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Cabinet Decisions taken on 23th November 2001

1. Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of a Narcotics Bureau to co-ordinate and monitor the activities of organisations engaged in the fight against drugs with a view to obtaining better results and optimising the use of resources.

2. Cabinet has agreed to the introduction into the National Assembly of The Supplementary Appropriation (2000-2001) Bill to provide for the appropriation of further sums paid and applied for the service of Government for financial year 2000-2001 in excess of the amounts provided in the Appropriation Act 2000 and The Estimates of Supplementary Expenditure (ESE) No 2 of 2001 incorporating the detailed items of expenditure incurred in 2000-2001 through advances from Contingencies Fund to meet urgent commitments during the year.



3. Cabinet has agreed to the implementation of the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Rock Quarrying which has inter alia recommended the commissioning of a detailed study to enable a proper evaluation of the volume of rock reserves and demarcate areas that may be exploited.



4. Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of the Professional Quantity Surveyors Council to exercise and maintain discipline in the practice of quantity surveying as is the case for other professionals, such as Engineers and Architects.



5. Cabinet has agreed, in principle, to the Road Traffic Act being amended with a view to making it an offence for any person to travel, against payment, in a motor vehicle which is not licensed as a public service vehicle, commonly known as "Taxi Marron".

6. Cabinet has agreed to the Education Regulations being amended to enable any child attaining the age of 5 years on or before 31 January in the year in which he seeks admission, being admitted to a Government primary school or to an aided school.

7. Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of a Mauritian Qualifications Framework to be administered by a Mauritius Qualifications Authority as recommended by the Project Steering Committee on the Establishment of a Mauritian Qualifications Framework. This Framework is outcome-based and consists of 10 levels covering qualifications from CPE to doctorate (Ph.D.), including those obtained at the secondary level, the training and vocational education sector and workplace, as well as the tertiary education sector.





8. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of mission of -




(i) the Minister of Environment to Marrakesh, Morocco from 29 October to 9 November 2001, where he participated in the Seventh Meeting of Conference of Parties (COP 7) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and


(ii) the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Co-operation to New York from 9 to 16 November 2001 where he participated in the United Nations General Assembly, a Ministerial Meeting on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Security Council Meetings on Afghanistan and on Threats to International Peace

9. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of discussions which Government had with the World Bank Team which visited Mauritius from 5 to 9 November, 2001, in connection with preparation of the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) for 2002-2004 and the first Public Expenditure Reform Loan (PERL).


10. Cabinet has taken note of the recommendations of the Report of the Task Force set up to review the discriminatory laws against women.

11. Cabinet has taken note of the programme of activities to be organised in the context of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women celebrated on 25 November.



12. Cabinet has taken note of progress made in the field of pre-vocational education in the context of the implementation of the educational reform proposals and of arrangements made for -


        (i) the introduction of ICT as a subject in the primary education cycle in 2002; and


(ii) the admission to Form I in January 2002, both in mainstreams and pre-vocational classes.