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Mauritius Joins Smart Cities Leaders at Smart City World Congress in Barcelona

The Board of Investment, along with a team of smart city developers, joins smart city leaders in the Smart Mauritius Pavilion at the 2015 Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), which is being held from November 17-19 in Barcelona.

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Organized by Fira de Barcelona, SCEWC is the world’s leading smart city gathering and focuses on the most important current and future issues of urban growth. At this year’s congress, companies, governments, entrepreneurs and researchers have come together to learn, share and debate the future development of cities, specifically the issues of Smart Society, Technology, Governance, Energy, Mobility and Sustainable City.

At the congress, Mauritius is reinforcing its position as an international business hub. Several assets are being leveraged, namely smart city projects launched this year, the country’s capacity to deliver high-end luxury real estate and mixed-use projects, our strong talent pool and welcoming business community, allied with our ability to work in partnership with investors and developers.

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The Mauritian stand occupies a prominent position in the exhibition hall, thereby enabling good visibility as well as acting as a destination point for organised meetings and events. With more than 500 visitors over the first day, the Mauritian pavilion received a great deal of attention and interest. Incidentally, Mauritius is the only African State present among 80 countries (Spain, Canada, France, UK, Germany, India, US, UAE, Brazil and Australia, to name but a few).

Presentations, business and media briefings with delegates took take place in a dedicated area which allowed face-to-face meetings in an informal atmosphere. The private developers used the stand for their own networking activities and events, making the most of its function as a meeting hub. Mauritius also capitalized on international media coverage to showcase the island’s credentials as a country of positive changes and investment opportunities.

SCEWC demonstrates that citizens are invariably at the center of most debates on city planning, citizen engagement, social development, smart energy, big data management, the Internet of Things, and mobility infrastructure.

Finally it was clearly pointed out that the development of smart cities constitutes a great business opportunity for technology providers for a market expected to soar to some USD 27.5 billion by 2023.


18 November 2015