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Mauritius Blockchain Center of Excellence to be set up in January 2018

Date: November 20, 2017
Domain:Business & Industry; ICT
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 20 November, 2017: The Mauritius Blockchain Center of Excellence will be set up in January 2018. This was announced by the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, on Friday 17 November 2017 at a Presidential Lecture held at the State House, Le Réduit.
The lecture on ‘Unleashing the Wealth with Blockchain Technology for Economic Development’ by Mr Julius O Akinyemi, Entrepreneur in Residence at the MIT and Founder & CEO, UWINCorp and Ms Sandra Ro, Managing Partner & COO, UWINCorp, was an initiative of the Office of the President in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America.
On this occasion, the President underlined that Blockchain is perhaps the biggest innovation in computer science to date. We have experienced the first generation of the digital revolution that gave us the Internet of Information, she said and added that the second generation which is being powered by Blockchain technology, is bringing the internet of value. In collaboration with UWINCorp, she underpinned, we are creating a new platform that will shape the world of finance, business and science as never before and transform the old order for the better.
The mission of Mauritius Blockchain Center of Excellence will be threefold: blockchain education, community building, and development of use cases, which solve real world problems. The initial founding members and governing board members will include representatives from several institutions namely State Bank of Mauritius (SBM), Rogers Capital, and UWINCorp (Mauritius) Ltd. Members as Observers will include the Office of the President, the Ministry of Innovation, Communication and Technology, Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security and the Financial Services Commission.
For her part, Mrs Ro underlined that Mauritius has the opportunity to leverage its competencies by its ease of conducting business, strategic location, and keenness to advance technology to become a significant blockchain epicenter. She also highlighted the collaboration with other stakeholders to bring blockchain expertise to Mauritius and help develop a local blockchain brain trust and opportunities for Mauritius  
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