Cabinet Decisions taken on 3 December 1999
1. Cabinet has decided that an Investment Facilitation Committee be set up to look into problems faced by investors in respect of acquisition of land for their projects, payment of land conversion tax, and cash contributions they are required to make for water and electricity supply installations.
2. Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill into the National Assembly. The object of the Bill is to –
(a) make provision for the examination of motor vehicles by private authorised examiners;
(b) enable the enforcement of parking regulations by Traffic Wardens; and
(c) transfer the registration activities in respect of motor vehicles from the Registrar General Department to the National Transport Authority.
3. Cabinet has agreed to the State Trading Corporation bringing down the price of Basmati rice to Rs 7 per ½ kg in the context of a Millennium sale. This promotion will be valid for the month of December up to 15 January 2000.
4. Cabinet has been apprised of developments in the Port Sector. The Mauritius Ports Authority will soon embark on the construction of a Container Terminal Building at Mer Rouge estimated to cost some Rs 60 Million.
5. Cabinet has reviewed progress in the finalisation of the Rodrigues (Local Government) Bill. A first draft has been prepared and consultations are being held with all parties concerned.
6. Cabinet has decided that as a gesture of solidarity and following an appeal by the Government of St. Lucia, which country has been severely hit by a cyclone, a contribution of US$20,000 be made.
7. Cabinet has been apprised that H.E. Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghali, Secretaire Generale de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie will pay a visit to Mauritius from 7 to 8 December 1999. He will pay courtesy calls on the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.
8. Cabinet has agreed to a proposal by ATD Quart Monde to host a regional seminar on the theme "Reaching the Poorest" in February 2000 in Mauritius. The seminar will be organised jointly by UNICEF and ATD Quart Monde with the collaboration of the Office of the President.
9. Cabinet has given its approval for the appointment of Mr Arnaud Godere, O.S.K. as Chairman of the EPZDA Board.
10. Cabinet has agreed to the draft National Gender Action Plan. It addresses the following five main areas –
(a) women and economic participation;
(b) women and human rights;
(c) women and human resource development;
(d) women and health; and
(e) women and gender equality.
Much emphasis is placed on the promotion of equality and respect of human rights.