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Cabinet Decisions taken on 22 February 2002

Cabinet Decisions
1.         A Special Cabinet Meeting would be held on 19 March to consider the Report on the Constitutional and Electoral Reform.
2.         Cabinet has agreed that, as from this year, overaged students who have failed CPE once but whose age does not allow them to repeat Standard VI may join the pre-vocational stream.
3.         Cabinet has taken note of the setting up of a Committee under the Chairmanship of Mr Rampersad Proag, former Judge of the Supreme Court to examine the functioning of Syndics in NHDC Estates and to make recommendations on how best problems encountered by them could be resolved.
4.         Cabinet has taken note of measures taken by the Employment Division of the Ministry of Training, Skills Development and Productivity for the recruitment of Mauritian nationals for employment in Dubai and other Gulf Countries.
5.         Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of an IT Security Standard in the Civil Service and the setting up of an IT Security Unit within the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications for the implementation of Government policies relating to IT Security.
6.         Cabinet has agreed that Mauritius should participate in the following Summit Meetings on major global and regional development - oriented initiatives -
            (a)       New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD);
            (b)       International Conference on Financing for Development;
            (c)        World Summit on Sustainable Development;
            (d)       ACP Summit;
            (e)       COMESA;
            (f)        Francophone; and
            (g)       SADC.
7.         Cabinet has taken note that the following meetings would be held in Mauritius this year :-
(a)       the SADC Human Resources Development Senior Officials and Ministers Meetings to take stock of the progress and development made by the various Technical Committees under SADC;
(b)       a Second Preparatory Meeting of prospective Member States to finalise the Statutes prior to the setting up of the International Institute of Intercultural Dialogue and Peace under the aegis of UNESCO; and
(c)        a Seminar on "Sensibilisation sur la Ratification du Traité de la Cour Pénale Internationale et son Incorporation dans les Législations Nationales".
8.         Cabinet has noted that the Development Bank of Mauritius, in its capacity as banker of the NHDC, would sign a loan agreement with the EXIM Bank of China for the financing of the construction of 1522 housing units.
9.         Cabinet has decided that a Committee should be set up to examine the implication of the recommendations of the report of the High Powered Committee on Textile and Clothing Sector.
10.       Cabinet has taken note that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Land Transport and Shipping will make the following Regulations -
(a)       the Road Traffic (Road Humps) Regulations 2002 to make better provisions for the design and construction of humps to suit different desired speeds;
(b)       the Road Traffic (Use of Lanes) Regulations 2002 to exercise better control on the use of lanes on multilane roads and to encourage drivers to develop safe driving habits when making use of the lanes;
            (c)        the Road Traffic (Pedestrian Crossings) Regulations 2002 which govern the conduct of both pedestrians and drivers on or near a pedestrian crossing; and
            (d)       the Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Hours of Work and Watchkeeping) Regulations 2002 to give force of law to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Convention to which Mauritius acceded in 1991.
11.       Cabinet has taken note that an inter-ministerial technical team was finalising a Blue Print on the future development of St Brandon.
12.       Cabinet has taken note that the Municipality of Port Louis proposes to renew the lease of Champ de Mars to the Mauritius Turf Club for a further period of one year.
13.       Cabinet has taken note of the reconstitution of -
(a)       the Senior Citizens Council with Mrs W.K. Venpin as Chairperson ;
(b)       the Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Board with
Mrs S. Raghobur as Chairperson; and
(c)        the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Trust Fund Committee with Mr M.H.I. Dilmahomed as Chairman.
14.       Cabinet has agreed to the National Computer Board implementing the Government On-line project.
15.       Cabinet has taken note that six street children had been entrusted to "Terre de Paix" by the Ministry of Women's Rights, Child Development & Family Welfare through Emergency Protections Orders under the Child Protection Act in December 2001.

16.       Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the mission of the Minister of Industry and International Trade to India from 9 to 17 January 2002 where he participated in the 8th Partnership Summit 2002 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
17.       Cabinet has taken note of the current political situation in Zimbabwe and the stand of the regional and international organisations.
18.       Cabinet has taken note of the situation in primary schools since the resumption of studies in January with focus on time-tabling arrangements, printing of textbooks and introduction of new subjects, such as Citizenship Education.
19.       Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the 2nd Meeting of the "Conseil Permanent International des Jeux des Iles" (CIJ) held in Mauritius on 30 and 31 January 2002, in the context of the organisation of the VI Indian Ocean Islands Games 2003.