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Cabinet Decisions taken on 10 November 2000

1.Cabinet has decided that a Government Livestock Quarantine Station should be set up to keep animals imported for slaughter; namely cattle, goats and sheep. Following the closure of the Roche Bois Livestock Quarantine Station in June 2000, imported slaughter stock are being kept in private quarantines throughout the island. A proliferation of quarantines makes it difficult to exercise effective control and supervision, especially as regards entry and exit of animals; thereby increasing the risk of outbreak of diseases. The setting up of a Government Livestock Quarantine Station will allow concentration of imported slaughter stock in one single place and facilitate control by the Veterinary services.
2.Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Wastewater Management Authority Bill into the National Assembly. The object of the Bill is to provide for the appropriate legal framework for the formulation of policies and strategies and the implementation of institutional, financial and technical reforms in order to achieve sustainable development in the Wastewater Sector. The Bill also makes provision for the establishment of a Wastewater Management Authority as a body corporate to be responsible for all matters relating to the collection, treatment and disposal of wastewater.
3.Cabinet has agreed to the early introduction of the Sports (Amendment) Bill into the National Assembly. The Bill makes temporary provision to ensure "la relance du football" pending a complete review of the Sports Act 1999.
4.Following the Second Steering Committee held in Lusaka on 28 October 2000, Cabinet has agreed to the arrangements to be made regarding the implementation of the work programme under the Regional Integration Facilitation Forum (RIFF) formerly known as the Cross Border Initiative (CBI).
5. Cabinet has been apprised of the report of a study carried out by an Australian consultant and funded by UNICEF on the introduction of foster care system in Mauritius, and has agreed to its implementation. In this connection, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Child Development & Family Welfare will work in collaboration with UNICEF and other ministries for the preparation of draft legislation and the provision of training by foreign experts.
6.Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the participation of the Minister of Tourism in the promotion mission associated with the inaugural flight of Air Mauritius to Chennai. A series of activities was organised including a workshop by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority jointly with Air Mauritius at the Taj Coromandel Hotel on 31 October 2000 to conduct an awareness campaign as well as to establish contacts with travel agents between Mauritius and Chennai. The workshop was followed by the inauguration of an Air Mauritius Office in Chennai.
7.Cabinet has taken note of -
(i) the reconstitution of the Wildlife and National Parks Advisory Council for period November 2000 to October 2001, with Dr Mrs Monique Koenig as Chairperson;
(ii) the reconstitution of the Board of Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute for the year 2000/2001;
(iii) the appointment of Mr Gérard Manuel as the Chairman of the Mauritius Society of Authors Board;
(iv) the appointment of Mr Aimé Edward Lamarque as the Chairman of the Fishermen Welfare Fund Board; and
(v) the reconstitution of the Local Government Commission (LGSC) under the chairmanship of Mr Maurice Babet.