CABINET DECISIONS – 10 DECEMBER 2010
1. Cabinet has agreed to the introduction into the National Assembly of the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill which provides for the implementation of measures announced in Budget Speech 2011 and includes amendments relating to revenue and public finance.
2. Cabinet has taken note of measures taken by the Ministry of Housing and Lands and the Ministry of Local Government and Outer Islands to streamline procedures for the grant of a Building and Land Use Permit on leased State lands to promoters of small scale development.
3. In line with Government’s objective to transform Mauritius into a knowledge hub, Cabinet has agreed to Mauritius facilitating the establishment of and hosting the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre for Excellence, a non-profit making private company, which would provide high-level training and advisory services to support the regional economic integration agenda. It would also be responsible for the training of the Regional Economic Communities to develop capacity in macro-economic and financial management.
4. Cabinet has taken note of activities organized by the local authorities to celebrate Christmas. Cabinet has further taken note that the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Arts and Culture, would hold the finals of the Christmas Songs Competition on 11 December 2010 at Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis.
5. Cabinet has agreed to the Import Permit Fee, the Verification Fee and the fee payable for the classification of video films being revised downwards with a view to discouraging piracy and promoting the importation of original films.
6. Cabinet has taken note of the findings and conclusions of the Enquiry Committee set up by the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate to look into the setting of the Marathi Paper, CPE Examinations 2010, viz., -
(a) The integrity of the Paper has not been impaired and the examination is valid.
(b) No candidate has benefited from the similarity of items contained in the 2010 Paper and that of 1994 Paper.
(c) The results obtained by the candidates would not impact on the allocation of seats to National Colleges.
Cabinet has further taken note that, following allegations made to the effect that several questions put in the CPE Examinations 2010 Mathematics Paper had striking similarities with those set in the CPE Mathematics book produced by a retired MIE Senior Lecturer whose services had been retained by the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate to set papers, the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate conducted preliminary enquiry and found that there has been no direct lifting of questions from any textbook.
7. Cabinet has taken note of the Report of the enquiry conducted by the Office of Public Sector Governance of the Prime Minister’s Office on the allegations made with regard to the procurement of compact fluorescent lamps by the Central Electricity Board.
8. Cabinet has taken note that, pursuant to section 11(4) of the Notaries Act, the Attorney General has, on the recommendation of the Chamber of Notaries, designated Mr Dharmaveersing Roopun, Mr Rajendra Dassyne and Mrs Wenda Sawmynaden, respectively, to take charge of the notarial deeds and repertories of the office of the Notaries of late Mr Rajkumar Lallah, late Mr Amode Idriss Nazroo, and
Mr Luc Serge Hyacinthe whose name had been erased from the list of Notaries in 1990.