The 4th edition of the eGov Conference 2017 was held on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 April at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava. Organised by State Informatics Ltd (SIL), the event was an opportunity for guests to discuss the opportunities that digital transformation can bring to public administration. This theme highlighted the global trends that are emerging through new technologies and reflected on their use in government and among citizens.
SIL seeks to expand its operations in Africa
The eGov Conference 2017 was a boon for SIL, allowing it to showcase its new products to its public sector partners. The parastatal is relying on its know-how and knowledge of regional markets to launch its African activities in order to optimize its future growth.
“We currently make 30% of our turnover from our activities in Africa. Our goal is to increase this share to 50% within a few years. We have projects, some of which are in the implementation phase, in some 15 countries. We just signed a contract with the Senegalese government for a project to improve their business environment. A team from SIL has already gone there and work has already started,” according to SIL General Manager Kemraz Mohee.
Since its creation 28 years ago, the parastatal has contributed to the implementation of more than 250 projects in some 15 countries on the African continent. From Algeria to South Africa via Ghana, State Informatics Ltd is also present in other countries such as Namibia and Botswana among others. With many innovative projects in various sectors such as health or agriculture, SIL wishes to see its activities grow on the African continent.
Mauritius, on the move towards new technologies
According to Pratabsing Bacorisen, Chairman of the Board of SIL, Mauritius is now ready to move to new technologies such as the cloud.
“SIL is proof that a Mauritian company can succeed at the national and regional level in the technology sector. Its role will be to be a strategic partner for its customers in digital transformation,” he said.
Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation of Mauritius, has announced the government’s efforts to computerize the administrations and to improve information sharing between the various administrations through the “Information Highway”.
With this, the minister pointed out that “Mauritius has moved up several places in the United Nations e-Gov Survey. The country has moved from 76th to 58th place between 2013 and 2016”.
These two days allowed State Informatics Ltd to present various flagship projects to its partners including Oracle. The projects that attracted the most attention from the guests were intelligent solutions for the human resources sector, financial management, public transport and health, among others. To innovate in the public transportation sector, SIL is moving forward with the idea of using surveillance cameras to forecast and inform on the state of road traffic in real time.