1.Cabinet has agreed to the proclamation of Section 3 of the Information Technology (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1998. With the proclamation of this Section the whole Act will come into operation as from 16 October 1999.
2.Cabinet has approved a policy statement to be released to prospective bidders for the sale of up to 40% shares of the Mauritius Telecom to a strategic partner.
3.Cabinet has agreed to maintain the Total Allowable Catch and Quota to be allocated to the Bank Fishing Operators for the fishing season 1999\2000 at the same level as that of 1998-1999. This decision is motivated by the fact that statistics indicate an increase in the catch rate and length of fishes caught over the last three years. The management measures introduced by the Ministry of Fisheries and Co-operatives have been positive and there is a clear sign of recuperation of fish stock.
4.Cabinet has taken note of the proposed amendment to the Fifth Schedule of the Road Traffic (Registration of Motor Vehicles and Trailers) Regulations 1963. The amendment makes provision for the payment of a reduced sum of Rs 1,000 instead of Rs 10,000 for the re-issue of a specific registration number to its owner under Sections (4), (6) and (7) of the Schedule.
5.Cabinet has agreed to the grant of a Fishing Development Certificate to Ferney Aquaculture Ltd (FAL) which is a unique aquaculture farm in the country. The company is involved in the production of crustaceans (i.e. Camaron and red claw crayfish). The cost of the project is Rs 31 million. For this year, the company aims to produce 18 tonnes of camarons and 12 tonnes of crayfish.
6.Cabinet has been apprised that the World Postal Day will be celebrated on 9 October 1999. A meeting has been organised at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium on 30 October, 1999 when the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology will meet all the employees of the Post Office.
7.Cabinet has taken note of –
(i) the appointment of Mrs Rehana Gulbul, District Magistrate as the President of the Valuation Tribunal;
(ii) the reconstitution of the Health Fund Board for 1999 and 2000, under the chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life; and
(iii) the reconstitution of the Pharmacy Board and the various committees that have been set up under the Pharmacy Act 1983, for a period of two years.