1. Cabinet has taken note of developments regarding the implementation of the Rodrigues Regional Assembly Act 2001 and has decided that the elections for the Regional Assembly would be held after the coming into force of the new register of electors on 16 August 2002.
2. Following Government’s decision to ban the exploitation of Calcarenite deposit in Rodrigues as from 1 January 2002, Cabinet has agreed to the recommendations made by the Trust Fund for the Social Integration of Vulnerable Groups and the Management Audit Bureau for the payment of ex-gratia benefits to the persons engaged in that business .
3. Cabinet has agreed to the programme of activities to be organised in Mauritius, Rodrigues as well as in Agalega to mark the 167th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery on 1 February 2002. The programme will, inter alia, comprise an official ceremony at Pointe Canon, a popular show at the esplanade of the Plaza Theatre and a conference on Slavery and Freedom.
4. Cabinet has taken note of the incident where the arm of a child from Reunion Island was stuck in the suction pipe of a swimming pool and has decided that a security audit of all swimming pools where public has access, should urgently be carried out.
5. Cabinet has taken note of the Reports of the Actuarial Review of the National Pensions Fund (NPF) and the National Savings Fund (NSF), which provide projections of income and expenditure of the Funds over the next 40 years.
6. Cabinet has taken note that two return airtickets to Australia would be granted on a yearly basis to Mr. Christophe Lim Wen Ying, a high level swimmer, who will pursue university studies there to enable him to keep in touch with the National Squad during holidays and participate in the Indian Ocean Islands Games 2003.
7. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the mission of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Co-operation to Paris where he attended the 16th Session of the “Conference Ministérielle de la Francophonie” on 11 January 2002.