MauCAS to pave the way for new electronic payment options, says PM

GIS – 15 August, 2019: The Mauritius Central Automated Switch (MauCAS), a novel state-of-the art digital hub fully owned and operated by the Bank of Mauritius (BoM) for routing payments among operators on a 24/7 basis, was launched, yesterday, by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.  The launch ceremony was held at the seat of the Bank of Mauritius in Port Louis.

In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that MauCAS, which is built on open standards, will enable banks and non-bank operators to provide transformative payment and value-added services through innovative channels. This will hence pave the way for new electronic payment options, he indicated.
 
In the face of a technology-driven era, the Prime Minister emphasised that Government is committed to modernising Mauritius and enhancing the quality of life of the population with various technological and infrastructural projects. Therefore, MauCAS will help to accommodate enriched mobile applications and FinTech, among others. It will also be used to successfully launch a central virtual register of ‘Know Your Client’ from the BoM, leading to reducing the time and costs of this key regulation of the financial services sector, he added.
Moreover, Mr Jugnauth reiterated his vision of a cashless society to better secure financial transactions in Mauritius. MauCAS will be a real boost to e-commerce with its 24/7 payment system, he pointed out. The Prime Minister also announced the upcoming introduction of a "Central Bank Digital Currency".
For his part, the Governor of the BoM, Mr Yandraduth Googoolye, stated that MauCAS is a payment ecosystem designed to benefit all stakeholders of the payment industry, from end-customers to merchants and service providers as well as the Government. Through this initiative, he added, the Bank supports the development of Mauritius into a digital economy.
 
Furthermore, he indicated that as MauCAS effects retail payments outside official operating hours, it is the first national payment platform to operate round the clock, a feature attributable to a handful of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. MauCAS, he said, will change the dynamics of currency circulation in the country, reduce float in the system as well as allow banks and businesses to manage their liquidity more efficiently.
 
On the regional front, Mauritius is already a member and host of the COMESA Regional Payment and Settlement System (REPSS), Mr Googoolye highlighted. MauCAS may serve as a regional switch to the participating countries and be used for cross border retail payments through mobiles and cards, with settlement being carried out on REPSS, he added.
 
The Mauritius Central Automated Switch
 
As the central payment switch, MauCAS is designed to simplify the current retail payments by routing transactions made through cards and mobile phones for settlement at the Bank of Mauritius. This therefore enhances efficiency in the system while maintaining the inter-operability of different channels of payments.
 
The goal of MauCAS is to create an enabling environment for digital payments so as to support the development of Mauritius into a digital economy. Additionally, MauCAS aims at: providing a multifaceted inter-operator switching platform for various payment channels; reducing infrastructure acquisition and ownership costs through shared costs among stakeholders; creating a common platform for key players to develop e-products that would extend the coverage of services beyond the traditional bank clientele; providing an open system for businesses and; increasing versatility of payment options through the concept of ‘anywhere, anytime payment’.
 

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MauCAS to pave the way for new electronic payment options, says PM

GIS – 15 August, 2019: The Mauritius Central Automated Switch (MauCAS), a novel state-of-the art digital hub fully owned and operated by the Bank of Mauritius (BoM) for routing payments among operators on a 24/7 basis, was launched, yesterday, by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.  The launch ceremony was held at the seat of the Bank of Mauritius in Port Louis.

In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that MauCAS, which is built on open standards, will enable banks and non-bank operators to provide transformative payment and value-added services through innovative channels. This will hence pave the way for new electronic payment options, he indicated.
 
In the face of a technology-driven era, the Prime Minister emphasised that Government is committed to modernising Mauritius and enhancing the quality of life of the population with various technological and infrastructural projects. Therefore, MauCAS will help to accommodate enriched mobile applications and FinTech, among others. It will also be used to successfully launch a central virtual register of ‘Know Your Client’ from the BoM, leading to reducing the time and costs of this key regulation of the financial services sector, he added.
Moreover, Mr Jugnauth reiterated his vision of a cashless society to better secure financial transactions in Mauritius. MauCAS will be a real boost to e-commerce with its 24/7 payment system, he pointed out. The Prime Minister also announced the upcoming introduction of a "Central Bank Digital Currency".
For his part, the Governor of the BoM, Mr Yandraduth Googoolye, stated that MauCAS is a payment ecosystem designed to benefit all stakeholders of the payment industry, from end-customers to merchants and service providers as well as the Government. Through this initiative, he added, the Bank supports the development of Mauritius into a digital economy.
 
Furthermore, he indicated that as MauCAS effects retail payments outside official operating hours, it is the first national payment platform to operate round the clock, a feature attributable to a handful of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. MauCAS, he said, will change the dynamics of currency circulation in the country, reduce float in the system as well as allow banks and businesses to manage their liquidity more efficiently.
 
On the regional front, Mauritius is already a member and host of the COMESA Regional Payment and Settlement System (REPSS), Mr Googoolye highlighted. MauCAS may serve as a regional switch to the participating countries and be used for cross border retail payments through mobiles and cards, with settlement being carried out on REPSS, he added.
 
The Mauritius Central Automated Switch
 
As the central payment switch, MauCAS is designed to simplify the current retail payments by routing transactions made through cards and mobile phones for settlement at the Bank of Mauritius. This therefore enhances efficiency in the system while maintaining the inter-operability of different channels of payments.
 
The goal of MauCAS is to create an enabling environment for digital payments so as to support the development of Mauritius into a digital economy. Additionally, MauCAS aims at: providing a multifaceted inter-operator switching platform for various payment channels; reducing infrastructure acquisition and ownership costs through shared costs among stakeholders; creating a common platform for key players to develop e-products that would extend the coverage of services beyond the traditional bank clientele; providing an open system for businesses and; increasing versatility of payment options through the concept of ‘anywhere, anytime payment’.
 

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IOIG 2019: Mauritian athletes receive additional support from Government

GIS – 12 August, 2019: Government has decided, in a bid to further support Mauritian athletes, to allocate an additional sum of Rs 50 000, Rs 40 000 and Rs 30 000 respectively to Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists of the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG). In addition, all athletes who participated in the recent Games, which Mauritius hosted, but did not win any medal will receive the sum of Rs 20 000.

 
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement, on Saturday 10 August 2019, during a reception which he hosted at the Clarisse House, in Vacoas, to honour the success of Mauritian athletes who participated in IOIG 2019.  Several Ministers, members of parliament, and other personalities were present at the event.
 
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth pointed out that the decision to allocate an additional sum was taken following the outstanding performances of Mauritian athletes, who, through their determination and perseverance, have enabled Mauritius to win the IOIG for the first time since the creation of the Games. The State Bank of Mauritius will open an account on behalf of each participant, with the cash prize awarded to them by the State, and these athletes will also benefit from educational, housing and personal loans at a preferential rate of 4%.
 
Moreover, the Prime Minister emphasised that the success of these Games is the result of the collective efforts made by each and every one at different levels.  The Republic of Mauritius must be inspired by our athletes, who have never given up under any circumstance, he said. He also commended the long-term hard work of athletes, coaches, sports federations and the COJI, as well as the athletes’ families who have provided constant support.
 
On another note, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of practising a sports discipline and reaffirmed Government’s determination to make sports accessible to all citizens by providing additional investments. In this context, he announced the upcoming establishment of academies, other than the Liverpool Football Academy, which will be inaugurated on 23 August 2019 at the Côte d’Or Sports Complex. The aim of these academies, he said, will be to create a talent pool to promote the emergence of high-level athletes in Mauritius.
 
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IOIG 2019: Mauritian athletes receive additional support from Government

GIS – 12 August, 2019: Government has decided, in a bid to further support Mauritian athletes, to allocate an additional sum of Rs 50 000, Rs 40 000 and Rs 30 000 respectively to Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists of the 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG). In addition, all athletes who participated in the recent Games, which Mauritius hosted, but did not win any medal will receive the sum of Rs 20 000.

 
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement, on Saturday 10 August 2019, during a reception which he hosted at the Clarisse House, in Vacoas, to honour the success of Mauritian athletes who participated in IOIG 2019.  Several Ministers, members of parliament, and other personalities were present at the event.
 
In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth pointed out that the decision to allocate an additional sum was taken following the outstanding performances of Mauritian athletes, who, through their determination and perseverance, have enabled Mauritius to win the IOIG for the first time since the creation of the Games. The State Bank of Mauritius will open an account on behalf of each participant, with the cash prize awarded to them by the State, and these athletes will also benefit from educational, housing and personal loans at a preferential rate of 4%.
 
Moreover, the Prime Minister emphasised that the success of these Games is the result of the collective efforts made by each and every one at different levels.  The Republic of Mauritius must be inspired by our athletes, who have never given up under any circumstance, he said. He also commended the long-term hard work of athletes, coaches, sports federations and the COJI, as well as the athletes’ families who have provided constant support.
 
On another note, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of practising a sports discipline and reaffirmed Government’s determination to make sports accessible to all citizens by providing additional investments. In this context, he announced the upcoming establishment of academies, other than the Liverpool Football Academy, which will be inaugurated on 23 August 2019 at the Côte d’Or Sports Complex. The aim of these academies, he said, will be to create a talent pool to promote the emergence of high-level athletes in Mauritius.
 
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Diversification is key to ensuring sustainability of the sugarcane industry, says Prime Minister

GIS – 19 July, 2019: Government is committed to supporting small planters for more diversified agricultural ventures and ensure sustainability of the sugarcane industry in Mauritius, stated the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday, at the Farmers’ Service Centre in Goodlands, during a meeting with small planters and representatives of the sugarcane industry. 

The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Ashit Gungah, and the Minister of Labour Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Soodesh Callichurn, were also present at the event.
Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that undertaking a substantial reform in the sugarcane industry is crucial for its long term resilience on both local and international front.  The sector, he stressed, has to be diversified if new opportunities are to be taken adding that planters can also explore other potential areas such as tea sector, floriculture, bee-keeping, and sheltered farming. He spoke of the need to encourage the production of bagasse which is a fibrous waste-product of the sugar refining industry with a more competitive advantage on the market.
The help of international experts of the World Bank, he said, has been sought for the preparation of a report on the economic, financial and climatic aspects with regard to the sugarcane industry in Mauritius as well as to give further indications on the performance of the sector in the coming time. He underlined that they will help identify challenges that the industry is facing, mainly in terms of the decline of the price of sugar and other cane-related products on the global market. Discussions, he added, are ongoing with potential trade partners such as Africa, India and China for greater export opportunities in the sugarcane sector.
Several governmental and fiscal measures, Prime Minister stated, have been implemented for planters and farmers, namely:  the allocation of Rs 25 000 per ton of sugar for the first 60 tons of sugar accrued to sugarcane farmers; provision of Rs 15 million for the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority to acquire equipment for harvesting sugar cane of small planters; waiving of 50% of the advance on fertilisers provided to planters; the amount due by small planters under the Field Operations Regrouping Project Scheme and the insurance premium paid to the Sugar Insurance Fund Board by planters producing up to 60 tons of sugar; and  provision of funds under the Cane Replantation Programme to encourage planters to bring their lands back under cultivation.
He also spoke of one key project announced in Budget 2019-2020, the National Wholesale Market which will be operational in December this year and will provide a space for planters to sell their products to wholesalers and customers in an efficient manner. On this score, he urged planters to benefit from training and research opportunities to help them professionalise their agricultural activities and hence, reach out for greater profitability.
Prime Minister Jugnauth also expressed his determination to continue valorising Mauritius’ agricultural landscape adding that the cane industry is yet to flourish as a key pillar of the economy. He reassured planters that sustaining the sugarcane sector remains a matter of great concern for the Government and measures are being taken to respond to the expectations and needs of community of planters.

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National Cybersecurity Drill

The Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU) organised a National Cybersecurity Drill for the Financial Sector and the Department of Civil Aviation from 25th – 28th June 2019 at Palms Hotel, Quatre-Bornes. The main objective of the 4 days’ event was to assess the preparedness of these sectors to resist cyber threats and enable timely detection, response, and mitigation and recovery actions in the event of cyber-attacks. A workshop was held on the 25th June 2019 to familiarize the participants with the way cybersecurity drills are conducted and what is expected from them. The participants were also informed on the team composition for the drill exercise. From 26th – 28th June 2019, various scenarios were simulated during the drill exercise where participants had to come up with their response plans and present same in front of the other teams. The scenarios were conducted by staffs of CERT-MU during these 3 days. We also had a team of 3 Estonian experts from the Cyber4D programme who acted as observers for the cybersecurity drill. The workshop was attended by some 70 people on the 25th June 2019 and some 40 participants took part in the cybersecurity drill exercise which consisted of the Department of Civil Aviation, Financial Intelligence Unit, Financial Services Commission, Bank of Mauritius, and 9 commercial banks of the country.

National Cybersecurity Drill for the Financial Sector

The Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius (CERT-MU) organised a National Cybersecurity Drill for the Financial Sector and the Department of Civil Aviation from 25th – 28th June 2019 at Palms Hotel, Quatre-Bornes. The main objective of the 4 days’ event was to assess the preparedness of these sectors to resist cyber threats and enable timely detection, response, and mitigation and recovery actions in the event of cyber-attacks. A workshop was held on the 25th June 2019 to familiarize the participants with the way cybersecurity drills are conducted and what is expected from them. The participants were also informed on the team composition for the drill exercise. From 26th – 28th June 2019, various scenarios were simulated during the drill exercise where participants had to come up with their response plans and present same in front of the other teams. The scenarios were conducted by staffs of CERT-MU during these 3 days. We also had a team of 3 Estonian experts from the Cyber4D programme who acted as observers for the cybersecurity drill. The workshop was attended by some 70 people on the 25th June 2019 and some 40 participants took part in the cybersecurity drill exercise which consisted of the Department of Civil Aviation, Financial Intelligence Unit, Financial Services Commission, Bank of Mauritius, and 9 commercial banks of the country. 
 

Prime Minister launches Victoria Urban Terminal project

GIS – 28 June, 2019: The Victoria Urban Terminal project, a first-of-its-kind multimodal complex to the tune of some Rs 1.9 billion, was officially launched, yesterday, by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, at the Caudan Arts Centre in Port Louis. The Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, other Ministers, Members of Parliament, and other personalities were also present at the launching ceremony.

The Terminal project, expected to be completed in some two years, revolves around a redefined architecture including the restoration of the ex-NTA building, provision of space for leisure activities, food courts, shops and lucrative commercial activities as well as historical monuments. The contract for the Victoria Urban Terminal project has been awarded to the consortium Transinvest-General Construction-IBL-Innodis-Promotion and Development-RHT Bus Services.
In his address, the Prime Minister reiterated Government’s commitment to modernise the country, for the benefit of all citizens, through public-private partnerships such as the Victoria Urban Terminal, a project which will undoubtedly be profitable and generate wealth. He announced that similar projects, totalling investments of more than Rs 10 billion will also be developed along the route of the Metro Express.
 
Prime Minister Jugnauth stated that eligible hawkers willing to buy their own stalls in the new urban terminals at Victoria and Immigration Square stations will be given concessional financing assistance through the Development Bank of Mauritius. He further made an appeal for public understanding during the proceedings.
 
For his part, Minister Bodha stated that the renovation works for the old Victoria bus terminal are expected to cost some Rs 350 million. He added that some 600 buses, 50 taxis and 1 000 hawkers will have to be relocated during the construction of the Victoria Urban Terminal.
 
Some 100 000 passengers are expected to pass through the Victoria Urban Terminal daily. This project spreading over an area of ​​5.25 acres, will house a terminal comprising 22 stands, offices on area of 2 992 m2, a parking area of ​​400 spaces over 2 200 m2, the Victoria Market on 7 200 m2, the Victoria Shopping Centre on 8 480 m2, a supermarket on 2 448 m2, and a food court of 1 049 m2. Some 1 000 hawkers will also be accommodated in the complex.
 
 

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Maurice annonce la tenue d’un sommet mondial sur la sécurité maritime et renforce son leadership régional dans ce domaine

Deuxième conférence ministérielle sur la sécurité maritime et 22ième plénière du GCPCS
Maurice annonce la tenue d’un sommet mondial sur la sécurité maritime et renforce son leadership régional dans ce domaine
 
Maurice assoit son rôle de leadership dans la sécurité maritime régionale et annonce la tenue d’un sommet mondial sur la sureté des mers contre les crime. Avec le concours de la Commission de l’océan Indien (COI), elle continue à mobiliser l’effort de la communauté internationale pour sécuriser les routes maritimes et dans l’océan Indien occidental.
Durant toute une semaine, la sécurité maritime a été au cœur de l’agenda régional. Plus de 200 délégués de haut niveau venant d’une quarantaine de pays et organisations internationales se ont donnés rendez-vous à Maurice pour la Conférence ministérielle sur la sécurité maritime dans l’océan Indien occidental des 18 et 19 juin 2019 et pour la 22e session plénière du Groupe de contact sur la piraterie au large des côtes somaliennes le 20 juin.
La sécurité maritime, a indiqué le ministre des Affaires étrangères de Maurice, M. Nandcoomar Bodha, est devenu un enjeu de développement majeur pour les pays de la région qui sont en train de développer l’économie bleue pour générer de nouvelles sources de richesse nationale pour leurs populations.
Le chef de la diplomatie mauricienne a rappelé que la deuxième édition de la conférence ministérielle a pour objectif de prolonger et de raffermir les grandes avancées réalisées lors de la dernière édition notamment en terme de la mise en œuvre d’une feuille de route pour renforcer l’architecture de surveillance des mers.
L’entrée en opération du Centre de Coordination aux Seychelles et du Centre de Fusion à Madagascar, mise en place dans le cadre des Accords MASE (Maritime Security Programme), répond à une exigence de sécurité des océans dans la région.
Le ministre a fait un appel aux pays de la région qui n’ont pas encore signé ces accords de le faire en vue de renforcer la coopération régionale face aux risques sécuritaires en
Le ministre Mentor et ministre de la Défense, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, a, lui, annoncé la tenue d’un sommet mondial sur la sécurité de océans, réaffirmant ainsi le rôle de leadership que compte jouer Maurice dans ce domaine vital de l’économie et de la sécurité mondiale. Maurice qui revendique dorénavant avec détermination son statut d’Etat océan avec une immense zone économique exclusive de plus de 2,3 millions de kilomètres carrés veut faire entendre sa voix dans la région et sur la scène internationale.
Le bassin occidental de l’océan indien revêt une importance au niveau mondial. En effet, ce vaste espace bordé par une quinzaine d’Etats est traversé par des grandes routes maritimes reliant l’Asie, le Moyen Orient, l’Afrique orientale et australe et l’Europe.
Au-delà de la piraterie qui a longtemps été un risque sécuritaire majeur dans la région, d’autres menaces ont émergé et se développent dans l’océan indien occidental dont la criminalité transnationale et organisée, notamment le trafic d’êtres humains, l’immigration clandestine organisée, le trafic d’armes et le terrorisme. Le trafic de drogue est particulièrement important dans la zone, mettant en danger Maurice et ses voisins.
 
La conférence ministérielle et la plénière du GCPCS ont permis de faire le point sur les enjeux de sécurité maritime et les initiatives en cours pour y répondre. Au total, une trentaine d’initiatives luttant contre les différents aspects de l’insécurité maritime (piraterie, trafic de drogue, traite d’êtres humains, attaques à mains armées, pêche illégale, blanchiment d’argent, risque terroriste, pollution…) ont cours dans l’océan Indien occidental. Les participants à la Conférence ministérielle ont ainsi appelé à une coordination effective de l’ensemble de ces initiatives pour éviter les chevauchements et assurer une sécurisation de long terme de l’océan Indien occidental traversé par des routes maritimes d’importance mondiale.
Parmi ces initiatives, les mécanismes d’échange d’information et de coordination des actions en mer, mis en place à travers le programme MASE financé par l’Union européenne, et les activités du Code de conduite de Djibouti et ses amendements de Djeddah ont particulièrement retenu l’attention puisqu’ils fondent une architecture régionale de sécurité maritime adaptée aux besoins de la région. Les Centres régionaux mis en place à travers ces initiatives permettent en effet de mieux coordonner les actions en mer et de fluidifier la circulation de l’information entre les administrations nationales chargées de la sécurité. Les outils déployés dans le cadre du programme MASE auprès du Centre régional de fusion de l’information maritime à Madagascar et du Centre régional de coordination opérationnelle aux Seychelles permettront notamment de suivre la situation maritime en temps réel et d’identifier rapidement les comportements suspects ou les cas de détresse en mer pour une intervention coordonnée. Les participants ont également indiqué leur appréciation positive de la participation des partenaires internationaux aux opérations sur le terrain, notamment des forces navales (EUNAVFOR Atalanta, Combined Maritime Forces, les pourvoyeurs extérieurs de sécurité et l’OTAN)
A l’issue des travaux, les délégués ont adopté la Déclaration de la Conférence ministérielle sur la sécurité maritime dans l’océan Indien occidental et le Communiqué final de la 22e session plénière du CGPCS, deux documents qui fixent le cap des actions à venir pour la sécurité maritime régionale. Les organisations régionales de l’Afrique orientale (COMESA, IGAD, EAC et COI) sont appelées à rester en première ligne de la mobilisation et de l’action pour la sécurité maritime en appui à leurs Etats membres et avec le soutien des partenaires au développement, notamment l’Union européenne.
Déterminées à approfondir l’engagement pour la sécurité maritime, « condition essentielle pour développer l’économie bleue et assurer la stabilité, le progrès social et la sécurité humaine », les autorités mauriciennes, par la voix du ministre mauricien des Affaires étrangères, de l’Intégration régionale et du Commerce international, Nandcoomar Bodha, également président en exercice du CGPCS au nom de la COI, ont annoncé l’organisation d’une nouvelle édition de la Conférence ministérielle en 2020 visant à évaluer la mise en œuvre de la Déclaration adoptée le 19 juin. Nandcoomar Bodha a également symboliquement remis le fanion du CGPCS à Raychelle Omamo, ministre de la Défense du Kenya  qui prendra la présidence de ce Groupe de contact à compter de janvier 2020 pour deux ans. Ce passage de témoin exprime la volonté des Etats de la région de jouer un rôle croissant et prépondérant pour la sécurité maritime régionale avec le concours renouvelé de la communauté internationale.
Cette semaine de la sécurité maritime, organisée par la République de Maurice en partenariat avec la COI et le soutien de l’Union européenne, a été marquée par la présence des ministres des Comores, de Djibouti, du Kenya, de Madagascar, du Secrétaire d’Etat des Seychelles représentant la présidence du Conseil des ministres de la COI, de la sous-secrétaire générale pour l’Afrique du Département des Affaires politiques et de Consolidation de la paix des Nations unies, des ambassadeurs de l’Union européenne, de France, du Royaume-Uni, de Chine, d’Inde et du Japon, entre autres, et de hauts-représentants des Etats-Unis, de plusieurs pays africains, arabes, asiatiques et européens, des forces navales, du COMESA, de l’IGAD, de la COI ou encore des agences onusiennes (Organisation maritime internationale, Organisation internationale pour les migrations, Office des Nations unies contre la drogue et le crime, FAO…).
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Cabinet Decisions taken on 21 JUNE 2019

CABINET DECISIONS    21 JUNE 2019
 
 
1.         Cabinet has agreed to an early introduction into the National Assembly of the Declaration of Assets (Amendment) Bill.  The object of the Bill is to amend the Declaration of Assets Act 2018 –
 
(a)       by widening the definition of “assets”, so that assets to be declared under the Act shall include any money deposited in a non-bank deposit taking institution by the Bank of Mauritius;
 
(b)       so as to give a definition to the term “State-owned enterprise”, so that a State-owned enterprise which falls under the purview of the Act shall be such enterprise, in which the State is a shareholder or exercises a degree of control, as may be prescribed; and
 
            (c)        so as to clarify some provisions of the Act.
 
 
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2.         Cabinet has agreed to the creation of a ‘Village des Artistes’ at Batterie de l’Harmonie, Black River, on the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) model.  The project aims at conserving, restoring and upgrading structures on the site in line with the provisions of the National Heritage Fund Act in order to provide a conducive environment for artists to create works of art, showcase their creations, hold working sessions and conduct workshops.
 
 
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3.         Cabinet has agreed to the renaming of the classified Baie du Cap, Chamarel and Case Noyale Road (B104), commonly known as ‘Chemin 52 Contours’, in view of the fact that Chamarel is already a strong tourism brand in itself and famous for its tourist attractions, namely, seven coloured earth, mirador, waterfall and “Rhumerie de Chamarel”.
 
 
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4.         Cabinet has taken note of the status of implementation of projects in the Health Sector namely, the construction of the new ENT Hospital at Vacoas, the Flacq Teaching Hospital, the New Eye Care Hospital at Réduit and four Mediclinics at Bel Air, Coromandel, Stanley and Quartier Militaire.
 
 
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5.         Cabinet has taken note that the 7th Session of the Mauritius-EU Political Dialogue was held on 13 June 2019. The Mauritius delegation comprised the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, the Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms, the Minister of Financial Services and Good Governance, as well as senior officials from different Ministries.  The EU side was headed by HE Ms Marjana Sall, EU Ambassador to Mauritius, and included diplomatic representatives of eight EU Member States, including France and UK.
 
            The meeting discussed various issues related to the current state of play and the future of Mauritius-EU relations bilaterally and within the Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) and post-CPA.
 
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6.         Cabinet has taken note of the activities being organised by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life on 27 June 2019 to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, namely –
 
(a)       a march from Champ de Mars to Jardin de la Compagnie involving the participation of around 1,200 persons, including students from secondary schools in the region of Port Louis, representatives of different Ministries, NGOs as well as other stakeholders;
 
(b)       a national mass media campaign against drug, targeting the whole population and sensitisation of students on the harmful effects of drugs; and
 
(c)        sensitisation on problems of drug at workplace as well as the community through talks and dissemination of brochures.
 
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7.         Cabinet has taken note that the Mauritius Family Planning and Welfare Association Act 2018 which was passed by the National Assembly on 4 December 2018, would be proclaimed shortly and would come into operation on 15 July 2019. 
 
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8.         Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the recent visit of the Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms to Rodrigues. The main objective of his visit was to follow up on issues pertaining to Human Rights and to have consultations with various stakeholders to raise their awareness on the subject matter. During the visit, he had, inter alia, working sessions with the Chief Commissioner, Members of the National Assembly and Commissioners of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. He also had an awareness raising and brainstorming session with the Departmental Heads of the various Commissions of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, representatives from the Police Force, the Prison Service and relevant NGOs.
 
 
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