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Talk by Mr. Milan Meetarbhan on FSC

International Law

International Law

Following the advertising of the event on facebook by the UoM Student Union:

We are pleased to inform you of the following activities :

The Law Society is organising a Talk By Mr. Milan Meetarbhan on Financial Services Commission
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 2, University of Mauritius

it was another great pleasure to be on the réduit campus to attend a talk after a looooooong time. 🙂

I agree, the talk did not start at 12:00 and we had to wait for the Guest speaker to make appearance.

At around 12:30, finally Morgini, the Master of ceremony welcomed the Guest of UoM Law Society and introduced to us Mr. Meetarbhan, Chief Executive of the Financial Services Commission (FSC). Most of the information on him was found by Googling. I should admit that I was personally waiting to see a ‘live demo’ of  Mr. Meetarbhan, having heard of him so much. I got the confirmation yesterday: He is real professional!

It was a pleasant surprise to witness the presentation skills of Mr. Meetarbhan. The experience of teaching at the UoM for 10 years was evident. He started with the history of the Law Department at the University of Mauritius being set up in 1989. It was also interesting to note the candidate selection procedure for LLB course at the UoM. After applying for the course, one would be called upon for interview and would encounter the traditional question: “Why do you want to study Law??” . After the ‘hollywoodian’ answer of the candidate, he would be put for a 3 months time to get a taste of what Law is about. And the same traditional question would be given to him at the end of the 3 months.

The main topics covered during the talk were:

  • The role of FSC
  • Global Business/ Offshore
  • International Law (treaty)
  • Double Taxation Avoidance
  • Treaty signed with India

The aim of the FSC as a regulator is:

To ensure that promises are kept.

This was the simple definition of what they do the FSC people.

Milan share with us some very very tasty, unforgetable food for thoughts:

It is not only about qualifications (yes it is important to be qualified, even important to be a specialist) but it is not only about that.  It is also about ETHICS!

Then he elaborated on this magical piece of wisdom by some annecdotes:

Being on time at work: The big problem of working with professionals found worldwide is: at what time will the meeting be held. The ideal time for mauritius is at 4:00 a.m or 6.00 a.m. So at six in the morning, you have to be here, to answer the call and participate in the meeting.

Respecting the deadline: if you have to submit the work by latest x date and at y time, you have to respect it.

another quote of him:

In professionalism, it is about 70% attitude and 30% competence.

Whilst fertilising us with this message, Mr. Meetarbhan was having a look at the Human Resources Manager who was also present in the lecture theatre 2.

The end of the talk was with the usual Part: Questions/ Answers

The interesting question that came from the students: about the job prospects with a Law and Management degree .

In answering this question, we came to know about the Young Graduate Recruitment programme set up by the FSC. That’s interesting for those interested in having a career at the FSC.

The Mauritian PKI Model

For our Foundation in IT Law module, we have studied the ICT Laws in the Mauritian Legal Regime. Amongst them is the Electronic Transaction Act 2000 which has the main purpose of  “To provide  for an appropriate legal framework to facilitate electronic transactions and communications by regulating electronic records and electronic signatures thereof.” The key terms encountered are:

  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • Core PKI Services: Authenticity, Integrity, Confidentiality and Non-Repudiation
  • Digital Certificate
  • Digital Signature
  • Public Key
  • Private Key
  • Root Certification Authority / Controller of Certification Authority

Information concerning the above can be obtained from ICTA website under the menu item Information Security. The shortcut version of understanding the PKI model can be found here, in the very informative flash animation.

Currently, we read that the Mauritian PKI model will be soon implemented and also ICTA benefits assistance from Indian authorities:

Port Louis: The making of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Mauritius a reality is gathering momentum with the arrival of a high level delegation from India. The five- member delegation led by Dr N. Vijayaditya, India’s Controller of Certification Authorities (CCA India), Department of Information Technology, Government of India are here at the invitation of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority.

Since Monday officials from the ICTA have held a number of working sessions; stakeholders from other institutions involved in PKI implementation have also been invited to take part.  These sessions will culminate on Friday with the holding of a workshop organised by the ICT Authority to raise awareness about PKI.

The delegation’s visit follows the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 February 2009 between CCA India and the ICT Authority.  The objective of this MoU is to seek the assistance of CCA India, to set up the Mauritian PKI based on the Indian PKI model.

The PKI model seeks to enhance TRUST in the transactions carried electronically. What can we expect if Mauritian PKI is operational?

1) Increased use of E-Filing Centres for filing tax returns electronically.

2) Government bodies providing certified documents assuring Authentication.

3) The Growth of E-Commerce in Mauritius given eSecurity.

Anything else?…

Intellectual Property Rights in IT Law

Today, our IT Law class has to do mini-presentation on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). After the presentation that we will start the lectures on this new chapter for semester 2. It a good approach, from unknown to known. Students learning by themselves and then sharing the knowledge before the class to his/her fellow classmates. However we can also run the risk of doing research not completely related to the IT domain, since IPR concerns industrial issues. There we need to focus on IPR concerning IT law in the Mauritian Legislation.

So let me polish and refine the powerpoint, as soon as presentation over, will upload the file and let you have the feedback. Till then, stay connected!

Wednesday 18 March:

Finally after weeks of postponement, the presentation was finally held. Here is the precious: