- GIS – 20 October, 2017: The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, will be on a State Visit to Mauritius from 26 to 29 October 2017.During the visit, the President will pay a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and meet the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. He will also participate in a Business Forum, and effect a visit at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site and Le Morne Cultural Landscape, among others.Furthermore, two Memoranda of Understanding between the two countries will be signed in the presence of the President of Seychelles. The first one pertains to cooperation in the Health sector for the provision of medical personnel, the exchange of experience and technical assistance, while the other one concerns the twinning between Rodrigues and the Island of La Digue with a view to promoting and strengthening cultural ties, exchanging experience and best practices in various areas, including marine, education, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, technology and investment promotion.Mr Danny Antoine Rollen Faure graduated with a Degree in Political Science in Cuba and was first appointed as Minister for Education in April 1998. From 2001 to 2009, he was assigned several ministries, including Education and Youth, Finance, Trade, and Industries.He has also overseen the implementation of the first generation of reforms under the macro economic reform programme which started in October 2008, and continues to direct the second generation of reforms as part of the on-going economic programme.Mr Faure was appointed Vice-President in July 2010, holding Ministerial portfolios for Finance and Trade, Public Administration, and Information Communication Technology and was sworn in as President of the Republic of Seychelles on 16th October 2016.
- GIS - 20 October, 2017: The Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in Research and Education with the Scottish Association for Marine Science.The main objective of the MoU is to foster a close working relationship in order to provide expertise and guidance on the development of research and education to support the growth of the Blue Economy.Another of its objectives is to cooperate in securing funding to support relevant research in marine science, fisheries, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, satellite technology, and marine renewable energy, including sustainable coastal ecosystem-based management and resource use.
- GIS - 20 October, 2017: A series of activities are being organised to mark the 50 years of Independence of Mauritius, that is, the Golden Jubilee, and the 26th anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius. In this context, a unique concert by Barbara Hendricks, the greatly admired black American soprano, and her Blues Band will be held on Friday 10 November 2017 at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC), Pailles as from 19 30 hrs.The announcement was made by the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, on 18 October 2017 during a press conference at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Caudan, in the presence of the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun.This event has been made possible due to the efforts of the Ministerial Committee for the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Mauritius and the President of the Republic in collaboration with Opera Mauritius.Minister Bodha recalled that Barbara Hendricks, is an African-American operatic soprano and concert singer who received musical training and her Bachelor of Music at the Juilliard School of Music, and has appeared at major opera houses throughout the world, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and La Scala. Barbara, he underlined is as devoted to her humanitarian work as she is to her music.Barbara Hendricks, Mr Bodha added, has been an active supporter of World Refugee Day activities and has performed at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award on several occasions, in addition to performing at many other concerts in celebration and support of UNHCR and refugees. While the passionate opera singer's impact on the world of music is unquestionable, her voice has also made a significant, if not as celebrated, difference in the lives of countless refugees, he said.Minister RoopunBarbara Hendricks
- GIS - 20 October, 2017: The newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of France to Mauritius, Mr Emmanuel Cohet, expressed interest to inspire from the concept of smart cities in Mauritius and work together towards creating a new synergy in the fields of digital economy; climate change; and reinforced cooperation in cultural and academic spheres including training.This was at the fore of discussions, during a courtesy call Ambassador Emmanuel Cohet paid on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on 18 October 2017 at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.Other issues on the agenda pertained to the reinforcement of bilateral relationships and consolidation of the strong bond of kinship between the two countries especially in the context of the 50 years of independence of the Republic of Mauritius in 2018.In a statement, the French Ambassador conveyed his appreciation regarding his fruitful and cordial meeting with Prime Minister Jugnauth and underlined that both parties spoke of deepening and expanding economic collaboration as well as chart out avenues of cooperation in different sectors while integrating Reunion Island as a partner.Ambassador Cohet presented his credential letter to the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim last week. Diplomatic ties between Mauritius and France date as back to 1972.
- GIS– 20 October 2017: The first gathering of some 485 preselected athletes for the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2019 will set the solid foundations to build and boost team spirit which is primordial for the Games, said the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, during a press conference in Port Louis on 18 October 2017.The Minister announced that the first gathering, to be held on Saturday 21 October 2017 at the Domaine Izy in Bambous, will bring together all preselected athletes, that is, from both Mauritius and Rodrigues to represent the whole Republic at the 2019 IOIG, which Mauritius will be hosting.Speaking about preventive measures with regards to drug abuse, Mr Toussaint pointed out that it is necessary to instill a culture of prevention among young people. The Minister thus announced the holding on 21 October 2017 of a march against drugs which will bring together all the preselected athletes, sports federations as well as the public at large. The march, he emphasised, will sensitise the youth on the importance to say no to drugs and no to doping in sports.The scheduled 2.2 km route is as follows: starting point, at 8.45 hours, in the parking lot of Intermart Ebène to proceed to Plaza Rose Hill via the Ecole Hôtelière Sir Gaëtan Duval and the Rose Hill Police Station. At the Plaza, sportspersons will take the floor to address the public on the topic in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development. The slogan retained is ‘Say No to Drugs – Say No to Doping’.IOIGThe IOIG is a multi-sports event held every four years among athletes from Indian Ocean islands.The IOIG were adopted by the International Olympic Committee in 1976. The objectives are to contribute to regional cooperation through the development of sport in the region, build friendship and mutual understanding between the peoples of the islands of the Indian Ocean, in the spirit of the Olympics.
- 18 October, 2017: The Finals of the Public Speaking Competition for public officers was held yesterday at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall in Port-Louis in the presence of the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Eddy Boissézon and the Minister of Tourism, Mr Anil Gayan.
Some 15 participants intervened on the topic International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and six of them were selected for the Finals. A cash prize of Rs 10, 000, a shield and a token were awarded to the winner Ms Julie Marie Johanne Rosie. The first runner-up, Mr Qaysar Islam, and the second runner-up, Ms Ramdawa Krishma, also received a cash prize as well as a token. They were all awarded a certificate of participation.
The aim of the Public Speaking Competition is to provide public officers with a platform to develop their latent speaking skills. It also encourages them to generate and share their ideas on pertinent issues.
The competition was organised by the Public Officers Welfare Council (POWC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms. It also forms part of events organised in the context of the celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of POWC which has been working to ensure the welfare of all public servants.
The POWC was created in 1992 with a view to promote the well-being of public servants. Its main objectives are to organise recreational and cultural activities for public officers; set up schemes or projects for the benefit of public officers and their families; and maintain effective communication with departmental Staff Welfare Associations amongst others.
- GIS - 18 October, 2017: A Conference on Marine Spatial Planning will be held in Mauritius in November 2017. The theme of the Conference is “Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 14)”.
The main objectives of the Conference are to explore strategies for the elaboration of a Marine Spatial Plan in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine reserves for sustainable development and to promote sharing of experiences and good practices in Marine Spatial Planning among Indian Ocean Rim Association Member States.
It also aims to promote collaborative research and development for ocean observatory and data management in the Indian Ocean.
Furthermore, it seeks to promote sustainable ocean economy development in Small Island Developing States through regional initiatives and make recommendations towards the implementation of Marine Spatial Planning good practices.
Some 21 Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association will participate in the Conference.
GIS -18 October, 2017: The contract for the design-build/turnkey and completion of the construction of a Grade Separated Junction on Motorway M1 at Deschartres Street has been awarded to the joint venture Transinvest Construction Ltd – General Construction Company Ltd for the sum of about Rs 321 million, exclusive of VAT. Mobilisation works have begun on site since 13 October 2017, and the project is expected to be completed by December 2018.
During a visit at the mobilisation site at Caudan entry in Port Louis yesterday, the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, termed the Grade Separated Junction project as a real technical challenge. “It is an ambitious and complex endeavour, which when implemented together with the forthcoming Ring Road Phase 2 and Metro Express project, will redistribute the traffic flow to and in the city,” he said.
The operationalisation within two weeks of the Traffic Modelling Unit which comprises the Korea Expressway Corporation, the Mauritius Research Council, and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport was announced by Mr Bodha. He also informed that a South Korean expert will arrive in Mauritius shortly. The Traffic Modelling Unit has been set up to address issues of traffic interference, especially in the context of the implementation of several major infrastructure projects.
Alleviating traffic congestion at the entrance of City centre
The objective of the Grade Separated Junction project is to alleviate traffic congestion at the entrance of Port-Louis Centre by providing an access for vehicular traffic from the South. The project will contribute to improve traffic flow along M1 at Place d’Armes.
The project comprises five components, namely a fly-over along the Motorway M1(southbound); redevelopment of the Place d’Armes; a third lane from Place d’Armes to Caudan; the review of the urban traffic flow in Port Louis; and the introduction of the intelligent transportation system using smart technology to control traffic lights more efficiently.
- GIS - 18 October, 2018: The Republic of Mauritius and the Federated States of Micronesia have formally established diplomatic relations through the signature of a Joint Communiqué, on 10 October 2017, by the Permanent Representative of Mauritius to the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Jagdish D. Koonjul,, and the Permanent Representative of the Federated States of Micronesia to the UN, Ambassador Mrs. Jane J. Chigiyal, respectively.As both countries are Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Ambassador Koonjul mentioned that they have a common destiny and face common vulnerabilities and challenges such as the severe impact of climate change. He added that SIDS like Mauritius and the Federated States of Micronesia have to stick together and speak with one voice, especially on ocean issues, climate change and marine issues to ensure their survival. He also called for movements of Ministers and business people to share experiences and learn from each other.For Ambassador Chigiyal, the formalisation of diplomatic relations between Mauritius and the Federated States of Micronesia opens up several possibility of cooperation. According to her, both countries may be SIDS but are "Big Ocean States". She added that the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation is a milestone for SIDS and has inspired several other countries. She also expressed her interest in learning from Mauritius about the services sector such as tourism.Mauritius is the 81st country with which the Federated States of Micronesia have established formal diplomatic relations.
- GIS – 18 October 2017: Government is committed to uplift people from their dire conditions and improve their quality of life as well as promote an equitable and inclusive society, emphasised the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday in Bel Air Rivière Riche.The Prime Minister was attending a ceremony during which keys were handed over to four beneficiaries under the National Empowerment Foundation’s (NEF) Fully Concrete House Scheme (FCHS). The event was organised to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017 celebrated annually on 17 October. The Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, and other eminent personalities were also present.In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that poverty is a complex and multi-dimensional problem. With the provision of housing units, Government aims to convey a sense of security and freedom to vulnerable groups. The construction of a maximum number of housing units is high on Government’s agenda so as to provide decent living conditions for people at the lower rung of the social ladder. This, in turn will contribute to the development of the country as well as the welfare of the citizens, he added.He highlighted that a series of measures have been implemented to enhance the quality of life of people living in underprivileged conditions. These measures include: the renovation of 1224 NHDC houses as from July 2016 to the tune of Rs 134 million; the extension of the size of new social housing units; 10% of the total number of housing units in all new projects reserved for beneficiaries of the NEF. By the end of 2019 more than 11 000 housing units will be constructed, he added.Prime Minister Jugnauth appealed to the population to take a pledge to combat poverty. The concerted efforts, sacrifices, discipline and hard work of the citizens will only promote a harmonious and equitable Mauritius, he underlined.For his part, the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, pointed out that several incentives are being provided to improve the lifestyle of vulnerable people. The purpose is to bridge the gap between poor and rich as well as alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable groups, he stated.The housing units and FCHSGovernment is making provision for two types of units namely 40 m2 and 50 m2 depending on the plot of land. This type of housing unit equipped with, amongst others, plumbing and electrical installation, septic tanks and water connection, is being financed to the tune of Rs 900 000. Beneficiaries will have to pay only 25% of the cost depending on their age. The duration of the monthly payment will lapse between 20 and 25 years depending upon the repayment capacity of the beneficiary. The construction of a first batch of 117 social housing units under the FCHS started three months ago and the completion of these units is expected by May 2018.The objective of the FCHS is to provide decent housing to eligible vulnerable families with the possibility of extension. Many eligible beneficiaries of the NEF live in housing units which are in bad conditions and deemed to be unfit. Based on an application for a housing unit and criteria set for the scheme, beneficiaries have been selected to benefit from NEF’s housing scheme. The beneficiary should be eligible under the Social Register of Mauritius, and be the owner of the plot of land; or should be a lessee of a State Land from the Ministry of Housing and Lands.
- GIS - 17 October, 2017: The Government has at heart the well-being of its citizens and conforming to this, the Ministry of Housing and Lands is working towards improving the living conditions of those who are socially disadvantaged. This in turn will help attaining development goals to scale up economic growth.The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, made this statement yesterday during a press conference held at Le Sirius, Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port-Louis.Vice-Prime Minister Soodhun highlighted his Ministry’s key achievements for the last two years and outlined major projects in the pipeline for 2018-2020. He emphasised that Government has made the welfare of the population a priority by improving the quality of life of all citizens, and in particular uplifting the status of the economically vulnerable population.Hence the need, pointed out Mr Soodhun, to bring forth a series of innovative measures in order to address key priorities such as an increase in the supply of housing units and home ownership for the economically and socially disadvantaged.He pointed out that newly built housing units under the Smart Residence project of the National Housing Development Company (NHDC), ranging from 50 m² to 60 m² and comprising of two bedrooms, have been constructed to enable families to live decently with the necessary amenities as well as social and recreational facilities. In this regard, the eligibility criteria for the NHDC housing has been extended to those earning Rs 20 000, so as to ensure that more families can benefit from this scheme, he added.On that note, Vice-Prime Minister Soodhun announced that a total of 11 206 housing units will be built by 2020 to the tune of Rs 17.2 billion. He underlined that from January 2015 to September 2017, 1 063 housing units on 35 sites at the cost Rs 1.1 billion have been built. Currently, 1 520 housing units on 26 sites are being constructed and are expected to be completed in 2018. As for 2018-2019, the construction of 2 173 housing units on 16 sites at the cost of Rs 3.5 billion is in the pipeline.Moreover, he emphasised that the project Longères Tôle at Baie du Tombeau aims to address the alarming situation of families living in deplorable conditions. To this end, Government is investing in the construction of 150 concrete housing units with the necessary amenities at the cost of Rs 225 millions.
- GIS - 17 October, 2017: The setting up of a China–Africa Civil Aviation Academy in Mauritius will address the present shortfall in training capacity in Africa as well as in the region. It will also cater for high skilled personnel which in turn will help the aviation and airport sector in the African region to grow to its full potential.This statement was made this morning by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, during his keynote address at the opening of the 27th Airports Council International (ACI) Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition which is being held from 16 to 18 October 2017 at the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre in Pailles.The Prime Minister pointed out that discussions for the setting up of the Academy are underway with the Government of the People’s Republic of China. He underlined that the Academy will not only cater for Mauritians aspiring to become aviation professionals but will also offer unique opportunities for African neighbours and for countries in the region.Furthermore, Prime Minister Jugnauth announced that as a first step to enhancing aviation training capabilities, the Airports of Mauritius Co Ltd (AML) Aviation Training Centre at the airport has recently secured the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Trainair Plus Certification and has thus joined the acclaimed international network of ICAO approved aviation training institutions.He stated that Government is continuously working towards making the national airline stronger and more resilient to face challenges ahead. He announced that the national carrier, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will be welcoming its first Airbus A350-900 this week. This is the first of six new generation aircrafts being delivered to the airline as part of its expansion and fleet renewal strategy, he said. Furthermore, he emphasised that with the additional seat capacity and other benefits offered by these modern aircrafts, Air Mauritius will be in a better position to increase its frequencies to existing destinations but also to explore new routes.Speaking about the success of good airlines which relies heavily on the effectiveness of the airports servicing them, the Prime Minister reiterated Government’s commitment to ensure that the airport and its associated infrastructure are ready to support the aspirations of the country.Several initiatives have been put in place to that end. They include: extension of the airport terminal facilities; review and update the Airport Master Plan; construction of an Integrated Clearance Centre for the prompt processing and clearance of transiting goods; implementation of the “speed to market initiative” whereby Government can cover for up to 40% of air freight costs for the export of locally manufactured products; enhancing ease of doing business and promotion of the continuous upgrading of the skills and knowledge of the workforce.For his part, the Chairman of AML, Mr Johnny Dumazel, stated that airports are drivers of growth and modernisation as well as symbols of growth. Hence the need, he said, to ensure resilience of operations and facilities. He added that airports are continuously facing challenges such as security, rapid technological evolution, high cost of developing innovative services, environment impact of operations, and airport maintenance and modernisation. These factors, he added, need to be taken into consideration when developing policies for the airport sector to be dynamic and resilient.ACI World director general, Ms Angela Gittens, reflected on the role played by airports in the socioeconomic growth of a country. Speaking about traffic volumes, Ms Gittens underlined that passenger and cargo travel processes will need to change dramatically in the near and distant future in light of projected air traffic growth.ACI World forecasts that traffic volumes will exceed 40 billion passengers and 145 million tonnes of cargo by 2029, meaning that airports, airlines and their contractors and suppliers will increasingly be challenged to optimise the use of emerging technologies, processes and design developments, she said. Airports will also need to continuously improve their service level, she concluded.The 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and ExhibitionThe Conference brings together around 500 airport industry leaders from more than 70 countries, focusing on topics of high interest shaping the way in which the airport industry is quickly evolving.Some of the Conference’s key topics include: Creating a strong security culture; Transforming the journey through technology and innovation; Connectivity and sustainable tourism; Customer experience and Airport Service Quality.The theme chosen is “Bold leadership in a time of change.” It recognises that whatever the set of changes, airports play a crucial role in the economic and social health of communities, countries, regions and the world at large, and they must craft a strategy for their sustainable development to continue providing those benefits.
- GIS – 17 October 2017: The winners of the French, English and Mauritian Creole Dictation Competitions were announced at a ceremony held today at the Municipal Hall in Port Louis. The competitions were organised by the Adult Literacy Unit of the National Women’s Council for its trainees in the context of the International Day of Literacy 2017.Shields and certificates were presented by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, to Ms Laura Sandian, Ms Soomungul Sakoontala Rampher, and Ms Bibi Nooroon Nessa Heenaye, first prize winners of the French, English and Mauritian Creole Dictation Competitions, respectively.In her address, the Minister underlined the importance of basic literacy in helping people becoming self-reliant and more independent in their daily lives. She stated that the basic literacy courses are not solely about reading, writing and numeracy but they bring together women sharing the common goal of being empowered and better able to contribute to their family welfare.The Minister deplored the socio-cultural practices where parents tend to promote the education of boys to the detriment of girls. Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo urged parents to treat girls and boys equally and reiterated her appeal to inculcate the right values in children.The prize giving ceremony was followed by the remittance of certificates to some 47 women who participated in the dictation competitions held in September 2017, and the presentation of tombola prizes. The tombola was organised to raise funds for the Rupees for Solidarity Scheme. The objectives of the Scheme are to provide immediate relief to women in distress, pending their access to other means of social aid, and to strengthen ties between women. The tombola lottery tickets had been sold to members of Women’s Associations and an amount of Rs 219 645 had been collected.International Day of Literacy 2017The International Day of Literacy, which was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation on 8 September 1965, is celebrated annually to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges.In Mauritius, the Adult Literacy Unit of the National Women’s Council, operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, runs Adult Literacy Programme to equip women, aged 16 to 80, with basic reading, writing and numeracy skills. The 88-hour programme is dispensed in English, French and Mauritian Creole in Women Empowerment Centres, Social Welfare Centres, and Community Centres. This year, some 700 women are enrolled in the programme.
- GIS - 17 October, 2017: The Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, expressed satisfaction with regard to progress achieved in connection with renovation work carried out for the setting up of the National Cooperative College (NCC) and pointed out that it represents a milestone for the cooperative sector.Minister Bholah, who was on a site visit this morning at the NCC at Bois Marchand, underlined that the College will cater for the need of creating an impetus for entrepreneurial attitude and culture of innovation which according to him need to be fostered among local entrepreneurs. He recalled that the College is being set up to provide appropriate training to potential entrepreneurs so as to boost productivity and help them operate in an efficient manner.On this score, the Minister highlighted that the NCC is a major project which is part of the various incentives, facilities and support services provided to cooperative societies to enhance their The project, for which Rs 18 million has been earmarked, is expected to be completed by January 2018. Training will be dispensed as from February 2018. propel and strengthen their development.He also underpinned the role that innovation plays in boosting the performance of enterprises. Adopting innovative approaches and practices will lead to business transformation, new markets, productivity improvement and will enable the economy to make quantum leaps, he emphasised.
- GIS – 17 October, 2017: Poverty concerns each and every citizen of the country and Government is committed to do its best to eradicate absolute poverty with the help of the private sector and NGOs. Social projects in education, health and environment sectors will help to attain Government’s objectives, which are in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.This statement was made this morning by the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Alain Wong, at the launching ceremony of the Community Working Group (CWG) for Grand-Port and Savanne districts at Holiday Inn Hotel, Plaine Magnien. This event was organised at the initiative of the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF) in the context of the celebration of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2017.The Chief Administrator of the NEF, Mr Clive Auffray; the CSR Manager of ENL Foundation, Mr. Mario Radegonde; the Group Chief Sustainability Officer of Omnicane Ltd, Mr Rajiv Ramlugon; and other personalities were also present on that occasion.In his address, Minister Wong highlighted that the main objective of the CWG is to bring all stakeholders namely the civil service as well as the public and private sectors together to brainstorm, discuss and implement projects with regards to poverty alleviation. The CWG also aims to design a plan of intervention, provide technical support and mobilise resources from stakeholders for interventions based on needs of families in Municipal Ward/Village Council Areas (MVCAs) as well as to implement projects with a holistic approach in the targeted MVCAs. Coordinating the participation of all stakeholders in the eradication of absolute poverty also falls under the mandate of CWG.The Minister underscored that the CWG will have an integrated community-based approach to service delivery for social inclusion of vulnerable families. He also pointed out that the CWG will be the implementing arm for a holistic community development approach, thus preventing any form of distorted development in different parts of the country.Mr Wong further underlined that several projects will be implemented in short and long term basis, such as recreational activities, remedial classes, renovation of kindergartens, training and placement of youth, construction of integrated social houses, and construction of nurseries for children from vulnerable families.For their part, the CSR Manager of ENL Foundation and the Group Chief Sustainability Officer of Omnicane Ltd commended the NEF for this laudable initiative and reassured their unflinching support to the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment in the fight against absolute poverty.