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  • PM meets Cardinal Piat and Most Reverend Ian Ernest to discuss the fight against drugs


    GIS - 22 August, 2016: The Bishop of Mauritius, Cardinal Maurice Piat, and the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean, Most Reverend Ian Ernest, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, this morning at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.
    In a statement following the courtesy call, Cardinal Piat said that discussions with the Prime Minister focused on the fight against drugs more particularly on prevention, rehabilitation of drug users, as well as follow-up and support.
     
    Cardinal Piat laid emphasis on the need to stop being indifferent so as to win this fight. The scourge of drugs, he said, is a national concern and all stakeholders should be on board to tackle this issue namely the government, parents, social workers and civil society. According to him, a change in attitude and policy can help eradicate this scourge.
     
    He also highlighted the need to change our perceptions as regards drug users since, he said, they are sick people and not criminals. The drug scourge, he added, is a health and not a criminal issue. Speaking about detainees, he recalled that 80% of those in prisons are drug users adding that it is necessary to put at their disposal rehabilitation facilities.
     
    For his part, Most Reverend Ian Ernest pointed out that the Council of Religions is also very much concerned with this national issue and is intensifying its fight against drugs. He expressed his appreciation for the promptness of the Prime Minister to meet them while adding that the meeting with Mr Pravind Jugnauth was very cordial.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • Winners of Intergeneration programme - essay competition announced


    GIS – 22 August 2017: The national first prize winner of the essay competition on Intergenerational solidarity organised by the Senior Citizens Council, which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, is Ms Pallavi Rengasamy of Mohun Parsad Sharma Jugdambi State Secondary School, Goodlands.
    The cash prize of Rs 10,000 was presented to the winner by the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, at a prize giving ceremony held today at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre in Bell Village. The second prize of Rs 7,000 was bagged by Ms Saima Durghohee of Mahatma Gandhi Secondary School Nouvelle France while Ms Bibi Sadiyah Deelawore from Bel Air State Secondary School was the third prize winner and granted Rs 5,000.
     
    In his address on the occasion, the Minister commended the Senior Citizens Council for its string of activities designed to keep the elderly busy and productive. The Council organises, throughout the year, an array of events such as dancing, drama, quiz competition, storytelling, camping, seminars, and other leisure activities for its members. “It is important for the elderly not to be cut off from society or idle, and I salute the key role of the Senior Citizens Council in creating a net that engages more and more people,” stressed Mr Sinatambou.
     
    According to the Minister, an ageing population may represent an enormous challenge in terms of economic, health and fiscal implications but it is also an indicator of the level of development of a nation. He stated that the growing number of elderly shows that there is an increase in life expectancy which, in turn, denotes a better quality of life for the Mauritian population.
     
    Speaking on the various measures being implemented by Government to modernise the country and enhance the quality of life for every citizen, Mr Sinatambou pointed out that the forthcoming Metro Express project will provide a mass transit system, beneficial for all, including the elderly. He also talked of the Community Empowerment Project whereby IT assistants are deployed in various post offices across the country to empower retirees, the unemployed, the disabled, widows and orphans to use ICT and access online information and facilities.
     
    Essay Competition – Intergenerational Solidarity
     
    Lower VI students from 18 public and private secondary schools participated in the essay competition held in May 2017. The objectives were to sensitise young people on the issue of ageing and promote the concept of intergenerational solidarity.
     
    All participating students were awarded a token, and authors of the best essay from each school received a cash prize of Rs 2,000.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@mail.gov.mu.mu Website:http://gis.gov.mu
  • Bilateral cooperation - Mauritius and China Explore New Avenues of Cooperation


    GIS - 21 August, 2017: Mauritius and China will explore new avenues of cooperation in technical training, traditional Chinese medicine, civil aviation and pharmaceutical production. This in turn will help to further strengthen the existing relationship that Mauritius and China share.  

    This possibility was evoked during a working session between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Sun Gongyi, held last week in Port-Louis. 
    Enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries and creating new avenues of economic, political and cultural exchange were also discussed during the meeting.

    Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo highlighted that various projects in collaboration with the Chinese Government are in the pipeline. They include the setting up of an Academy of Civil Aviation in Mauritius, for which discussions regarding the modalities of the project before its final implementation are ongoing; boosting the medical sector with the setting up of a pharmaceutical village in view of producing drugs to export mainly to African markets and allowing a transfer of Chinese know-how in traditional medicine.
     
    During the working session, he reiterated that Mauritius wants to develop its capacities in Chinese traditional medicine in view of enhancing its services in medical tourism. These services would also be extended in local hospitals, he added. 

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    underscored that Mauritius looks forward to Chinese expertise in order to strengthen the labour force in the construction sector.  On that note, he underlined the need of having a skilled workforce equipped with new skills in the building industry so as to move to a new stage of development.
     
    According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the meeting was also an opportunity to take stock of the new ventures in terms of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Establishing new areas of cooperation will greatly contribute to modernise the local economy, he added.
     
    For his part, Ambassador Gongyi underlined that the longstanding friendship that exists between Mauritius and China has been translated into a very enriching economic and political cooperation.  
    The Ambassador underscored that the finalisation of a forthcoming free trade agreement between the two countries should open up new avenues of trade and investment. This will enable Mauritius to position itself as a business platform in the China-Africa corridor, he added. 
     
    He further underlined that projects such as the Bagatelle Dam and the Multisport Complex are just few concrete examples of the longstanding cooperation between the two countries. 
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • Mauritius and Burkina Faso to embark in reinforcing bilateral relations


    GIS - 21 August, 2017: Mauritius and Burkina Faso will embark towards steering the existing bilateral and multilateral relations in view of boosting and giving a fresh impetus to the economic cooperation between the two countries.
     
    This was at the fore of discussions on 18 August 2017 during a courtesy call by the newly appointed Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Mauritius based in Pretoria, Mrs Salamata Sawadogo/Tapsoba, on the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
     
    In a statement, Mrs Salamata Sawadogo/Tapsoba expressed her willingness to carry forward the agreed determination of collaboration discussed with Prime Minister Jugnauth to give a new dimension to the economic relations for the mutual benefits of both countries.
     
    The Ambassador also conveyed her sincere gratitude on behalf of the President and Prime Minister of Burkina Faso to Prime Minister Jugnauth for his support to Burkina Faso who has been recently hit by terror attacks. Moreover, she underlined that Prime Minister Jugnauth also expressed recognition towards Burkina Faso for having supported Mauritius on the Chagos Archipelago issue.  
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org
  • National Transport Authority issues stern warning against illegal transport operators and their passengers


    GIS – 21 August 2017: The Road Transport Commissioner at the National Transport Authority (NTA), Dr Koshik Reesaul, announced during a press conference on 18 August 2017 in Cassis on unlawful operation of vehicles that the NTA in collaboration with the Police Force will ensure strict enforcement of the law and that actions will henceforth be taken not only against illegal transport operators but also their passengers. 
    “Traffic regulations will be made more stringent to fine passengers travelling in the unlicensed vehicles,” he said, adding that traffic wardens have identified and established a list of illegal operators who are being constantly monitored. Presently, passengers using those illegal means of transport are taken to Police Stations where their statements are recorded.
    According to Dr Reesaul, the re-engineering of bus routes and a survey of taxi operators are being undertaken in a bid to decrease the number of unauthorised transport providers and offer adequate transport facilities to commuters.
     
    The Road Commissioner also recalled that licensed operators are required to display on their contract vehicles the relevant stickers so that illegal operators can be easily identified. He pointed out that since the beginning of crackdown on unlawful operation of vehicles in December 2016, the 40 team-member of the NTA inspectorate has established some 1,243 contraventions. The contraventions concerned public transport operations, taxis, free travel and roadside checks on vehicles.
     
    Also present at the press conference, Chief Inspector of Police Bijaye Rambhursy from the Police Traffic Branch announced that from January to June 2017, the Police had issued 750 contraventions against illegal transport operators and will continue to take hard action for this offence. He moreover strongly advised the public to refrain from using these illegal means of transport for their own safety and security. The Chief Inspector also explained that passengers boarding private vehicles that operate illegally are not covered by insurance if any incident occurs, and that licenses are only handed out to taxi operators after a background check for conviction of any crime.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@mail.gov.mu.mu Website:http://gis.gov.mu
     
  • Newly appointed Mauritian Ambassador to France meets Prime Minister


    GIS21 August 2017: The newly appointed Mauritian Ambassador to  France, Mr Vijayen Valaydon, 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 18 August 2017 at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.  Mr Valaydon will be taking office on 1st September 2017 at the Mauritius’ Embassy in Paris.
     
    In a statement following the meeting, Mr Valaydon thanked the Prime Minister for having conferred him such a great responsibility and placed his trust in him to better serve Mauritius.  There are major challenges that await the country as well as priorities which include maintaining our already excellent diplomatic ties with France, promoting Mauritius’ image and attracting more investors, he highlighted.
     
    Mauritius and France share strong and friendly ties which have continuously been reinforced over the years.  The various cooperation Agreements between both countries and high-level visits by personalities have led to a special dimension to these solid relations.
     
    The accession of Mauritius to Independence on 12 March 1968 saw the establishment of diplomatic relations with France based on common and universal values and mutual respect.
     
    The newly appointed Mauritian Ambassador to France has pursued his tertiary education in Strasbourg (two years) and Paris (five years), and is the Ag. Deputy Director General of the Université des Mascareignes.
     
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website: http://gis.govmu.org
  • Slave Route Project: International Meeting to be held in Mauritius in November


    GIS - 18 August, 2017: Mauritius will host, in November 2017, the Meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Slave Route Project.  A conference on slavery will be also held.
    The main objectives of the Slave Route Project are to break the silence and make universally known the subject of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean and the Mediterranean regions, with its causes and modalities.
     
    The other goals are also to highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from the history of slave trade and contribute to a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the construction of new identities and citizenships.
     
    The Slave Route is an intercultural project administered, coordinated and monitored by the UNESCO’s Department of Intercultural Dialogue and Pluralism for a Culture of Peace to gain better understanding of the transatlantic slave trade in the 18th century.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • Maisons des Pêcheurs receive Rs 3.5 million for renovation purposes


    GIS - 18 August 2017: A total of Rs 3.5 million has been allocated for the renovation of the three Maisons des Pêcheurs located at Tamarin, Cap Malheureux and Mahébourg respectively. This decision follows discussions with the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. The objective is to provide support and the necessary facilities to the various fishermen cooperative societies into commercialising their fish catch.
    This statement was made yesterday by the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, during a site visit at the Maison des Pêcheurs of Tamarin whereby he stated that renovation works will start at the Maison des Pêcheurs of Tamarin.
    He highlighted the need to give a boost to the existing Maisons des Pêcheurs and recalled that the fishermen community is already benefiting from various schemes among which the acquisition of semi-industrial vehicles as announced in budget 2017-2018. He further underlined that the three Maisons des Pêcheurs, which are under the responsibility of his Ministry, were put at the avail of the Mauritius Fishermen’s Cooperative Federation (MFCF) since 1970 with the objective to provide the fishermen cooperatives with the various amenities to store and transform their fish catch into value-added fish products and its derivatives.
    The Minister also pointed out that the MFCF will be empowered to provide better assistance to the different fishermen’s cooperative societies. The Federation will also have the possibility of setting up joint ventures with other stakeholders so as to acquire the necessary expertise and continuous training, added Mr Bholah. The joint ventures, he said, will subsequently enable the Maisons des Pêcheurs to commercialise value-added fish products more easily in order to generate maximum revenue possible.
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • PM reiterates Government’s commitment to support most vulnerable citizens


    GIS - 18 August 2017: Government’s commitment to ease the life of the needy and provide for families at the bottom of the economic ladder was reiterated by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, yesterday at the unveiling ceremony of a new housing concept in Cottage.
    Spelling out the actions of Government to resolve the housing problems for poor and low income families, the Prime Minister stressed the necessity not only to provide decent home for vulnerable citizens of society, but also to give them dignity and improve their quality of life.
     
    “Thus,” recalled Mr Jugnauth, “in 2015, some 1,016 National Housing Development Company Ltd (NHDC) housing units to the tune of Rs 1 billion were delivered to beneficiaries while 1,314 are currently under construction.” He added that a sum of Rs 1.8 billion has been earmarked in the 2017-2018 Budget for the construction of social housing units, and an additional amount of Rs 7.5 billion will be spent between 2018 and 2020 to build 5,000 units.
     
    Other measures enumerated by Mr Jugnauth include the review of the income eligibility criteria for social housing schemes, and the introduction of the negative income tax system which will cost about Rs 1.3 billion to provide financial support to some 150,000 employees with monthly salary of less than Rs 10,000.
     
    The Prime Minister also detailed Government’s vision to bring Mauritius to a new level of development through a series of infrastructure projects geared at improving the socio-economic circumstances of the country. These are namely: a new transport system with the Metro Express project; a state-of-the-art sports complex in Côte d’Or; a new airport terminal to cater for growth in the tourism sector; the adoption of a Port Master Plan comprising the development of a marina, a cruise ship terminal, and a new headquarters for the National Coast Guard; the replacement of water pipes so that by 2019 water is available to 80% of all households 24/7; and a capital grant of Rs 500 million to local authorities and Rs 1 billion to the National Development Unit for infrastructural works.
     
    The imperative to protect citizens from drug trafficking and its collateral damages was moreover underlined by the Prime Minister. He dwelt on his unflinching resolve to put a stop to drug trafficking, and on the subsequent strong actions in recent months such as the increase in the number of seizures of drugs and drug money, and arrests of drug traffickers.
     
    Also present at the ceremony, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun, recalled the integrated approach being implemented by the NHDC to improve living conditions of the vulnerable families. He stated that the new housing concept presented at Cottage is part of the endeavour to give families a safe, secure and harmonious environment. As part of the concept, the size of housing units will now be 50 m2, instead of 39 m2, with individual yard and equipped with the relevant facilities, and the provision of other amenities on the housing estates like a children’s playground and a petanque court.
     
    The Vice-Prime Minister talked of other initiatives undertaken such as the relocation of squatters at La Ferme in the context of the rehabilitation of the reservoir, rehabilitation works on NHDC housing estates, and the on-going Roof Slab Grant Scheme to enable families to complete the construction of their house.
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@mail.gov.mu.mu Website:http://gis.gov.mu
  • MoU signed between Prison Service and MITD for renewed collaboration


    GIS - 18 August, 2017:  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at consolidating the collaboration between the Mauritius Prisons Service (MPS) and the Mauritius Institute for Training and Development (MITD) was signed yesterday at the MITD House in Phoenix. The signatories were the Chairman of the MITD Board, Mr François de Grivel, and the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr Premananda Appadoo.
    The responsibilities of the MITD, through the MoU, are to assist the MPS in developing training programmes, secure MQA accreditation, register for courses and trainers, run courses, conduct examinations, ensure quality assurance through monitoring of courses, provide resource persons to deliver specific topics, issue exam results / certificates, and train the trainers of MPS.
    In his address, the Chairman of the MITD Board, Mr François de Grivel, underlined that the MITD, as a responsible organisation contributing to the betterment of the society, is fully engaged in reforming prison inmates who are undergoing their respective sentences at the Mauritius Prisons.
    This reform, he said, is being carried out through the provision of TVET courses which have proven to rehabilitate prisoners by equipping them with the necessary skills or training to function as law-abiding citizens upon their reintegration in society. The effect of TVET on recidivism can be attributed to the fact that it provides an ex-offender with a ready means for earning a living through employment. Indirectly, employment helps reintegration into the society as the ex-offender is able to bypass negative attitudes and contribute meaningfully to the society, he added.
    For his part, the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr Premananda Appadoo, highlighted that training of detainees is a major component of the rehabilitation process in prisons while adding that a significant amount of resources is used in imparting knowledge and equipping detainees with skills in a bid to break the offending cycle.
    He recalled that since 2002, the training of detainees was given more thrust when the MITD/MQA approved courses were implemented in the training curriculum. Our Vocational Training Centre emerged as a ‘Tremplin’ in the social re-integration of released detainees and from 2002, the Tremplin Vocational Training Centre is spearheading four MITD/MQA approved courses namely welding, garment making, wood trade and pastry, he added.
    The Commissioner of Prisons pointed out that some 213 detainees and 11 officers have already undergone training in these four courses. According to him, the training programmes addresses the needs of both men and women while recalling that participants came out first at national level in welding and garment making on several occasions.
    Mr Appadoo expressed the wish for a greater number of detainees to benefit from vocational training in particular those with high illiteracy rates and short sentenced detainees. He appealed to the MITD to consider second chance learning, the Recognition of Prior Learning, attendance courses and training for juveniles. 
    Training programmes for the MPS
    A series of training programmes are being run by the MITD for the MPS. They are: National Trade Certificate (NTC) 3 in Welding for 107 detainees and three prison officers; National Certificate (NC3) in Wood Trade for 23 detainees; NC3 in Garment Making for female detainees of Beau Bassin, among which  41 prisoners and 7 prison officers were the recipients of the course; NC3 in Pastry for 29 detainees of Petit Verger Prison, 13 female detainees of Beau Bassin, 24 detainees of Melrose Prison and one prison officer; NC3 in Housekeeping to 15 prison officers; NC3 in Hairdressing to13 female detainees; and Train the Trainer programme for a batch of 21 prison officers. A series of tailor-made programmes were also mounted in Farming, Basketry, Shoemaking, Vegetable Production in Green House for detainees.
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • Indentured Labour Route Project: Mauritius to host first meeting of the International Scientific Committee


    GIS – 17 August 2017: Mauritius will host the first Meeting of the International Scientific Committee for the Indentured Labour Route Project from 30 October to 1st November 2017.
    The main objectives of the Meeting are to ratify the Terms of Reference of the Committee, establish priority projects, and examine proposals from the working groups.
     
    Participants from Fiji, Guyana, India, Madagascar, Malaysia, Reunion Island, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom and Yemen will attend.
     
    The Indentured Labour Route Project is being led by Mauritius and includes the 26 countries where indentured labourers were sent to.  It is in line with the existing Slave Route Project initiated by the UNESCO and the General History of Africa.
     
    The Project will contribute to a better understanding of the dynamics of the movement of different people and cultures during that period and highlight various global transformations and culture interactions that have taken place.  It will also help to connect people, foster research, disseminate information on Indentured Labour as an international phenomenon and set up collaborative programmes that will promote the history of Indentured Labour worldwide.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • SADC Day 2017: SADC Chairperson stresses importance of industrialisation for the region


    GIS - 17 August, 2017: The SADC region continues to enjoy relative peace and stability as our citizens and political leaders continue to resolve their differences amicably through contact and dialogue, recognising that we are bound by common history, shared ancestry and above all, a common future as brothers and sisters.
    This is at the gist of the message of His Majesty, King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Chairperson of SADC on the occasion of SADC Day 2017, celebrated annually on 17 August in SADC Member States.
    The Chairperson of SADC acknowledged that in the past few years we have endeavoured to accelerate the pace of regional integration by reviewing the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), reviewing the strategic plan for the organ, development of a regional infrastructure master plan for all infrastructure projects which was adopted in 2012 and development  of the SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap (2015 -2063) in 2015 and its costed action plan adopted by the recent extra-ordinary SADC summit in March, 2017. 
    King Mswati III underlined the importance of industrialising the SADC region which has been emphasised in many forums. This calls for fast action in ensuring that SADC macroeconomic policy environment is improved, developing capabilities and capacities to underpin transformation and strengthening competitive production, the need to remove infrastructural impediments to industrialization and identifying key value chains for the global markets, he underscored.
    He added that infrastructure development in the process of industrialisation is very important and is required to support regional integration as well.
    The Chairperson of SADC recalled that in this regard, for the 36th ordinary SADC summit in 2016, the Kingdom of Eswatini decided to present the theme to promote and work on resource mobilisation by engaging international, regional and national investors and financial institutions to invest in sustainable energy infrastructure for industrialisation.  
    He emphasised that SADC is now engaging to explore alternative options and innovative approaches of sustainable financing and broadening the resource base to achieve our goals for regional integration. 
    King Mswati III underpinned that it is his hope that by 2063, in line with the SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap 2015-2063 as well as the agenda 2063 of the African Union, the SADC region’s industrial landscape will completely be different from what it is at present.  He underscored that SADC is opening her wings wider to create markets for our people to trade and develop in the COMESA and EAC markets hence the launching of the SADC-COMESA-EAC free trade area in 2015 during the 3rd tripartite summit in Egypt. 
    The SADC Chairperson expressed his satisfaction and pride that the SADC region continues to enjoy relative peace and stability. Peace and security in the SADC region is at the top of the priorities because we recognize that without it the process of development and regional development will always be stalled, he stressed. This continues to be witnessed as we have just seen that the kingdom of Lesotho held the national elections peacefully and as SADC we will continue to support them to ensure lasting peace, security and political stability for the Basotho nation, he added.
    King Mswati III pointed out that while our SADC region continues to be peaceful and stable, on the social and economic front there have been few other potential issues that requires regional and national preventative and mitigation measures. These are food, water and energy insecurity, transnational drugs, human trafficking, smuggling, money laundering, cyber security and climate change and environmental degradation to mention just a few, he recalled. 
    The Chairperson of SADC announced that in this regard, Member States will continue to strengthen the regional and national early warning centres on the need to exchange information and data through secure communication infrastructure. Through this initiative SADC will be able to respond quickly to any disaster as was observed in the management of the outbreak of the fall armyworm in the SADC region.  
    Referring to the challenges of unemployment especially among our youths in the region, he appealed that there need to be tackled through a concerted effort from all sectors to empower them. The industrialisation process in SADC should be inclusive to involve the youth as well as women so that they can benefit directly from the process of economic and technological transformation, he further added. 
    The Chairperson emphasised that one of the strategies to involve the youth is through SADC education and training programmes especially vocational skills in the fields of science, technology and innovation which are relevant and key for industries. He stressed that education is key to capacity development and for SADC to graduate to a competitive knowledge-based economy high level specialisations will be crucial, notably tertiary education and specialisations in science and engineering disciplines. 
    He also mentioned that preparations for the establishment of the SADC University of transformation are progressing well as it is aimed at enhancing the human capital of the SADC region in the areas of technical and vocational education and training, innovation and delivering graduates who are empowered with requisite skills for the industrial development. 
    His majesty, King Mswati III and Chairperson of SADC of the Kingdom of Swaziland concluded by stating that in order to make sure that our people live in a better environment that will create conducive standards of living whilst promoting prosperity and inclusive growth for our citizens. We should be mindful of the vision of the SADC founding fathers and thrive to work towards “the SADC we want”.
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  • Mauritius Police Force acquires new patrol vessel CGS Valiant


    GIS - 17 August, 2017: As a major step to keep up with the rapid technological advancements in the field of maritime surveillance, a new state-of-the-art ship, CGS Valiant has been acquired by the Mauritius Police Force/National Coast Guard (NCG). 
    The commissioning ceremony was held yesterday at Quay A in Port Louis in the presence of the Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, and the Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Rodrigues, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, and other eminent personalities.
     
    In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that the acquisition of CGS Valiant is yet another milestone in the upgrading of the operational capability of the NCG and in the country’s long journey towards enhancing maritime safety and security, especially in the combat against poaching of our marine and fish resources, illicit activities in our seas, including drug trafficking and other types of transnational crimes.
     
    Speaking about the development of the ocean economy, the Prime Minister underscored that it will entail the transformation of Port Louis into a modern hub such as increased economic activities in our seas, increased tourist arrivals, more cruise activities, the setting up of marinas, expansion of the fisheries sector and more research at sea. These developments will also come with increasing challenges to maritime security and law and order, he added.
     
    Prime Minister Jugnauth emphasised that the commissioning of CGS Valiant is part of a strategy to build up the capability of the National Coast Guard on a three-pronged approach of detection, deterrence and interception while at the same time, the NCG must be able to protect people at sea with state-of-the-art capabilities in search and rescue.
     
    Recognising the need to address challenges on the maritime front, the Prime Minister recalled that in the past two years, Government has made crucial investments to further upgrade the capabilities of the NCG. These include: the commissioning of Coast Guard Ship Barracuda in March 2015; the induction in March 2016 of ten Fast Interceptor Boats; the commissioning of a new Dornier Aircraft; the commissioning in December 2016 of CGS Victory and two Chetak helicopters; and the forthcoming setting up of a new Headquarters of NCG at Fort William; upgrading of repair facilities for the NCG vessels; and the construction of a dry docking facility with flotilla support services.
     
    For his part, the Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), Mr Shekhar Mittal, said that the induction of CGS Valiant will considerably enhance the Exclusive Economic Zone surveillance and patrolling capabilities of the NCG while adding that the state-of-the art ship will act as force multiplier for the NCG.
     
    Mr Mittal pointed out that the CGS Valiant has been delivered four months ahead of the contractual schedule of August 2017, within 23 months of keel laying, which he said is in line with the track record of GSL in the recent times of timely deliveries. This shows the dedication and commitment of all the stakeholders involved, he said.
     
    CGS Valiant
     
    CGS Valiant, built by Goa Shipyard Limited, is equipped with state-of-the art machineries and equipment. The 50 m patrol vessel displaces about 288 tons in full load condition capable of attaining a maximum speed of 35 Knots.
     
    At economical cruising speed, it has an endurance of about 2,000 nautical miles and can provide certain outer island support as well. The ship is installed with modern navigation systems, advanced machinery control system and one Close Range Naval Gun Mount along with an optical fire control system for day and night usage. CGS Valiant is the seventh ship of the No 1 Patrol Vessel Squadron of the NCG of Mauritius.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
  • Good Governance Minister Urges Youth to Enhance their Skills as Investors


    GIS - 17 August, 2017: The award ceremony of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius Young Investor competition 2017, was held yesterday at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Réduit in presence of the Minister of Financial Services, Good Governance and Institutional Reforms, Mr Dharmendar Sesungkur and other eminent personalities. This year’s winners are Team B of Bel Air State Secondary School.
     
    In his keynote address on the occasion, Minister Sesungkur underlined that the outstanding performance of the winning teams show that the young generation has the potential and talent to be successful investors and cultivating their skills is hence imperative.
     
    He highlighted that through this annual competition, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius contributes effectively in encouraging financial literacy among young students. He emphasised that Government is promoting the financial services sector to become one of the most important pillars of the economy.
     
    Minister Sesungkur underscored that such a competition helps to inculcate an investment culture among students which correlates with Government’s ambition of making the country a State of investors. The programme helps to trigger the interest of students in the financial sector and prompts them to pursue higher studies and professional careers in this sector of the economy, he added.
     
    He concluded by stressing that this initiative offers an avenue for youths to partake in hands on activities to develop investment skills by giving them an opportunity to understand the operational aspects of the stock market and experience how to invest in real life environment while promoting a sense of team spirit and other important skills for professional success.
      
    SEM Young Investor Award 2017
     
    The competition, at its 25th edition this year, is a joint initiative of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, the National Mutual Fund, MCB Group and AON Hewiff Ltd. The programme spanning over a period of three months, gives the participants an opportunity as extracurricular activity and learn in practice about investing and experiencing training as an investor on the stock exchange.
     
    Some 1040 secondary students of lower six from 104 colleges and divided in 204 teams participated in the competition this year. The winners excelled in three criteria: Portfolio performance, financial investment plan analysis and financial investment report analysis. The different winners were awarded cash prizes, trophies, and traineeships, amongst others.
     
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
     
  • Mauritius to host African Union Commission’s Experts Meetings


    GIS - 16 August, 2017: The African Union Commission will hold the following two Experts Meetings in Mauritius during the period 28 August to 2 September 2017.

    The first Expert Meeting will focus on the implementation mechanism of the Draft Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons. Its main objective is to develop a roadmap and to establish a task force to guide the African Union Commission on the implementation strategies.

    The second one will focus on the finalisation of the Draft Protocol on Statelessness in Africa for submission to the Specialised Technical Committee on Legal and Judicial Affairs.
    Some 240 delegates are expected to attend the Meetings.
    Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org