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Info-Highway receives international recognition at World Summit on Information Society

Info-Highway, a project of the Government of Mauritius, geared towards providing a secure, scalable and robust E-services platform, has been ranked among the top five most voted in the 'category 7 E-government' by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2018 Ceremony held on 20 March 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The project has received international recognition and acknowledged as a WSIS Prizes 2018 champion.

The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, who attended the ceremony hosted during the WSIS Forum (19-23 March) 2018 received the certificate of recognition for outstanding contribution towards strengthening the implementation of the WSIS Outcomes from ITU Secretary-General, Mr Houlin Zhao.

About the project

Info-Highway, a project of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, has been chosen out of 492 nominated ICT success stories from around the world, following a comprehensive review by the Expert Group of 685 projects submitted by the WSIS Stakeholders' community.

The main objective of Info-Highway is to provide a robust service platform to facilitate the consumption of published data amongst Government agencies and private entities to improve operation efficiency in public administration and business operations. It also aims at establishing links to other Ministries/Departments and institutions.

WSIS Prizes 2018

The ITU has in fact announced the top 90 ICT-related projects initiatives recognised for implementing the WSIS Action Lines, competing for the prestigious WSIS Prizes 2018. With participants emerging from across the globe, 72 champions were honoured and 18 winners voted in each of the 18 categories at the ceremony.

During the submission phase from 11 September 2017 to 10 January 2018 received a record number of 685 entries were received, out of which 492 exceptional projects were nominated for WSIS Prizes 2018. Close to one million online votes were cast during the period 29 January till 18 February 2018 for these projects. Following a comprehensive review exercise by the Expert Group, 90 extraordinary ICT-related projects and initiatives for the seventh edition of the WSIS Prize contest were retained.

Since 2012, WSIS Prizes has been rewarding remarkable efforts made by entities and organisations from around the globe that focus on accelerating socio-economic progress of the whole world as a community

Source: Government of Mauritius