2010-2014, was launched by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, during a press conference today in Port Louis.
Produced by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the ICT magazine gives an account of the progress achieved towards the implementation of the SMART Mauritius strategy. It is expected that the document will serve as an ICT sector database for public, private and parastatal stakeholders.
Giving an overview of the ICT sector, Minister Pillay Chedumbrum, said that Mauritius is already a cyber-island and now focus is on making Mauritius a SMART island and a preferred and safe ICT destination. To this end, since 2010, several measures have been implemented such as democratising access to the internet. The Minister evoked the setting up of computer clubs on a regional basis and the WIFI Mauritius Programme as examples of this democratisation process.
In fact, 264 computer clubs are operational in Mauritius and free WIFI zones have been set up around the island in a bid to bridge the digital divide and to make internet a basic citizen’s right. Mauritius is also now one of the best connected countries with 54.1% internet penetration in the region, compared to the African continent’s rate standing at 13%.
According to Mr Pillay Chedumbrum, the ICT sector has a big role to play in making Mauritius become a high income economy and the sector can bring that sort of dynamism to attain that objective.
The ICT sector is currently the third pillar of the economy with a contribution to GDP presently standing at 6.4% and according to forecasts by the end of 2014, it can reach up to 7%, pointed out the Minister. He expressed conviction that the Government has been able to create the right environment to ensure that this sector progresses. The Minister moreover stressed the importance of ensuring solid partnerships in that endeavour such as the four Ps public-private-people-partnership.
We have also set policies for the future, said the Minister and enumerated policy decisions such as the National ICT Strategic Plan 2011-2014, the National Broadband Policy, the e-Government Strategy, the National Open Source Software Policy 2014, the National Cyber Security Strategy 2014-2019 and the National Green IT Strategy and Action Plan.
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