Mauritius officially inaugurated an industry-driven ICT Academy, based on a public-private partnership (PPP) model this week at the Cyber Tower 1, in Ebène Cyber-city.

The driving force behind the project is to help Mauritius keep pace with the latest developments on digital economy, knowledge economy, internet economy and internet of things.

More importantly, the island economy can then train its human capital in the required direction in order to respond to the problem of mismatch and shortage in the ICT sector.

The ICT academy is also expected to help in capacity building and to provide support in producing a skilled workforce capable of feeding the growing ICT/BPO sector in Mauritius.

In his opening address at the inauguration ceremony, Mauritius ICT Minister Tassarajen Pillay Chedumbrum said that the ICT sector is poised for phenomenal growth.

He noted that the focus should now be on a whole new phase of economic development, given that this sector has been identified as one of the pillars to transform Mauritius into a high-income economy.

“If we want to stay ahead and maintain our position as an ICT regional hub, we need a qualified and trained labour force,” he said.

According to him, emphasis should be on human capital development and in capacity building.

“We need to raise the skills and capacities of our people, harness the power of technology, as well as modernise and streamline our institutions,” he pointed out.

“The ICT Academy will, with the proper infrastructure for training, help to upgrade our human capital so as to generate more value-added per worker,” the minister emphasized.

He noted that ICT initiatives can greatly contribute to employment, income generation and poverty reduction.

Operational since June, the academy has dispensed training courses on Certified Network Security Management and Secure Software Development practices.

As a learning centre, the academy offers ICT management training services and training programs that are either standard, ready-made, or specifically customised to suit the customer’s needs.

Image (MITIA): The ICT academy is expected to help in capacity building and to provide support in producing a skilled workforce capable of feeding the growing ICT/BPO sector in Mauritius.

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