Commemoration of the ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, Republic of Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles commemorated the ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Day today, the 17th of May 2016.

In conjunction with this event, the Ministry of ICT launched the ICT Week yesterday, an annual event which brings together, government officials, the private sector ICT companies and civil society groups.

The ICT Week was inaugurated by H.E. Mr Danny Faure, Vice-President of the Republic of Seychelles. In his opening remarks, the Vice-President highlighted the efforts of the government of the Republic of Seychelles to deploy broadband connectivity throughout the country and harness ICTs for enhancing economic development, entrepreneurship and stability.

In his keynote address at the opening ceremony, Mr Indrajit Banerjee, Director of the Knowledge Societies Division of the Communication and Information sector of UNESCO, stressed on the linkages between ICTs and SDGs and urged the government of Seychelles to incorporate the Knowledge Societies framework into their national development plans and policies. He also discussed the importance of broadband networks and infrastructure in order to deploy adequate services in key areas such as education, health, environment and economic development.

The keynote address was followed by a Q&A session with the participants and many questions relating to broadband and economic development, ICT policies and capacity building were discussed.

Mr.Banerjee will also moderate a plenary panel discussion on the role of ICTs for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

In the course of his mission to the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Banerjee also held discussions with H. E. the Vice-President of Seychelles and senior government officials from the Ministry of ICT, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture as well the Ministry of Education.

Caption for the attached photograph: Mr. Indrajit Banerjee with H.E. the Vice-President of the Republic of Seychelles Mr. Danny Faure, at the opening of the ICT Week.