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Hon. N. BODHA Participated in a Video Conference on “Close the Digital Divides the Digital Response to Covid19

Date: July 02, 2020
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The Honourable Nandcoomar BODHA, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, participated in a live video-conference on 1st July 2020 on the theme of “Close the Digital Divides: the Digital Response to Covid-19”, jointly organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Singapore.  The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and High Officials of over 60 countries worldwide, including the Hon. Ministers of Poland, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Belgium, Guyana, Morocco, Romania, Cyprus, among others, participated in the video conference.

 

Hon. Bodha informed the Conference of the emphasis laid on the issue of digital transformation of the services of Government in Budget 2020-21.  He mentioned the cooperation with the Government of Estonia on a GtoG basis for the setting up of an Electronic Document Management System at the Ministry that would later be replicated to other Ministries.   

 

Hon. Bodha informed that Mauritius had tackled Covid-19 quite well and that the country had not witnessed local cases for the last two months. 

 

Hon. Bodha mentioned the areas and issues that should be addressed to better deal with pandemics on the scale of Covid-19.  He spoke on the issue of Connectivity, essential to allow Governments, Organisations and Business entities to continue functioning remotely.  He then spoke on the issue of Cyber Security, data protection and Fake News.  Fake news and Cyber insecurity tended to instill a climate a fear and distrust among users.  More robust regulatory frameworks needed to be put in place through international cooperation efforts.

 

Speaking on the healthcare system in relation to Covid-19, Hon. Bodha stated that efforts must now be geared towards a stronger digitalized healthcare system to capture information on high-risk passengers entering countries and on contact tracing. He also mentioned using digital applications where needed and new technologies for telemedicine and Covid-19 screening and managing non-Covid-19 cases.

 

On the issue of e-education and distance learning, Hon. Bodha informed the Conference that Covid-19 had shown us that lack of training and preparation could seriously inhibit education effectiveness in the long term.  With the Covid-19 experience, a hybrid model of education could emerge eventually with e-education support teachers reaching out to students more efficiently.

 

Hon. Bodha concluded his statement by calling for the setting up of a Permanent International Digital Platform to share best practices and new technological tools to ensure continuity.

 

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