I read, that before Malcolm de Chazal, the world renowned Mauritian writer, painter, and visionary decided to dedicate himself to painting and writing, he used to be an engineer in the government telecommunications department.
I then thought, there must be something in common between telecommunications and art. But I didn’t find the actual connection until I had some interesting conversations with my colleagues and local friends. Through these conversations, I gradually came to realize what the connection between ICT and art is.
The first conversation I had was with Ashish Arvind, Chief Operating Officer of Huawei Mauritius. He is an ICT engineer by profession. As we know, Mauritius is the only African state with 100% fiber coverage. More than 300,000 households now have access to the fiber-based services. Ashish said people could not believe this goal was achievable at the beginning, due to the huge cost, effort and talent that it required. As the one who actually contributed to this historic fete, Ashish recalls that there were technicians, electricians, engineers and a lot of talent in Mauritius, and the richness in human resource as basically the reason why such a hard-to-believe goal was realized....
“A very important part of my duty as an executive in an ICT company is to groom people and develop talent and skills. I have to be in the front line to do it,” Ashish told me.
The second conversation I had was with, JOYSHNA RAMASHIRE, a young woman who had been an intern at Huawei. Her story of personal growth was very interesting an inspirational. She had always dreamt of flying an airplane since childhood. But her studies took her in a different direction. As a graduate of with a degree in Telecommunications engineering, she found herself in the ICT sector, where as a young woman in a male dominated industry, she again thought about her childhood dream and made up her mind to prove the capabilities of women in whatever they do.
She started her career as an intern at Huawei Mauritius, before she got a chance to join the Air Mauritius with expectation to be one of a few female pilots in the country. “I want to break the stereotype that men are more capable in these fields,” she said.
Another conversation I find is worth mentioning here, is that with an expat, not a Mauritian. IAN VALENTINE is a business consultant at Huawei Mauritius. He enjoys using technology to solve business problems, and accelerate change in industries. He actually participated in several projects that brought ICT applications and services to Mauritius, including 4K TV and mobile payment services.
IAN describes the business environment in Mauritius as, “you have everything you need here, sophisticated digital infrastructure and fast market adoption. The technologies and skills are going to accelerate this country faster, and the Mauritian example of being a tech incubator can be exported to other African countries.”
He said he now feels very Mauritian, of which he is proud. When asked to define “Mauritian”, he said is a “combination of peaceful tranquil beauty and a purpose”.
So, after these inspiring conversations, I came to the conclusion that beauty of Mauritius lies in not only its island landscape, but in its people. All of a sudden, the dots of these individual personal experiences connected. I think what we do, as Huawei, in Mauritius is not only building connectivity but creating opportunities for people, the most valuable asset of Mauritius.
Since 2004, together with local partners, Huawei introduced Africa’s first 3G network in Mauritius in 2004, the first 4G network in 2012, and more recently, contributed to achieving 100% fiber coverage in Mauritius. With our philosophy of "in Mauritius for Mauritius", we have also been committed to the digital transformation, providing innovative ICT solutions for local needs and empowering SMEs, making the island a better place for citizens, visitors and investors. Furthermore, we have invested heavily in training over 3,000 students and ICT professionals in the country to build its digital expertise and expand its ICT talent pool, serving its inclusive, green and smart future.
We dedicate ourselves to opening opportunities for all. Opportunities that can turn engineers into leaders, ignite people’s ideas and inspire them to chase their dreams. With one opportunity leading to another, every opportunity is a chance to innovate for development, on personal, familial organizational and national level.
This is also why Mr. Malcolm de Chazal was able to transit smoothly from an engineer to a world class artist, combining art and ICT. It is about mutually inspiring, liberating experience and tapping into creativity.
As we know, Mark Twain told the world Mauritius was made first, and then heaven. Can we improve upon perfection? I think so. Connectivity and digital transformation is opening the opportunities that can make Mauritius a Smart Paradise. The power resides in us, the people.
Huawei entered Mauritius in 2004, as the ICT leading company in Mauritius, we provide latest and competitive ICT solutions to local operators. Huawei has participated in the development and transformation of the telecom industry in Mauritius over years, bringing more connectivity to Mauritians and making Mauritius as a better destination for investors, visitors and citizens.
Huawei Shared Service Centre (SSC) is one of the key organ of Huawei Mauritius, it provides accounting services and enables financial capacity for Huawei branches in more than 50 African countries.
Multi-country headquarters is also established in Mauritius overseeing business in 12 countries/regions.
We currently have over 300 employees, of which 60% are locals. Mauritians are holding high level positions, such as directors, Managers and Senior Expert in various departments including Sales, Solutions, Delivery & Service, Financial, Accounting, etc.
Huawei Mauritius has provided over 500 direct jobs to Mauritians. Over the years, Huawei Mauritius has upskilled over 3000 students and ICT professionals and over 300 financial practitioners. Huawei Mauritius is one of major taxpayers in Mauritius with annual tax payment of over 2M USD. In the past 10 years, our accumulative total of local procurement reaches 64M USD.
Huawei Mauritius is committed to supporting innovation Mauritius and tailoring digital services to meet local needs, to keep Mauritius ahead of the technology curve and a better destination for investors, visitors and citizens.
Huawei Mauritius is dedicated to boosting ICT infrastructure in Mauritius to increase availability, accessibility and affordability of high-quality ICT services to connect the unconnected and to turn Mauritius ’s ICT margins into social economic development.
Huawei Mauritius keep upskilling ICT professionals in Mauritius, encouraging and supporting youths’ ICT studies and improving digital literacy among Mauritians.
Huawei Mauritius is working closely with partners including government, industry and academia to foster an open ecosystem and talents pool, which is beneficial to every stakeholder in terms of innovation, human resource and sustainable growth.
Mauritius, with all of natural wonders, near-perfect weather, and beautiful beaches of sparkling white sand surrounded by crystalline turquoise waters, has long been known as a paradise. And what’s a paradise defined to be? A place of perfection, absolute joy and delight. And yet, if all of that can be shared, communicated and made even more accessible, then the power of digital connections in such a magical world would make it even more perfect.
What’s better than a paradise on earth? A smart paradise on earth.