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President Kalam visits Cyber tower

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Port Louis, Mar 12 (UNI) It was a visit to a project which fascinates the Indian President the most.

The techno-savvy Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam today took time from his hectic schedule here to visit Cyber Tower that has today become the symbol of strong bonds of friendship between India and Mauritius.

The President, on a three-day visit to the island nation, went round the complex and later met CEOs of Indian companies located in the Cyber Tower.

Dr Kalam, who was briefed by the CEOs about the functioning and the role of the IT sector in the development of the software technology, was impressed by the strategic partnership between India and Mauritius in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The Cyber Tower, built with the Indian assistance of 20 million, has emerged as the fourth pillar of the Mauritian economy after tourism, sugar and textiles.

Described by Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam as the ђJewel of the Mauritian EconomyҒ, the Cyber Tower is the first state-of-the-art ђintelligentҒ building with centralized computer management system.

The 12-storeyed building has 64 office modules and can accommodate 5000 occupants at full capacity.

Dr Kalam, who was accompanied by Minister of State Kumari Selja, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and Indian High Commissioner Pripuran Singh Haer, was told that the Cyber Tower had helped develop ICT Human Resource sector from pre-primary to tertiary sector.

The tower, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit here in April last year, has become a beehive of activities with major IT companies, including Infosys, setting up their offices.

Encouraged by the success of this project, the Mauritian government has sought further assistance from India for construction of additional facilities of similar nature to augment the ICT infrastructure of the country.

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