Cabinet Decisions taken on ​06 MARCH 2020

 

CABINET DECISIONS – 06 MARCH 2020
 
 

1.         Cabinet has agreed to drafting instructions being given to the Attorney General’s Office for –
 
(a)       the review of the Environment Protection (Standards for Air) Regulations 1998;
(b)       the review of the Environment Protection (Declaration of Environmental Laws) Regulations 2005; and
(c)        amendments to be made to the Ninth Schedule (Fixed Penalty Fines) of the Environment Protection Act 2002 by way of regulations.
 
The objectives of the above proposals are to –
 
(i)         improve the ambient air quality;
(ii)        improve the enforcement mechanism; and
(iii)       reduce noise nuisances and illegal dumping.
 
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2.         Cabinet has taken note of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Standard Chartered Bank and the Government of Mauritius to formalise the collaboration with the Bank for the development of a Sustainable Financing Framework for Mauritius.  The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding is to secure the expertise of the Standard Chartered Bank to assist the Ministry of Financial Services and Good Governance in the elaboration of a financing framework through the issuance of new product offerings in terms of green, blue or sustainability bonds on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
 
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3.         Cabinet has taken note that a ‘Déclaration d’Intention’ has been signed between the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping and l’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, a French public research institution under the joint supervision of the French Ministries of Higher Education and Research and Foreign Affairs, during the official visit of the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs to Mauritius.  The main objective of the ‘Déclaration d’Intention’ is to consolidate the cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions with a view to obtaining expertise and guidance relating, inter alia, to the blue economy.  The ‘Déclaration d’Intention’ provides for mutual agreement and cooperation in the fields of –
 

(a)     campaigns at sea;
(b)       marine biology and biotechnology;
(c)        marine ecology, biodiversity conservation and marine habitat recovery;
(d)       fishing and sustainable aquaculture;
(e)       assessment of plastic pollution and the impact of plastic on the environment and society;
(f)        research in physical oceanography; and
(g)       earth observation by satellite imagery.

 
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4.         Cabinet has taken note of the setting up of an Incubator at the Financial Services Institute to train current and prepare potential persons for board readiness in the public, private and third sectors.  The rationale for the setting up of an Incubator is to promote good governance through effective contribution of boards and their members.  The Incubator would develop and execute strategies for outreach as well as for attracting deserving and qualified potential directors.  It would also provide high-quality coaching and advisory support to directors and facilitate understanding and practice of the National Code of Corporate Governance.
 
 
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5.         Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of an operation carried out recently by the Ministry of Commerce and Consumer Protection to crackdown the illegal use of domestic Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in small cylinders for commercial purposes.  Out of 500 traders visited, some 140 were found to be using the domestic LPG cylinders in their business and contraventions were established against them accordingly.
 
 
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6.         Cabinet has taken note of the findings contained in the “Corruption Perceptions Index 2019” Report released on 23 January 2020 by Transparency International and of the follow up action undertaken after the publication of the “Global Corruption Barometer – Africa 2019” Report.  A Committee has been set up at the level of the Ministry of Financial Services and Good Governance to chart out an Action Plan on how to enhance the Corruption Perceptions Index score and ranking of Mauritius.
 
 
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7.         Cabinet has agreed to Mauritius signing the Revised “Accord général de Coopération entre les Etats Membres de la COI” at the 34th Indian Ocean Commssion (IOC) Council of Ministers, in Seychelles.  The revised agreement would now provide for, inter alia, –
 
(a)       the holding of the IOC Council of Ministers twice a year;
 
(b)       the institutionalisation of the IOC Summit of Heads of State and Government; and
 
(c)        the establishment of a new post of Deputy Secretary General.
 
 
 
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8.         Cabinet has taken note of the Stamp Issue Programme for the year 2020.  Postage Stamps would be issued on the following –
 
(a)       the extinct species of Mauritius and Rodrigues, including the dodo, the parrot and the solitaire;
 
(b)       the commemoration of the decade of biodiversity;
 
(c)        the 50th year of existence of the “Centre de L`Audition et du Langage” for people with hearing disabilities situated in Beau Bassin;
 
(d)       the 150th anniversary of the historical postal building situated at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis;
 
(e)       the 200th anniversary of the Port Louis Theatre;
 
(f)        the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Mauritius and Australia; and
 
(g)       the building of the First Cube Satellite for Mauritius.
 
 
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9.         Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Housing and Land Use Planning to the United Arab Emirates where he participated in the tenth session of the World Urban Forum.  The World Urban Forum is a non-legislative technical forum set up in 2002 by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).  The theme of the Forum was “Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation”.  Participants were given the opportunity to take stock and debate emerging innovative approaches and practices in harnessing culture and innovation as drivers for sustainable urbanisation and provide greater insights into the linkages between urbanisation, culture and innovation.  The Minister also had bilateral meetings with Heads of delegation from the United Arab Emirates, the USA, Uganda and the Seychelles and various international organisations.  The “Abu Dhabi Declared Actions” was adopted at the Forum.
 
 
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10.       Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training to Uganda where he participated in the 46th Session of the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) Governing Council Meeting and High Level Symposium on the Strategic Objective on Social Protection.  The main objectives of the Symposium were to –
 
(a)       pursue policies based on the following four strategic objectives as items for recurrent discussions, namely employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work; and
 
(b)       prepare the ARLAC family for informed participation during the recurrent discussion on the Strategic objective on Social Protection (Social Security) and to exchange information on existing practice for comparative advantage on the different efforts made by Member States on Social Protection.
 
The Governing Council recommended Member States to, inter alia, –
 
(i)         develop strategies for Resource Mobilisation for Social Protection;
 
(ii)        promote and develop strategies for job rich growth and decent work for the youth;
 
(iii)       invest in the strengthening of Social Protection Management Information Systems;
 
(iv)       strengthen coordination and coherence of Policies for Social Protection and Interventions; and
 
(v)        ensure ratification of Convention 102 and other relevant instruments on Social Protection;
 
In the margins of the meetings, the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training had discussions with Ministers from Uganda, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi on possible areas of cooperation.
 
 
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11.       Cabinet has taken note of the appointment of Mr Sarwansingh Purmessur, Permanent Secretary of the National Development Unit as Chairperson of the Land Drainage Board.
 
 
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New multi-purpose support vessel to support training and research in the blue economy

GIS – 06 March, 2020: Investigator II, a new multi-purpose support vessel to support important training and research in the blue economy, was officially launched, yesterday, by the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at Quay E, Mer Rouge. The vessel, co-funded by the Australian and Mauritian governments, will be used by the Mauritius Oceanography Institute, the Mauritius Maritime Training Academy and other Government institutions.

Speaking at the launch, Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that the fisheries sector is a priority area for Mauritius in view of our large Exclusive Economic Zone which spans over 2.3 million square kilometres. He added that the blue economy, which has an immense potential for Mauritius, can drive the country to another stage of its development. Hence, the need for necessary expertise, state-of-the-art tools, appropriate technology and the required framework.
 
He reiterated Government’s commitment to making the blue economy an important industry to sustain economic diversification, job creation and wealth generation adding that the fisheries sector is one of the mainstays of the blue economy. He recalled that in order to provide fisheries operators with new facilities, the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) is investing some Rs 2.2 billion in another breakwater at Fort William which will allow for the safe mooring of some 120 ocean-going fishing vessels, thus creating a fully functional fishing port. Moreover, the navigational channel will be dredged further to a depth of 18 metres to make Port Louis the deepest port in the region, he said.
 
Furthermore, the MPA will be setting up a Maritime Single Window for the processing of vessel clearances which would facilitate the arrival and departure of vessels at the Port of Port-Louis, enhancing its competitiveness in the region. Other measures include: the setting up of an online and physical fish auction market which will act as an interface between local fishers, fishing companies and buyers, both local and international; and increase in daily rate of Bad Weather Allowance to assist fishers who have not been able to go fishing due to bad weather conditions from Rs 310 to Rs 365.
 
Since regional cooperation in fisheries management and development, and marine conservation, is of utmost importance to small island States, Mauritius will actively participate in the activities of the relevant Regional Fisheries Organisations such as the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission, stated the Prime Minister.
 
Also present on the occasion, the Minister of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Sudheer Maudhoo, stated that Investigator II will help his Ministry in assessing marine resources and providing better facilities to enhance fish production through sustainable exploitation of untapped resources especially on the banks.
 
For her part, Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Jenny Dee highlighted that the launching the multi-purpose vessel coincides with the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Mauritius and Australia. According to her, the sustainable use of marine resources is critical for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development in the Indian Ocean region, and hinges on strong regional cooperation, sound research and innovative technologies.
 
Investigator II
 
The 61 ft Investigator II which will be operated by the Fisheries Training and Extension Centre of the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping. It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the conduct of exploratory surveys, fisheries research, oceanography projects, placing of Fish Aggregating Devices and their maintenance as well as training of fishers and skippers, in order to develop the fisheries sector. It is also fitted with sophisticated equipment to carry out acoustic surveys for the stock assessment of unexploited demersal fish on the banks and slopes drop-offs.
 
Investigator II will also be used to undertake a stock assessment to better manage and protect species such as lobsters, squid and other small commercial pelagic fish. The results of these studies will consolidate knowledge and facilitate the diversification of our fisheries and seafood industry.
 
The total cost for the acquisition of the multipurpose support vessel is estimated at Rs 57 M and the Government of Australia has provided Rs 20 M under the Australian Food Aid Programme for the purchase of the vessel.
 

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Promoting Mauritius as an important financial centre in Africa

GIS – 03 March, 2020: The promotion of Mauritius as an important financial centre in the African continent was at the fore of discussions today during a courtesy call by the Group Chairman of the Standard Chartered Bank PLC, Mr. José Viñals, on the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.

In a statement, Mr. José Viñals underlined that he had a productive meeting with the Prime Minister while adding that discussions pertained to developing Mauritius as a leading sustainable financial centre.
Mauritius, he said, plays an important role as a financial hub for Asia, the Middle East and Africa. To this end, he expressed his commitment to strengthen the collaboration with the Government of Mauritius as well as to create a synergy between the public and private sectors with a view of contributing further to the economic development of the country.

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HSC 2019: Proclamation of Laureates

GIS – 07 Februay, 2020: The Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2019 results were proclaimed this morning and the pass rate for the Republic of Mauritius totals to 74.95%. The Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr  Pravind Kumar Jugnauth signed the official documents at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
 
The Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun Luchoomun proclaimed the names of laureates and commended their achievements. She acknowledged their sacrifices, dedication and hard work as well as the efforts and support of their families and respective academic institution.
 
The Vice-Prime Minister encouraged the laureates to cultivate the values of courage, hard work and perseverance so as to face the upcoming challenges of the next phase of their academic career. She also conveyed her best wishes to the laureates in their future endeavours.
 
HSC 2019 Results
A total of 8975 candidates sat for the 2019 HSC examinations that is, 8657 for Mauritius and 318 for Rodrigues. The pass rate for 2019 for the Republic of Mauritius totals to 74.95% as compared to 74.90% in 2018.
The number of laureates by school is as follows: Royal College Port Louis – 9; Queen Elizabeth College – 7; Royal College Curepipe – 6; Dr Maurice Curé State College – 6; Rabindranath Tagore Secondary School – 3; Droopnath Ramphul State College – 2; Mahatma Gandhi Institute Moka– 2; G.M.B Atchia State College – 2; Collège Du Saint Esprit – 2; Loreto College Quatres Bornes – 1;  Modern College – 1; and Rodrigues College – 4.  
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 on academic, merit and social criteria basis.  The list will be proclaimed after a selection exercise by the Ministry  of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology  and the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity. 
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