In an attempt to bolster the Information Technology (IT) industry and to attract investors' attention, Republic of Mauritius Information and Communication Technology Minister Pillay Chedumbrum held talks with Indian businessmen in Kolkata on Friday.
A delegation led by Chedumbrum visited The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.
During the visit, Chedumbrum participated in an interactive session with the businessmen from Kolkata organized by The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Chedumbrum said, "Mauritius government has ambitions to increase the skilled base in IT field. We have set up an IT Academy, a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) venture, which will cater to the needs of technology."
"We want to project Mauritius as a computer literate country. Thus we have opened new computer training academies," he mentioned.
"In 2005, we had only 56 IT companies. In 2013, we have 575 IT companies. We want Mauritius to be the best connected country in the world," he said.
Commenting on the investments from India, he said, "Within 1 week you get a work permit in Mauritius. It must be a win-win situation for both the investors and the Mauritius government."
Rajnish Hawabhay, Acting Director, Central Informatics Bureau, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, said, "IT contributed 6.5% to the GDP of Mauritius. We have the Indian university AMITY based there."
In the concluding speech, Kallol Dutta, President, Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, "A significant IT industry is present in Mauritius. India is looking forward to capitalize the IT market in Mauritius."
(Reporting by Gourab Gupta)