Mauritius prides itself on its way to becoming a “cyber island” where information and communication technologies are top of the range locally and through its links to the rest of the world.
Juristconsult has always been active in the field of e-business and ever since 1999 held the first international e-commerce conference in Mauritius. E-business is regulated by modern laws providing for digital signatures, electronic contracts and certification authorities.
The Information and Communication Technologies Act 2001 regulates ICT activities and established the ICT Authority and its Appeal Tribunal. The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Act 2003 provides for the repression of criminal activities perpetrated through computer systems. The Data Protection Act 2004 provides for the protection of privacy rights in the capture and transmission of data relating to individuals.
The Banking Act 2004 makes provision for electronic banking locally and internationally. Most banks provide electronic banking services to their clients and such transactions are fundamental to the success of the Mauritius International Financial Centre.
The Gambling Regulatory Authority was created following the enactment of the Gambling Regulatory Authority Act 2007. The Authority is working actively on new regulations to set up the legal framework for the operation of e-gambling and e-betting.
Business process outsourcing, mainly through call centres, is developing at a fast rate with the help of an educated Mauritian workforce bilingual in English and French. Government prides itself of being online through its various Ministries or public bodies for dealings between Government and individuals or corporate entities. Procurement for Government is increasingly made online and so are Government services.
Juristconsult follows closely the evolution of e-business and ICT so as to provide better services to its clients and keep them abreast of development in those fields.