DECISIONS – 31 JULY 2020
has agreed to the First Schedule of the Chemical Weapons Convention Act being
amended. The Chemical Weapons Convention
aims at eliminating an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by
prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, use, etc of
chemical weapons by State Parties.
Schedule 1 of the Convention lists down the toxic chemicals, the import
and export of which is prohibited from/to States which are not parties to the Convention. In November 2019, the Conference of State
Parties approved that two families of chemicals, particularly those used in the
Salisbury Chemical attack in the UK in March 2018, be included in the Schedule
1 substances. The Chemical Weapons
Convention (Amendment of Schedule) Regulations would be made accordingly.
2. Cabinet has agreed to the review of licence fees chargeable
to the holders of firearms, for Competency Certificate and for the safekeeping
services provided by the Mauritius Police Force. The fees related to the licences and
Competency Certificates were last reviewed in 2014. Appropriate Regulations would be made
3. Cabinet has agreed to the Ministry of Environment, Solid
Waste Management and Climate Change proceeding with Phase 2 of the Consultancy
Study on the Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
following the recommendations of the Technical Committee on Solid Waste Management. Phase 2 of the AFD-funded Consultancy Study
is in line with Government’s vision to move towards a circular economy model in
the solid waste sector and with measures announced in the Budget 2020/2021.
has agreed to the implementation of the Health Sector Strategic Plan 2020-2024
(HSSP 2020-2024) for the Republic of Mauritius, prepared by the Ministry of
Health and Wellness, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and
relevant stakeholders. The HSSP
2020-2024 provides a coherent framework that would guide policymakers,
stakeholders and partners, in health development, over the next five years. A dissemination workshop would be held with
participants from the public and private sectors, including NGOs and donor
partners in Mauritius and Rodrigues. A
Committee has been set up to work out an Implementation Plan and thereafter, a
Monitoring Committee comprising various stakeholders would be constituted to
ensure that the Plan is implemented in a timely and cost-effective manner.
5. Cabinet has taken note of the recommendations of the
National Roadmap Framework for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health launched in
January 2020 and which was elaborated with the assistance of the World Health
Organization. The implementation of some of the recommendations of the
Framework has already been initiated, namely –
preparation of guidelines on maternal, neonatal and child health;
implementation of midwife-led-continuity of care model;
institutionalisation of maternal, neonatal and infant confidential death
introduction of a maternal child health handbook by November 2020;
building for community physicians midwives and other medical and health
officers across all regional hospitals;
of the Baby Friendly Initiative including Kangaroo Care by September 2020; and
setting up of a Sexual and Reproductive Health/Maternal and Child Health Unit
in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
has taken note of developments in the implementation of the New Cancer Hospital
project at Solferino. The expected
completion date is scheduled for end of June 2021.
has taken note of developments in the implementation of the first phase of the
construction of the New Teaching Hospital project at Flacq. The new
Teaching Hospital would be implemented in two phases –
(a) the first phase of the project consists
of the construction of a hospital block which comprises a basement, a ground
floor and six other floors. The building
would accommodate, inter alia, 570 beds, an ICU of 60 beds and 15 Major and
Minor Operating Theatres; and
(b) the second phase would, inter alia, consist
of the construction of a teaching block for 100 students and an auditorium of a
capacity of 500 students.
has taken note of the situation regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 in
Mauritius. There is no local positive
case since 26 April 2020. Currently,
there is one active imported case being treated at the New ENT Hospital.
has taken note that the Attorney General, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food
Security would make
the Sugar Insurance Fund (Reduced General Insurance Premium) Regulations under
the Sugar Insurance Fund Act to exempt sugarcane planters producing up to 60
tons of sugar from the general insurance premium payable to the Sugar Insurance
Fund Board (SIFB) for crop 2019.
has taken note that the African Development Bank has provided a COVID-19 Crisis Response Budget Programme of EUR188M to Mauritius on 29 June
2020. This budget support loan would
help bolster Government’s level of preparedness, support the vulnerable groups
and the informal sector, finance social protection schemes, reduce job losses
as well as strengthen the resilience of micro, small and medium-sized
has agreed to the new Cash Prize Scheme operated under the High-Level Sports
Unit of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation which would be
effective as from 1 July 2020. The new
Scheme would comprise the following categories, in order of importance –
A - Olympic/Paralympic/Deaflympic Games and Youth
B - World Championships
(c) Group C - Commonwealth Games, Francophone Games,
Commonwealth Championships, and Youth Commonwealth Games
(d) Group D - African Games, African Championships, and Youth
(e) Group E - World Meetings/Series
criteria have been set to determine the level of a sports competition and the
quantum of the cash prize payable. The
new Scheme would also reward the coach of the medallist.
has agreed to the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training
making Regulations for the extension up to December 2020 of the period of
referral of disputes by the Commission of Conciliation and Mediation to the
Employment Relations Tribunal regarding the airport services, port services and
health and hospital services.
has taken note of the actions taken by all stakeholders concerned following the
wreck of MV Wakashio on the reef of Pointe d’Esny on 25 July 2020. As at date, there has been no reported case
of an oil spill. The National Oil Spill Contingency Plan Coordination
Committee, the NCG and SMF of the Mauritius Police Force are monitoring the
wreck and site. A first tug is already
in Mauritius with a salvage team.
has taken note that the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation had
in the Commonwealth Ministerial Forum on Sport and COVID-19 via video
conference. The Minister made a statement on the
progress made with respect to the implementation of the National Sport and
Physical Activity Policy prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19, the impact of
the pandemic thereon and mitigation measures put in place by the Ministry of Youth
Empowerment, Sports and Recreation in the light of the crisis.
has taken note of the appointment of Mr Soonilduth Sookun as Chairperson of the
Bus Industry Employees Welfare Fund Board.
has taken note of the appointment of Mr Nanda Veerapa as Chairperson of the
Wastewater Management Authority Board.
17. Cabinet has taken note of the reconstitution of the Seafarers’
Welfare Fund Board with Mr Doorjodhanlall Salandy as Chairperson.
has taken note of the actions being taken by International Slavery Museum (ISM)
Mauritius Ltd regarding the implementation of the International Slavery Museum
Project. The ISM Mauritius Ltd which is
chaired by Mr Jean Maxy Simonet, also comprises Dr Jimmy Harmon, Deputy
Director/Head of Secondary at Service
Diocésain de L’Education Catholique as Director. Dr Harmon is well versed in historical