At the request of the Prime Minister the President will lead a delegation comprising the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to attend the South Summit (Group 77) to be held in Cuba from 10 to 14 April.
2.Cabinet has agreed to the introduction into the National Assembly of an Economic Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Bill. The Bill provides inter alia for the establishment of an Economic Crime Office to investigate into suspicious transactions, money laundering and serious economic offences and measures to prevent money laundering and the laundering of proceeds derived, directly or indirectly, from money laundering or any economic offence.
3.Cabinet has agreed to incentives being granted to facilitate and support the establishment of NetMauritius.com Ltd, a pioneering company in the field of e-commerce. The main object of the company would be to create a major portal that will offer investors in Mauritius and worldwide, a new e-commerce plaform to carry out business to business and business to customer transactions. NetMauritius.com Ltd. will position Mauritius as a leading internet cum e-commerce provider in the region. The project will generate significant value added in the IT Sector, and more importantly will have a multiplier effect on all sectors of the economy.
4.Cabinet has approved the grant of the following Industrial Investment Certificates under the Industrial Expansion Act, 1993:
5 Export Enterprise Certificates; and
2 Pioneer Status Enterprise Certificates.
5.Cabinet has agreed to Regulations being made under Section 13 of the Statistics Act in connection with the Population Census to be undertaken between 19 June and 16 July, 2000, in respect of all persons alive at midnight on 2 July, 2000.
6.Cabinet has agreed to the hosting of the Global Indian Entrepreneurs Conference (GIEC 2000) in Mauritius during the second half of this year. The conference would attract magnates of businesses and captains of industry, from both India and other parts of the globe, and would allow for significant personal contacts and networking among participants.
7.Cabinet has agreed to the Fourth Schedule to the Environment Protection Act, 1991 being amended by regulations with a view to providing for the Director of the Department of Environment also to be an enforcing agency along with the other relevant enforcing agencies provided for in the Act.
During a control exercise carried out last week at Coromandel, 16 out of 82 vehicles were intercepted for thick black smoke emission and were referred to the National Transport Authority Vehicle Examination Centre for a thorough inspection within 3 days.
8.Cabinet has agreed to Mauritius acceding to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Protocol will provide for the creation of a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) meant to assist developing countries in implementing projects for reduction of greenhouse gases (CHG) in a course effective manner. It is thus expected that the latest technologies would be made available to developing countries through the CDM.
9.Cabinet has taken note of the proposal of the Minister of Women, Child Development and Family Welfare to reconstitute -
- the National Committee of the National Women’s Council for 2000 and 2001 with Mrs. N. Nababsing, Acting Permanent Secretary as Chairperson; and
- the National Children’s Council (NCC) for the year 2000 with Mrs. N. Nababsing, Acting Permanent Secretary as Chairperson.
10.`Cabinet has taken note of progress achieved with regard to the construction of a Fish Landing Station at Trou Fanfaron to accommodate the 13 fishermen from the ex-Fort George Fish Landing Station.
11.Cabinet has taken note of developments in the co-operative pig farming sector especially with regard to the proposal of Professor Chan, Consultant for the Piggery Relocation Project for the treatment of pig waste to prevent pollution problems.