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Post  Sirop14 on Tue May 17, 2016 5:30 pm

‘Smart use of ICT key factor for success’

‘Smart use of ICT key factor for success’

17-May-2016
VP Faure launches ICT week
‘Smart use of ICT key factor for success’

“The smart use of ICT by companies is a critical factor for success, innovation, competitiveness and growth,” Vice-President Danny Faure has said.
“Therefore it is important that companies also invest in ICT solutions so as to assist them in improving their products or services and potentially even revolutionise their business,” added the vice-president.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=249442

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Government departments agree on use of social media

Post  Sirop14 on Sun May 22, 2016 5:38 pm

Government departments agree on use of social media

21-May-2016

Government departments have agreed that social media can be used by the public service.
This was the outcome of a forum on social media in the public service, which was held at National House yesterday morning. The objective was to educate organisations on the use of this modern source of information and having their inputs on its practicality in order to improve service delivery. The outcome also means giving public servants access to social media in their offices.
Vice-President Danny Faure who chaired the forum, has however announced that use of social media will be guided by a policy which the government is planning to put into place early next year.
The principal secretary (PS) in the department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Benjamin Choppy has explained that the policy on social media is necessary in establishing a systematic internal process which will also permit government to be responsive and permit this form of communication to become two-way. The policy he adds, will also address the risk of negative use, while providing guidelines which will define the quality and quality of information given.
For example, Mr Choppy asked if we have to post personal information or how far can we go personal?
He however agrees on the benefits of social media, especially in good governance.
“Academics and the majority of governments are reflecting on more use of social media, as it is something relatively new in the field of electronic government. It is clear that social media empowers the citizens and is a means of engaging them in good governance. Best practices are starting to emerge in areas like health and law and order. So, social media contributes to active citizen engagement in policy formulation. Government can consult the population and monitor developments through social media,” PS Choppy said.
Mr Choppy added that the issue of training has also to be addressed. He clarified that ICT education must not necessarily be technical as he feels social media is designed in an intuitive style which permits everyone to make use of it. He rather insisted that civil servants need training in communication for them to know how to treat information in terms of confidentiality, respect of privacy and the general legal framework.
At the close of the ICT Week yesterday, DICT director for System Design and Sector Development Hendrick André commented that the ICT week has been a success as the department has attained the objective of informing the population more on the subject and collecting its views on its use.
It is hoped that the forum on use of social media and the ICT Week in general will further permit DICT to reply to its motto which is: “Connected to the community, connected to the world”.
The same surely applies to the Seychelles’ public service as a whole.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=249518

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Microsoft offers new technology to SMEs

Post  Sirop14 on Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:27 am

Microsoft offers new technology to SMEs

16-June-2016

Mr Mongwa addressing delegates during the workshop yesterdaySmall and medium businesses (SMEs) in Seychelles have had the opportunity to empower themselves more by making technology a business advantage.
This was through a workshop organised by local Information Technology (IT) service provider Space 95.
The main speaker at the workshop, which was held yesterday morning at the Eden Bleu Hotel, was Kan Mongwa, a senior consultant from Microsoft who has been in the IT industry for over 20 years.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=249844

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Pension Fund and Airtel launch new e-service payment

Post  Sirop14 on Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:17 am

Pension Fund and Airtel launch new e-service payment

22-June-2016
Members of the Seychelles Pension Fund who are ‘Airtel Money’ subscribers can now easily pay their pension contributions using their mobile phone.
The new Self-employed Contribution Payment e-Service was officially launched on Friday by the chief executive of the Seychelles Pension Fund (SPF) Lekha Nair.
Present during the launch held at the Care House conference room at Freedom Square was the managing director of Airtel Seychelles Amadou Dina, those who are self-employed, and representatives from Airtel and SPF.
This activity falls in line with SPF’s 10 for 10 campaign to mark its 10th anniversary and this launch is the fourth activity out of the ten which have been organised to celebrate this occasion.
The aim of developing this e-service is to provide another more convenient means for busy self-employed persons to contribute towards their pensions and allow them to pay from any location and at any time from their phones.
Self-employed persons must first register with SPF for this free service where they will be allocated an employer number.
Those who are not using ‘Airtel Money’ can be registered when they register for the e-service with SPF or they can register at Airtel offices.
Voluntary contributions can also be made by other SPF members who want to have better control of their contributions.
The Airtel money programme is secure as the customer is the only one who has knowledge of their pin number and the SPF database records all transactions that have been made.
Mrs Nair said Airtel Money is part of the national payment system, which provides an electronic wallet that enables all its customers to make different types of commercial transactions conveniently, quickly and safely through their mobile phone.
“The platform allows customers to top-up their phone with airtime, send and receive money, pay their bills and from today pay pension contribution. It is an alternative method of transacting other than cash,” she said.
She said SPF took up Airtel Money while joining the Airtel family so that the SPF members, especially the 1,500 busy self-employed members and also targeting all 41,000 odd active members, to have full control in their payment of the voluntary contributions each month as they will be able to increase or decrease their monthly payment as opposed to standard monthly deductions from their salaries at their workplaces which is currently being done.
Mr Dina said Airtel is very proud as this is another milestone as they bring out the latest technology.
“This is another innovation which is part of our achievement to bring this latest technology on the market, not only to allow customers to make calls but also to allow them to make electronic payments…and this contribution as it has been said is voluntary or mandatory but for us it is another way of telling them it’s secure, simple and faster,” he said.
SPF and Airtel will be at the National Day Show to provide more information about the new e-service.
Self-employed members are strongly encouraged to visit the stalls, bringing along with them their NIN cards.
A live demonstration was shown of how the payment is made by a loyal SPF customer, Philip Toussaint.

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Seychellois alumni join in 52nd ITEC commemoration

Post  Sirop14 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:14 pm

Seychellois alumni join in 52nd ITEC commemoration

19-September-2016
In his address to the alumni and guests, Minister Morgan expressed Seychelles’ pride at being part of a worldwide community benefitting from the ITEC programmeSeychellois alumni from various fields, beneficiaries of training under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme as well as high government and military officials among other guests, on Thursday evening joined the Indian high commissioner Sanjay Panda to commemorate the 52nd year of the programme.
The ceremony took place at India House, Turtle Bay.
The ITEC Programme, launched on September 15, 1964 initially as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Indian government as part of its effort to contribute towards south-south capacity-building cooperation, has expanded over the years and today 161 countries are partners with India on what has been described as a unique journey.
“Training thousands of foreign officials in India every year, the ITEC programme is the most important vehicle for sharing our knowledge, skills and expertise with the rest of the world,” HC Panda said.
He added that every year over 10,000 scholarships are offered to 161 partner countries including Seychelles.
“Today ITEC is synonymous with cooperation and partnership. It addresses the needs of developing countries and is a prime example of south-south cooperation he stressed.
Mr Panda noted that in Seychelles the tele-medicine and tele-education facilities set up under the Pan-African Satellite Project as well as an IT Centre of Excellence at a cost of some US $1 million with Indian support are recent examples of such cooperation projects.
He went on to state that to date some 1,000 Seychellois professionals have benefitted from the ITEC training programme and they form part of the valuable human resources of Seychelles engaged in providing invaluable services to the nation.

http://www.nation.sc/article.html?id=251083

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