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Cabinet Decisions taken on 26 May 2000

1.Cabinet has agreed to the introduction into the National Assembly of the Board of Investment Bill which provides for the establishment of a Board of Investment for the promotion and facilitation of investments in Mauritius. This Board would act as a one-stop service for the relevant permits in connection with investments to be obtained expeditiously from public sector agencies.
2.Cabinet has agreed to the grant of a Bookmaker’s licence to Booksystem Ltd to organise fixed odd betting on local horse races through the telephone. The majority of bookmakers are shareholders of the company. The method of operation of the fixed odd telephone betting will be similar to telephone betting with Automatic Systems Ltd.
3.Cabinet has approved the grant of the following Industrial Investment Certificates under the Industrial Expansion Act, 1993:
3 Export Enterprise Certificates; and
2 Pioneer Status Enterprise Certificates
One of the projects under the Export Enterprise Scheme relates to the production of cotton fabrics and ready-made garments. The promoter, a Mauritian national with 15 years experience in the textile sector, is proposing to avail himself of the benefits derived from the Trade and Development Act of 2000 passed recently in the USA to enable Mauritius to increase its exports to that country.
The implementation of the five(5) projects would create some 1280 job opportunities and would entail investment amounting to around Rs 1.22 Billion.
4.Cabinet has agreed to the grant of a Fishing Development Certificate for an annual production of 70 tonnes of fish of various species in Rodrigues. Fishing will be carried out by means of basket traps and bottom lines and will also involve big game fishing. The project would necessitate investment of around Rs 3.05 M and create direct employment for 10 persons in Rodrigues.
5.Cabinet has agreed to Mauritius hosting the Sixth Annual General Meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) in 2001. SARPCCO was set up in 1995 to enhance cooperation among Chiefs of Police of the Southern African sub-region. The Organisation at present comprises twelve members from SADC countries.
6.Cabinet has agreed to the request of the ACP General Secretariat and the EU Commission to host a regional seminar on the new ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreement for the 12 East African ACP States. About 85 foreign delegates and 25 local participants will attend the regional seminar. It will cover all aspects of the new Agreement, in particular the financial and technical cooperation chapters dealing with programming access to resources of the newly-created Investment Facility, new terms and conditions of EIB loans, and modalities for the award of EDF-financed works and service contracts.
7. Cabinet has agreed to Mauritius participating in the Fifth International Abilympics, an ability contest of persons with disabilities, to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 14 to 18 August, 2000. Participation in this major event will enable Mauritians with disabilities to compete with their counterparts from different countries, display their talents and potential and learn more about work skills opportunities.
8.Cabinet has taken note of the proposal of the Attorney-General’s Office to organise, in collaboration with the UNDP, a two-day workshop on "The Human Rights Approach and Sustainable Human Development" on 31 May and 1 June 2000.
9.Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the Seventh Meeting of Law Ministers and Attorneys General of Small Commonwealth Jurisdiction held in Jersey from 15-17 May 2000. The Mauritian delegation was led by the Attorney-General & Minister of Justice.
10.The village of Goodlands has overgrown in the past years. To reduce traffic jams and to increase the safety of pedestrians along the existing road, Cabinet has been apprised of the alignment for a new road to be constructed to bypass that village.