CABINET DECISIONS – 17
1. Cabinet has agreed to the introduction
of the Real Estate Agent Authority Bill into the National Assembly. The object of the Bill is to provide for the
establishment of the Real Estate Agent Authority in order to regulate and
control the business activities of real estate agents, including business
activities of land promoters and property developers. The Bill has been rendered necessary with a
view to -
(a) promoting transparency, accountability
and integrity in the business activities of real estate agents, including
business activities of land promoters and property developers;
(b) protecting and assisting persons engaged
in real estate transactions with real estate agents, including land promoters
and property developers; and
(c) ensuring further compliance with
recommended international best practices and norms for combatting money
laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation.
Accordingly, the Authority will –
(a) register real estate agents, including
land promoters and property developers;
(b) exercise and maintain discipline in the
business activities of real estate agents, including business activities of
land promoters and property developers; and
(c) cooperate with the Financial Intelligence
Unit under the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act and other
relevant public sector agencies to assist in the detention and prevention of
money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation within the
real estate sector.
2. Cabinet has taken note of the situation
pertaining to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures being taken to contain
the pandemic and avoid any resurgence. No
local case has been detected in Mauritius since 26 April 2020 and there are two
active imported cases who are currently under treatment at the New ENT Hospital.
3. Cabinet has agreed to the promulgation
of the Declaration of Assets (Extension of Time During COVID-19 Period)
Regulations 2020. The Regulations would extend the time
frame imposed under the Declaration of Assets Act to allow declarants to fulfil
their legal obligations.
4. Cabinet has agreed to amendments being
made to the Road Traffic legislation to provide for the following –
of the validity period of the licence from March 2021 to March 2026 for holders
of a provisional driving licence for auto/motorcycles obtained prior to March
(b) changes in the
driving tests of competence for autocycles;
of electric cycles below 250 watts in the Police Bicycle Index; and
of the electric motorcycles in the existing types of motorcycles according to
different power output for the issue of driving licences.
5. Cabinet has taken note that the Insolvency (Extension
of Time during COVID-19 Period) Regulations 2020 would be promulgated by the
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development. The Regulations are being made in the context
of the COVID-19 period to provide for extension of time for the Administrator
to convene a watershed meeting and for the deed administrator to execute the
Deed of Company Arrangement when a company is facing insolvency.
has taken note that the Minister of National Infrastructure and Community
Development would promulgate the Construction Industry Development Board
(Registration of Consultants and Contractors) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 to
enable Joint Venture Contractors undertake construction works of higher
contract values and the Construction Industry Development Board (Appeal Fee)
(Amendment) Regulations 2020.
7. Cabinet has agreed to the payment of an
allowance under the Wage Assistance Scheme and the Self-Employed Assistance
Scheme to workers and self-employed individuals in the tourism sector for the
month of July 2020.
8. Cabinet has
agreed to the Report of the High Level Committee of Experts to review the Law
Practitioners Act and other Legal Enactments concerning the Legal Profession in
Mauritius being made public for comments from all stakeholders.
has taken note of
the status of projects undertaken to mitigate flood in regions that have been
determined and certified as high risk and flood-prone by the Land Drainage
Authority as at 30 June 2020. Following
the vulnerability assessment of the regions, the Land Drainage Authority has,
as at 30 June 2020, determined and certified 36 areas as high risk and
flood-prone where life or the quality of life or environment may be seriously
compromised in the event of a downpour.
10. Cabinet has taken note of the funding by
the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) of 26 projects aimed at
improving and accelerating the Government’s response to the challenges posed by
the COVID-19 pandemic and eventually contribute to counter the impact thereof
as well as planning beyond this deadly scourge.
The MRIC launched a Special Call for Proposals on 4 April 2020 inviting
entrepreneurs, academics, researchers, enterprises and start-ups to come up
with short and medium-term projects aimed at helping the country to deal with
the challenges posed by this unprecedented situation, both on the economic and
social fronts. Seven out of the 26 projects relate to the area of Social and
Policy measures and the remaining ones relate to Technology-based products and
services. The Council would organise an event on 30 July 2020 and the project
awardees would be invited to present their proposals and to elaborate on the
intended outcomes and benefits thereof.
11. Cabinet has agreed to the categorisation
of National Sports Federations and Sports Organisations in order to optimise
the disbursement of Government grants.
National Sports Federations and Sports Organisations for both Olympic
and non-Olympic sports disciplines are being categorised, level-wise, according
to their performance at international benchmark competitions. The categories,
in order of precedence, are as follows –
Additionally, the National Sports Federations
and Sports Organisations would be categorised under one of these four
categories based on the type of sports discipline that they represent, namely
Individual sport, Combat sport, Racket sport and Team sport.
National Sports Federations and Sports
Organisations would be provided with a baseline funding for the development and
promotion of their respective disciplines locally. The Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and
Recreation would conduct an annual review of the categorisation based on the
performance of the National Sports Federations and Sports Organisations.
12. Cabinet has taken note that the price of
live cattle for the forthcoming Eid-Ul-Adha festival has been fixed at Rs136.50
13. Cabinet has agreed to postpone the
carrying out of the Housing and Population Census to the year 2022 instead of
2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
14. Cabinet has taken note that the Minister
of Gender Equality and Family Welfare and the European Union (EU) Ambassador
recently co-chaired the 3rd High Level EU-Mauritius Policy Dialogue
on Gender. The agenda of this year’s
High Level Policy Dialogue was -
(a) key recommendations of the Vice President
of CEDAW for concrete actions to be taken by Government; and
(b) social, economic and political measures
to address Gender-Based Violence to attain gender equality
Policy Dialogue took stock of the implementation of the EU-Mauritius
partnership for gender equality, with emphasis on protecting women against
violence especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of systemic improvements and
interventions were highlighted. An
Observatory on Gender-Based Violence would be set up to generate accurate
statistics. The Gender Focal Points from
several Ministries intervened to state the progress made in achieving Gender
Equality in relation with the Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 - Achieve
Gender Equality and empower all Women and Girls, in their respective
has taken note that the Public Officers’ Welfare Council
(POWC) would hold the 27th Edition of the Civil Service Kermesse on
Sunday 06 December 2020 at the Gymkhana Grounds, Vacoas.
16. Cabinet has taken note of the reconstitution of the Board of the Fishermen
Welfare Fund with Mr Kistnensamy Beemadoo as Chairperson.