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January 31, 2012

Mauritius Shares ICT with Uganda

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday between the Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA) and the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) at the ministry of Information and Technology in Port Louis.

The minister of Information and Technology Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum who was present during the ceremony stated that the aim of the government is to make Mauritius a regional ICT hub.

“Mauritius has done a lot of progress in ICT sector and there are lots more to do. We are confident that we can help African countries in terms of expertise that we have acquired so far,” said Chedumbrum.

He added that other African countries including, Botswana, Mozambique and Congo will sign agreements with Mauritius in the near future.

In the context of the Safer Internet day to be celebrated on February 8, Chedumbrum stated that as a responsible government, it is its duty to enlighten the public on cyber crimes.

The minister assured the public that there is a filtering tool managed by the ICTA to filter sites which can be harmful for children. “The filtering system was set up at the beginning of December 2011 and until now I can say that we have a very good control of the situation,” said Chedumbrum.

He added that, “We are aware that the internet will revolutionise our island but we are also conscious about the harms that it can cause.”

Text by the Independent
 

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