Google looking for Mauritian IT pros

A forum this week could lead to some people landing jobs with the company

Google is offering training to IT professionals Thursday and Friday at the G-Mauritius 2009 at the Ebène Cybercity, situated in the heart of this small, independent, developing state off the east coast of Madagascar.

The forum is the first of its kind on the African continent and it is expected that Google will hire some employees there as a result.

One of the main objectives of the forum, organized by Google and the local Board of Investment (BOI), is for Google to offer intensive technical knowledge to local developers and entrepreneurs.

Approximately 100 people in Mauritius' ICT sector will have the opportunity to learn from Google.

"The best ones might even be employed by Google to help them develop Google's activities on the island and elsewhere," said a BOI official.

Google also might outsource development work to Mauritius as a consequence of the forum.

The company has multiple projects under way in Mauritius, such as a complete mapping of Mauritius on Google maps and the provision of customized accounts and tools to tertiary students.

Google has also deployed servers in Mauritius and has set up a dedicated Google.mu in the Kreol language.

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