Mauritius Sees 20,000 Jobs, $1 Bn IT Exports With Indian Help

Bangalore: | Updated: Oct 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
With Infosys set to be the first major Indian IT company to invest in Mauritius, the island country is gearing up to create close to 20,000 jobs in ICT (information and communications technology) and achieve its target of $1 billion in exports and services from the ICT sector within the next five years.

Infosys To Invest $25-30 M For DRC, Development Centre

Infosys Technologies is all set to invest $25-30 million (over the next three years) towards a new software development centre and disaster recovery centre (DRC) in Mauritius which will house 1500-2000 people. The centre, which is expected to be operational by January 2003, will commence on a rented site and later move into its company-owned 23-acre property, a release said. The DRC and development centre will be equipped to function as a back-up centre and will be on stand-by to take over client projects in case of any emergency. A good number of Indian professionals from Infosys are expected to relocate to Mauritius.

Mauritius minister for IT and telecommunications Deel-chand Jeeha told eFE that plans were afoot to initiate investments in sectors like higher and technical education to support Indian ICT professionals working in Mauritius and a direct flight (jointly with Air India) connecting Bangalore with the island nation by end 2002 to support the connectivity.

Manipal Academy of Higher Education is setting up a campus for training in sectors like ICT, science and heath services in Mauritius. We have submitted a proposal to the Indian government to set up a Kendriya Vidyalaya in our country, he said.

Interestingly, the country is also pitching for Indian BPO (business process outsourcing) players to set up their disaster recovery centres in Mauritius and utilise Mauritius as a base for French language capability.

Accenture has set up a 200-people BPO operation which will be scaled up to 1000 people within a year. Currently five Mauritian companies are in the BPO space servicing the US, the UK and France, he said.