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Unlocking the value of data | 08 February 2020

Unlocking the value of data

Ambassador Faure (left) and Mr Estico during the press conference

The Seychelles National Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (Nisti) in conjunction with the Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management (CPTM) is conducting a two-day workshop on Leveraging the Economic Value of Secured Data which will take place from April 20 – 21, 2020.

To give more details on the upcoming workshop a press conference was organised for all media houses at the department of foreign affairs, Mont Fleuri. The interview was headed by the chief executive of Nisti, Xavier Estico, and Ambassador Barry Faure, the secretary of state for foreign affairs.

“We will be talking on the importance of data which is a necessity in Seychelles, this is why we are bringing it to a national level,” said Mr Faure.

This workshop will be providing participants with an exciting opportunity to study cutting-edge, data management as a strategic asset in today’s digital economy, this will be of great value to all professionals and organisations working in the field of data management, inviting prominent international and local speakers to offer insights via presentations and also participate in panel and roundtable discussions.

“The role of Nisti is to integrate our mandate, which is science, technology and innovation, in all local sectors. We are all living in a high income economy so we need to make a transition to an innovative economy,” said Mr Estico.

He added that the workshop will include international experts that are in the field of data management so local participants will be able to interact with these experts and soak up as much knowledge as possible.

The workshop will also cater for peer to peer networking opportunities as well as staging a parallel interactive exhibition to offer an even wider platform for learning and networking.

“The workshop will help sensitise the importance of sharing information which is something we are far behind on as everything is still on paper. We hope that after the workshop is completed participants will put what they have learned to use,” added the CEO of Nisti.

He further noted that after the workshop is completed he hopes that they will be able to create a data strategy that will benefit Seychelles.

The workshop will feature both domestic and international speakers and practitioners for presentation, panels and roundtable discussions.

To add to the experience, an interactive exhibition alongside the workshop will provide plenty of learning opportunities and networking activities.

To maintain quality of the networking and knowledge-sharing experience, the event is limited to approximately 100 international participants. Speakers and exhibitors are carefully selected to match the workshop programme focus and to provide outstanding content on the theme applied across the sectors from the Blue Economy, to the capital markets, and the tsunami warning systems. Further information can be obtained by visiting


Christophe Zialor

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