Mauritius to host World Artificial Intelligence Show and World Blockchain Summit in November

  • Posted 23 Oct 2018
Mauritius to host World Artificial Intelligence Show and World Blockchain Summit in November

Mauritius is set to host, from 28 to 30 November 2018, the World Artificial Intelligence (AI) Show and World Blockchain Summit.  The aim of this three-day event organised by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in collaboration with the Economic Development Board and Trescon Global, 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 held at SICOM Tower, in Ebène, on Monday, the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, elaborated on the event.   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 Mauritius AI Show and the Summit have as objectives to: transform the country into an attractive destination for key players in AI and Blockchain ; assist Government on mapping the economic impacts of AI technologies and attract investors in the field of AI and Blockchain.

More than 400 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.   

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.

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