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March 06, 2013

At Ebony: Business Incubator 4000 Square Feet for 25 Young

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval, has announced the development of an area of 4000 square feet Ebony into a business incubator in the field of technology and communication to 'for 25 youth. This space will be made available by Mauritius Telecom who works on the project.

This announcement was made last week at the launch of the new joint service of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), Orange and State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) to allow taxpayers to pay the tax due by the through SMS. This project is in line with the government's policy to develop the information technology and to provide an opportunity for young people to start their own business.

Xavier-Luc Duval indicates that maturity, "these companies will be the flagship of the future information industry that develops Maurice." Finance Minister noted that this space available to 25 youth MT, will be equipped with technologies that allow them to work efficiently.

Twenty-five startups will be selected "on the basis of meritocracy," said the minister. And note that it has already met with young people about it. "They have a moratorium during which time they do not pay rent. They will be supervised professionals like MT working to complete their project, "he said. These young people will benefit from additional training in marketing among others. Duval added that if the project is successful Ebony, the government will renew the experience with other young people, including through a space to Abattoir Road, Port-Louis, at their disposal.

The Minister of Finance said that the presence of a large number of young people with new ideas that will benefit them. "There will be a cross-fertilization. We have a lot of potential in young people. We give them a hand to get started in life, "Mr. Duval advance.

Other projects

"Since the budget at the end of 2012, we have been saying that 2013 will be crucial for the adoption of new technologies both in government and in the private sector or in the public," emphasizes VPM Duval. It indicates that the government is working on a plan now "to achieve this vision." He stressed that the MRA has taken the lead with the introduction of digital reporting income for all and continues now with the facility offered by the mobile operator and the bank to pay the taxes owed by SMS. He hopes that other government departments follow the step of the MRA reducing the waiting time at the counters.

Mr. Duval concedes that many senior public not proficient with computers and information as it should. However, he insists that 2013 will be history with the introduction of digital services to make life easier for people.

"We Can not Afford to be behind," says the Minister of Finance, observing, however, that that day (note: last Thursday), the government portal newly renovated at a cost of Rs 50 million did not. Duval also announced the introduction of the digital signature, prepaid cards for electricity for the most vulnerable, the next edition of 20,000 tablets to school children and tablets for members of parliament. It also indicates that it is possible to make payments by credit card to a maximum of Rs 20,000 from a dozen government departments without having to pay commission.

 

Text by Le Mauricien
 

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