23 October 2018

Mauritius: World Artificial Intelligence Show and World Blockchain Summit 2018

press release

Mauritius is set to host, from 28 to 30 November 2018, the World Artificial Intelligence (AI) Show and World Blockchain Summit. The aim is to identify opportunities for the deployment of AI in the various key sectors of the country's economy. The AI Show will also feature humanoid robot, Sophia, developed by Hong Kong-based Company Hanson Robotics, and, named the United Nations Development Programme's first ever non-human Innovation Champion.

During a press conference yesterday at SICOM Tower, in Ebène, the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, elaborated on the event. The Senior Economic Adviser, Prime Minister's Office, Mr George Chung Tick Kan; the Group Chief Strategy Officer, Trescon, Mr Sanjiv Singh; the Managing Partner, Trescon Mauritius, Mr Vishal Seeboruth; and, the CEO of the Economic Development Board (EDB), Mr François Guibert, were present. Mr Chung Tick Kan spoke about the objectives and the expected outcomes of the initiative, while both Messrs. Singh and Seeboruth introduced Trescon Global and its Mauritius subsidiary. Mr Guibert for his part emphasised on the role of the EDB.

The three-day event is being organised by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in collaboration with the EDB and Trescon Global. The World AI Show will have as confirmed speaker line-up the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

Minister Sawmynaden stated that given the fact that Mauritius wants to become an inclusive and high-income country it is important to foster a new generation of technopreneurs who master emerging technologies such as AI and Blockchain.

Speaking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), he emphasised the need to increase the efficiency of industrial processes which require a minimum amount of human intervention, and, thus improve productivity by reducing costs and energy consumption.

Referring to the World Economic Forum's 'Readiness for the Future of Production Report 2018', the Minister said that the Report indicates that Mauritius can transform itself into a country with a high development potential in terms of Industry 4.0. The Report also positions as leaders the following countries: China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, UK and USA.

In addition, the Minister pointed out that an Artificial Intelligence Council will be set up shortly and a Working Group has been created to that end. The Council will have as mission to create the legal framework for AI and propose incentives to entrepreneurs. In turn, these entrepreneurs will offer new AI products and services for the international market.

According to Mr Sawmynaden, the aim is to position Mauritius on the world map of emerging technologies and it is precisely against this backdrop that the 2018 World Artificial Intelligence (AI) Show and World Blockchain Summit is being organised in the country.

Mauritius World AI Show and World Blockchain Summit

The Mauritius AI Show and the Summit have as objectives to: transform the country into an attractive destination for key players in AI and Blockchain; and, assist Government on mapping the economic impacts of AI technologies and to attract investors in the field of AI and Blockchain.

More than 400 local, regional, international delegates and project stakeholders are expected to attend the event to be held at Intercontinental Resort, Balaclava. Around 35 AI and Blockchain experts from USA, France, UK, Estonia, and India, amongst others, will be present. Several investors and exhibitors will participate with the aim to initiate collaborative ties.

This initiative will also support Mauritius' vision to enable governments, enterprises and industries to implement the latest innovations that shape the AI and Blockchain roadmap in the following sectors: Digital Public Services, Transportation, Supply Chain, Emergency Management, Healthcare, FinTech Services, Smart Cities, Smart Education, and Industrial IoT and Manufacturing.

World AI Show is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events taking place in strategic locations across the world. The show is part of a world tour that is taking place in Amsterdam, Mumbai, Mauritius, Nairobi, Dubai and Singapore. It connects top AI experts, enterprises, government representatives, data scientists, technology leaders, startups, investors, researchers, academicians, and global AI innovators - all under one roof.

World Blockchain Summit connects global blockchain experts and technology players in this space including emerging startups - with regional businesses, governments, IT leaders, investors and blockchain developers from across the world.

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