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Cabinet Decisions taken on 31st August 2001

1. Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of a Committee of Officials to study and advise the Government on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Second Report of the Committee on Pollution instituted under the chairmanship of Mr. J. Forget, former Chief Justice, to look into the pollution of the lagoons around Mauritius with a view to their rehabilitation.
2. In line with the Illovo Agreement between the Government and the Consortium BBHM Holdings Ltd, Cabinet has agreed to :
(a) the SIT purchasing 7000 arpents of Illovo land for small planters at the price of Rs 125,000 per arpent;
(b) the setting up of a State Land Development Company Ltd to purchase and develop the 3000 arpents of land under the deal for eventual allocation/sale to different organisations/institutions for projects of economic and social nature in conformity with Government priorities; and
(c) the transfer of land totalising 33A to the Government for the implementation of projects, including a multipurpose sports and leisure complex at Bassin Loulou, the construction of a state secondary school at Belle Rose and the creation of a Cybercity LR Station at Ebène.
3. Cabinet has taken note of the Country Policy Statement of Mauritius which would be transmitted to the WTO in the context of the Second Trade Policy Review to be held in Geneva in November 2001.
4. Cabinet has taken note of the additional measures taken by the Ministry of Women’s Rights, Child Development & Family Welfare to provide shelters for victims of domestic violence and child abuse to cope with the increasing number of cases being referred.
5. Cabinet has taken note of the Pre-Feasibility Report on the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Mozambique and, in order to take full advantage of the Mozambican offer, has agreed to the proposed course of action which includes the following:
(a) the setting up of a Committee of Officials to examine the report;
(b) the fielding of a public/private sector investment mission to Mozambique to discuss the modalities of SEZ ;
(c) invitation to the Indian private sector to form triangular ventures for the development of the SEZ;
(d) drafting of new legislation for the allocation of land in the SEZ in a rational and equitable manner to investors; and
(e) giving the Board of Investment responsibility for the award of Regional Development Certificates.
6. Cabinet has agreed to the National Unity Award 2001 being organised jointly by the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the National Organising Committee chaired by Dr P. Nababsing , Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, to reward the most outstanding achievements in the promotion of national unity.
7. Cabinet has taken note of the Report on the Mauritius Prisons of Dr. Andrew Coyle and Baroness Vivien Stern, CBE, of the International Centre for Prison Studies, King’s College, University of London, who visited Mauritius in June 2001.
8. Cabinet has taken note of –
(a) the constitution of the Board of the Mauritius Council of Registered Librarians;
(b) the reconstitution of the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture Trust Fund Board; and
(c) the appointment of Mr Gaetan Bouic as Chairman of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
9. Cabinet has taken note of the proposed display of Mauritian exhibits at the “Mathew Flinders Bicentennial Exhibition” scheduled to be held in Sydney, Australia from 1 October 2001 to 28 January 2002 in the context of the celebrations marking the circumnavigation of Australia by Mathew Flinders from 1801 to 1803.
10. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the mission of the Minister of Economic Development, Financial Services and Corporate Affairs to Windhoek, Namibia where he attended the Meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group from 20 to 22 August, 2001.
11. Cabinet has taken note of the appointment of Mr. Ajamil Matabadul as Coordinator of the World Hindi Secretariat Unit of the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research.
12. Cabinet has taken note of the issues raised at the brainstorming session relating to the decentralized system of Government in Rodrigues, which took place on 27 August.