Prime Minister’s Cyclone Relief Fund: State Bank of Mauritius and Mauritius Housing Company Ltd donate Rs 1 Million each

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GIS – 15 February, 2018:  The State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) and the Mauritius Housing Company (MHC) Ltd donated Rs 1 Million each to the Prime Minister’s Cyclone Relief Fund. The fund aims at providing assistance to the victims affected by recent cyclone Berguitta.

In this context, the Chairman of SBM Holdings Ltd, Mr Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing, and the Chairman of the MHC Ltd, Mr Deepak Balgobin, as well as other representatives of the companies, met the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on Wednesday 14 February 2018 at the New Treasury Building, Port Louis, to present the cheques.
 
In a statement, Mr Balgobin underlined that as a responsible company, the MHC is contributing to help the Government in its mission of assisting those afflicted by the natural calamity. He emphasised that the money could also help in repairing infrastructures damaged by flooding.   
 
Contributions to the Fund can be issued by cheque to the Prime Minister’s Cyclone Relief Fund or via bank transfer on the following Account number: State Bank of Mauritius – Savings Account No. 61031200000107.

Members of House of Lords of UK meet Prime Minister

GIS – 12 February, 2018: Lord Meghnad Desai and Lord St John of Bletso of the House of Lords of UK met the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on Friday 09 February at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.

In a statement Lord St John of Bletso underlined that his meeting with Prime Minister Jugnauth was friendly and fruitful and discussions focused mostly on advantages that digital transformation can bring in its wake such as employment opportunities. Digital skills, technology and Blockchain were also among the other topics discussed, he pointed out.
For his part, Lord Meghnad Desai highlighted that the main issues discussed with Prime Minister Jugnauth revolved around how he can assist in paving the way for appropriate regulatory frameworks for encouraging and supporting the development of Fintech in Mauritius.
He emphasised that Mauritius should bank on its international goodwill to transform itself into a regional technology hub and invest in its human capital  to pave the way forward to adapt itself for the benefit of its financial sector.
Lord Desai pointed out that the main purpose of their visit is to assess the current regulatory set up with respect to Fintech and Innovation-driven Financial Services Regulations in Mauritius and make recommendations on the need to introduce new sets of regulations for Fintech and lnnovation as well as to identify priority areas within the regulatory space of Fintech activities.

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org

HSC 2017 Results proclaimed: PM congratulates Laureates

GIS – 05 February, 2018: The Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2017 results have been made public today.  The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, signed at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis the official document relating to the designation of the HSC laureates, following which the names of the 45 laureates were released.

 
In his address on that occasion, Mr Jugnauth lauded the achievement of laureates and acknowledged their efforts, sacrifice and hard work.  The success of laureates’ can also be attributed to the family environment as well as the support of parents, teachers and rectors, he pointed out.  Now these students will be given the opportunity to study in the best universities abroad, he remarked.
 
The Prime Minister appealed to students to return to Mauritius after their studies to serve the country.  We would undoubtedly need young people who have acquired a certain know-how and competency, especially at a time when Mauritius is undergoing further development and would thus require the necessary expertise, he emphasised.
 
Moreover, the Prime Minister spoke of his faith in the talent and competencies of all young Mauritians as it is the youth who will embody the future.  A new reform has been initiated in the education sector so that precisely all talents have the chance to thrive at their own pace and find their place within the society, he recalled.
 
Prime Minister Jugnauth called upon all young university-goers and those embarking on training programmes and entering the job market to take heed that the world is evolving.  Today, he observed, Mauritius has to face complex challenges related to climate change, digital transformation, food security, ageing population as well as social ills (drug scourge and criminality).  Government, in all decision-making and actions, is taking all these issues into consideration as we want to ensure the sustainable development of the country, one which is based on modernity and on social justice, the Prime Minister highlighted.  We are paving the way for our future and all young people will be called upon to take up important responsibilities tomorrow and we rely on you to continue on that pathway, he added.
 
HSC 2017 Results
 
A total of 11 304 candidates sat for the 2017 HSC examinations that is, 11 038 for Mauritius and 266 for Rodrigues, with 2 137 students competing for the State Scholarships.
 
Two colleges have produced laureates for the first time and they are namely: Triolet (Boys) State Secondary School in Mauritius under the State of Mauritius Scholarships, and College Marechal (Boys) in Rodrigues under the Rodrigues Open Scholarships.
 
Additionally, Rodrigues College has produced three laureates (two girls and one boy) under the Rodrigues Open Scholarships, while under the State of Mauritius Scholarships, the same college has produced, for the first time, a laureate (Economics Girls side) who competed for a scholarship at national level.
 
Government offers 68 scholarships each year based on the HSC examinations.  A scholarship is also offered by the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) under the MCB Foundation Scholarship.
 
Forty-five scholarships are offered purely on the basis of performance and merit.  Twenty-four additional scholarships are allocated later on an academic, merit and social criteria basis.  This list is proclaimed after a selection exercise by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Social Security.  The list for 2017 will be made public once the exercise is completed.
 
In the coming days, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research will launch a call for applications for those eligible for the 24 scholarships.

 

Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org

Pyeongchang 2018: Staying Cyber Safe during the Olympics

Original release date: February 01, 2018

As the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang approach, NCCIC/US-CERT reminds travelers to be aware of cybersecurity risks. At high-profile events, cyber activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message. Cyber criminals may attempt to steal personally identifiable information or harvest users’ credentials for financial gain. There is also the possibility that mobile or other communications will be monitored.

NCCIC/US-CERT encourages users to protect themselves against these risks—especially risks associated with portable devices such as smart phones and tablets—by taking the following actions:

  • Switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use.
  • Use a credit card to pay for online goods and services.
  • When using a public or unsecured wireless connection, avoid using sites and applications that require personal information like log-ins.
  • Update mobile software.
  • Use strong PINs and passwords.

Using the security practices suggested in the resources listed below will also help travelers stay more secure in Pyeongchang and other travel destinations:


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