The minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum on Thursday announced that following the success of Infotech 2010, two ICT expos will be held to create more awareness among the public on emerging technologies and to bring ICT closer to Mauritians.
The minister was attending a press conference organised by the National Computer Board (NCB) in Port Louis to announce the ICT expos that will take place throught the island.
The first fair will be held on August 6 and 7 at the Rivière des Anguilles community centre while the second will be held on August 20 and 21 at Rivière du Rempart.
The theme of the event is ‘Connecting Communities‘ and will be attended by the ICT minister, who will be the chief guest.
The minister, who came up with the idea stressed that it is important to democratise access to ICT.
“We are organising these events in rural regions because we want to create greater awareness about IT tools. It is the government‘s philosophy to put people first,” he stated.
The NCB executive director Dan Faugoo said that around 3,000 visitors are expected at the events during 2011.
NCB chairman Suraj Ramgolam underlined that the two expos are being organised to prepare for the 18th edition of Infotech in November.The Information and Communication Technology(ICT) expo will include an ICT exhibition, a job fair, gaming zone, cyber caravan, prizes and lucky draws.
The exhibition will house around 15 stands for exhibitors. On this occasion, several ICT companies will showcase their technology, products, solutions and services.
The job fair will also host three companies that will conduct on-the-spot recruitment in the IT/BPO sector of the economy