Cabinet has taken note of the recommendations made by Mr. L.P.R. Ahnee, CSK, in his final report on the Decentralised System of Government in Rodrigues which includes, in draft, –
(i) The Constitution (Amendment) Bill which provides for the establishment of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly;
(ii) The Rodrigues Regional Assembly Bill which provides inter alia for -
(a) the election of members to the Regional Assembly;
(b) the establishment of the Executive Council of the Regional Assembly; and
(c) finance, staff and related matters.
The report and the draft legislation are available on the Website “www.gov.mu.
2. Cabinet has agreed to Mauritius hosting the next meeting of SADC Industry and Trade Ministers jointly with the SADC Ministers of Agriculture from 3 to 5 September 2001 to deliberate on WTO issues.
3. Cabinet has agreed to the Minister of Labour & Industrial Relations amending the Remuneration Order Regulations for non-EPZ factory workers.
4. Cabinet has agreed to a feasibility study being carried out by the UNDP/UNESCO for the setting up, in Mauritius, of the Indian Ocean Media Training Centre aiming at developing computer-assisted animation to support development activities and introduce quality entertainment for the youth of the region.
5. Cabinet has agreed to the excess staff of Private Secondary Schools who became redundant in 1993 and 2000 and that of the Northern College being absorbed by the Mauritius Educational Development Company Ltd. (MEDCO).
6. Cabinet has agreed to the Cannes Junior’ Festival being organised in Mauritius from 2 to 9 December 2001 by the Mauritius Film Development Corporation under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture with a view to promoting the image and film culture among the youth and giving a further boost to our nascent film and image industry.
7. Cabinet has agreed to the 400th Anniversary of Dutch Landing in Rodrigues being celebrated there and has taken note of the proposed activities to be organised in this context.
8. Cabinet has agreed to a Census of Economic Activities being conducted by the Central Statistics Office from January 2002 to April 2004 in Mauritius and Rodrigues with a view to collecting data on the operating characteristics of all economic activities, except Agriculture, and to providing benchmark estimates for updating the structure of the national accounts.
9. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the mission of –
(i) the Minister of Industry, Commerce and International Trade to Pretoria where he attended the Special Meeting of SADC Ministers and Trade held on 20 July;
(ii) the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity & Senior Citizen Welfare and Reform Institutions to Warsaw, Poland, where he participated in the 9th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled People held from 2 to 7 July 2001;
(iii) the Minister of Environment to Bonn, Germany, where he attended -
(a) the second meeting of the Open Ended Inter-Governmental Group of Ministers on International Environmental Governance held on 17 July 2001; and
(b) the high level segment of the Resumed Sixth Conference of Parties (COP6) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
(iv) the Minister of Arts and Culture to Rodrigues from 20 to 22 July 2001, where he launched a website on the arts and culture sector in Rodrigues and had discussions with cultural organisations with a view to identifying problem areas in the field of arts and culture in Rodrigues; and
(v) the Minister of Training, Skills Development and Productivity to Rodrigues from 13 to 15 July 2001, where he had meetings with various stakeholders, visited several training centres and launched training programmes.
10. Cabinet has taken note of the proposed participation of Mauritius in the Exhibition on Fisheries and Aquaculture which will be held in Malawi during the forthcoming Summit Meeting of SADC from 13 to 17 August 2001. This Exhibition aims at promoting investment and trade in fisheries products among SADC Member States.
11. Cabinet took note of the visit of Mr. Niegel Williams, Director of Childnet International, in the context of consultations to prevent child abuse on the internet.
12. Cabinet has taken note of the programme of visit of H.E. Mr. Bernard Makenzie, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, from 29 to 31 July 2001.