The first feasibility study workshop for the establishment of the United Nations Technology Innovation Laboratory (UNTIL) in Mauritius was held on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 10 hours in the Conference Room of Le Saint Georges Hotel, Port Louis. The workshop was organized by the UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Representatives from the Public Sector, Private Sector, Academia and NGO’s attended the event. The workshop was facilitated by the two Consultants, Mr. Gianfranco Apuzzo and Mrs. Vijeylaksmee Goorah.
The Secretary for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ambassador U. D. Canabady delivered a Keynote Address at the opening ceremony. She highlighted that it was an honour for Mauritius to be chosen as the first SIDS to host the UNTIL and that UNTIL Mauritius could help Mauritius position itself as a prominent Africa hub for emerging technologies.
The two Consultants gave an overview of the UNTIL project which is already established in Egypt, Finland, India and Malaysia. They emphasized on the role of UNTIL in promoting innovative projects and programmes in Mauritius with focus on the four identified thematic areas under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) namely SDG 14 (Life Below Water), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities).
A panel, moderated by H.E. Ambassador Servansing introduced the four selected SDGs which were dealt with by the following panelists: Ms. T. Burumdoyal (SDG 4 and SDG 10) and Ms D. Ragnuth (SDG 13 and SDG 14). The Meeting was invited to contribute through ideas, proposals and best practices.
While concluding the proceedings, the two Consultants informed that next week there would be a call for proposals inviting different institutions to submit projects, for evaluation based on the UNTIL criteria.