A validation workshop on the Development of a National Open Source Software Policy Strategy and Action Plan opened this morning at
Organised by the National Computer Board (NCB) jointly with ASTEC GLOBAL
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
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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