The government is working hard to promote innovation in the country.
The first step was to replace the Department of Technology information and communication technologies (ICT) by the Technology, communication and Innovation. And Thursday, April 7, 2016, the Cabinet approved the upcoming launch of the National Innovation Framework (NIF) 2016/2020. According to the government statement released the same day, the goal of NIF is to “promote creativity in the business world and boost the techno-entrepreneurship through science, technology and research to ensure the continuous innovation. “
the NIF is a first step towards the preparation of the National innovation Programme (NIP) in which the government will inject Rs 125 million. The NIF has 20 programs which are classified into four broad categories. Innovation and Marketing Schemes, Research and Innovation Grant Schemes, Research and Innovation Support Schemes and Capacity Building Award Schemes
“It is important to empower young people and enterprises to innovate by bringing together all stakeholders such as incubators and universities. We must give the start-up incentives such as tax benefits. There are many areas where we can innovate in Mauritius among ICT, biotechnology, health, research and the blue economy. In the area of education, for example, Mauritius can be associated with the island of Réunion for joint projects, “commented Michel for his part Demari, head of the ICT Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and France Maurice industry (CCIFM).
as a reminder, two Indian ICT experts were in Mauritius in June 2015 at the invitation of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation. This is Vaibhav Parikh, partner at Nishith Desai Associates, and Milind Mundankar, director of operations and technology department at Nishith Desai Associates. “Our role is to create policies and frameworks for different states and businesses. The idea is to see how to help promote the culture of innovation at different levels. We are trying currently to establish a list of priorities Mauritius regarding his needs “, explained then Vaibhav Parikh.