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Mauritius : ICT- Development of National Open Source Software Policy Strategy

June 24, 2014

A validation workshop on the Development of a National Open Source Software Policy Strategy and Action Plan opened this morning at Sugar Beach Hotel, Flic en Flac.

Organised by the National Computer Board (NCB) jointly with ASTEC GLOBAL Ireland, the half-day workshop aims at presenting the strategies and recommendations proposed in a project regarding the development of a National Open Source Policy and Strategy for Mauritius.

ASTEC GLOBAL Ireland has been appointed by the EU to support the NCB in the development of the national Open Source Policy and Strategy. In this context, the consultants from ASTEC GLOBAL have had several consultation meetings with key stakeholders.

The main objective of the project is to develop strategies and plans for reinforcing the use of OSS to enhance value and improve technical efficiency within the Mauritian ICT sector and to develop local capacity/industry as well as bringing localised ICT tools to help develop local knowledge communities.

A presentation entitled A vision of Mauritius as a regional open source software (OSS) competence and excellence hub. An overview of OSS Policy, Strategy and key proposals was on the agenda of the workshop.

In his opening address, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum, observed that Governments throughout the world are today more supportive of OSS and the Mauritian Government is clearly aware of the benefits and positive impacts of using and fostering the usage of OSS.

According to the Minister, OSS has to be used as leverage to enhance human capital, increase the growth of a knowledge-based society and reduce the digital divide and software piracy rate. Government, he stated, recognises the benefits that OSS can provide in the creation of cost effective, reducing total cost of ownership in the ICT system, and providing valuable public software. OSS is recognised as one of the key factors for the development of a knowledge-based economy and in increasing the efficiency of local ICT companies, universities and public sector, he added.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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