CABINET DECISIONS – 10
1. Cabinet has agreed to
the introduction of the Criminal Code (Amendment) Bill into the National
Assembly. The object of the Bill is to
amend the Criminal Code to criminalise, inter alia, the production or distribution
of an article, an object or a document that conveys misleading information
about, or misrepresents, the sovereignty of Mauritius over any part of its
2. Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Courts (Amendment)
Bill into the National Assembly. The object of the Bill is to amend the Courts
Act for –
(a) the setting up, within the Supreme Court, of a Financial
Crimes Division and a Land Division;
(b) the setting up, within the Intermediate Court, of a Financial
Crimes Division; and
(c) enabling the Chief Justice to set up, within the Supreme
Court and the Intermediate Court, such other divisions as he thinks fit for the
despatch of civil business and criminal business.
3. Cabinet has agreed
to the introduction of the Mon Choisy-Cap Malheureux Road Overhead Pedestrian
Bridge (Authorised Construction) Bill into the National Assembly. The object of the Bill is to authorise
Merville Ltd to construct an overhead pedestrian bridge across the Mon
Choisy-Cap Malheureux Road (B13 Road) in the context of a development project
under the Invest Hotel Scheme.
has taken note that the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development
would promulgate the Freeport (Amendment of Schedule) Regulations 2020 in order
to further promote freeport trade and to position Mauritius as a logistics,
marketing and distribution hub in the region.
Two new Freeport zones are being declared at RicheTerre.
5. Cabinet has agreed to
the Office of Public Sector Governance (OPSG) conducting nine reviews, in
Ministries and Departments, for period July to December 2020, in line with the
recent measures announced in the Budget Speech 2020/2021, where emphasis has
been laid on the need to improve the management of public funds to ensure its
6. Cabinet has agreed to the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development
and Training making Regulations with a view to giving an extension to the
Redundancy Board to complete its proceedings by 31 August 2020, at latest, in
view of the fact that the Redundancy Board could not operate after its setting
up due to the confinement period.
7. Cabinet has taken note of the arrangements being made for the temporary
relocation of existing amenities, namely at Quatre-Bornes and Curepipe, in view
of the implementation of the Urban Terminal Projects.
8. Cabinet has taken note of the
actions being taken by the Ministry of Labour, Human Resource Development and
Training in the context of manpower planning for the construction sector. For the years 2016-2019, around 5,000
trainees have been trained by the Mauritius Institute of Training and
Development (MITD) in various areas of the construction industry. The MITD
would conduct a Tracer Study and find out the number of persons available for
employment. The Ministry would proceed
with the Recognition of Prior Learning in collaboration with MITD and the
Mauritius Qualifications Authority.
The MITD and the
Human Resource Development Council would also mount short courses under the
National Skills Development Programme for all jobseekers willing to enter the
construction industry. Employers in the construction sector would be invited to
participate in the Sectoral Skills Development Scheme for upskilling of
9. Cabinet has taken note of the policy recommendations made in the National
Population Policy (2019-2030) which has been prepared by the Ministry of Health
and Wellness in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and with the technical
assistance of the United Nations Population Fund. The National Population Policy makes an
assessment of the past, present and future population trends of Mauritius and
analyses the social demographic transitions of Mauritius from high levels of
fertility and mortality in the 1950s to low mortality and fertility levels at
present. The linkages between population
dynamics, quality of life and sustainable development are also analysed.
The Ministry of Health
and Wellness would hold a workshop on 13 July 2020, in the context of World
Population Day, with relevant stakeholders to disseminate the National
Committee has been set up under the chair of the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister
of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology to look into the
policy recommendations and work an Implementation Plan.
10. Cabinet has taken note of
the activities being organised to mark World Population Day 2020, celebrated on
11 July, including –
(a) a two-day workshop for youth and service
providers by the Mauritius Family Planning and Welfare Association, in
collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness;
(b) radio and TV programmes to sensitise the
community on the issues of women and girls’ health; and
(c) electronic display of the theme for this
year: ‘Putting the breaks on COVID-19: how
to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now’ at all Municipal
11. Cabinet has
taken note of the status of implementation of activities under the SWITCH Africa Green project. The SWITCH Africa Green project is a
partnership developed and funded by the European Union to support African
countries in their transition to an inclusive green economy and in promoting a
shift to Sustainable Consumption and Production patterns and practices. Three sectors of intervention were identified
in 2014 for Mauritius, namely Agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism.
has taken note of the constitution
of the National Blood Advisory Committee with Dr Rajendranath Goordoyal,
Regional Health Director, as Chairperson.
13. Cabinet has taken note of the
reconstitution of –
Clinical Research Regulatory Council with Dr Pierrot Chitson, Private
Consultant Physician as Chairperson;
Ethics Committee with Mr Dinay Reetoo, Principal State Counsel as Chairperson;
Pharmacovigilance Committee with Dr Teewaree Roupesh Jaggeshar,
Specialist/Senior Specialist General Medicine as Chairperson.
14. Cabinet has taken note of the
reconstitution of the Board of the Mauritius Museums Council with Mr Somduth
Dulthumun as Chairperson.