CABINET DECISIONS TAKEN ON 16 DECEMBER 2010
1. Cabinet has taken note that, during the archaeological works being carried out at Le Morne, four silver coins have been found under the skulls of persons buried at the site, viz., one 5-lire coin minted in Italy in 1812, one 5-franc coin dated 1828, one 5-franc coin dated 1813, and one 1-franc coin dated 1822.
2. Cabinet has taken note of development in the proposed Housing Project at Military Road, Port Louis.
3. With a view to making the computation of the price of petroleum products, i.e., mogas, gas oil and fuel oil, less complex and more transparent, Cabinet has agreed to a new price fixing mechanism for petroleum products to replace the Automatic Pricing Mechanism. The new method would ensure greater stability and predictability in the retail price of the petroleum products for a longer period of time.
4. Cabinet has taken note of the results of the CPE Examinations 2010 for the Republic of Mauritius. 15,871 candidates, out of 23,156 examined, have passed, i.e., 68.54%, as compared to 68.13% in 2009. As regards Mauritius, the pass rate has increased from 68.6% in 2009 to 68.8% this year. The pass rates for Rodrigues and Agalega are 61.7% and 45.0% respectively. The overall pass rate in ZEP schools is 36.2% as compared to 35.3% in 2009. Four ZEP schools have attained a pass rate of above 50% and 17 ZEP schools have improved their results as compared to 2009. As in previous years, girls have performed better than boys, i.e., 74.4% and 63.1% respectively. 1,533 pupils have scored an aggregate of 24, with four A+ or more.
5. Cabinet has taken note that, according to the last statistical bulletin, 819,978 tourists visited Mauritius during the period January to November 2010, as compared to 767,626 for the corresponding period in 2009, i.e., an increase of 6.8%. During the month of November 2010, some 85,982 tourists visited Mauritius as compared to 78,544 in 2009, i.e., an increase of 9.5%. Growth has been registered in the following tourist markets: France (+13.1%), People’s Republic of China (+36.7%), India (+34.0%), the Russian Federation (+36.3%), and Reunion Island (+14.0%).
6. Cabinet has taken note of the various measures taken by the local authorities to address the problem of hawkers during the month of December 2010 and to ensure that access to major roads is not blocked due to hawking activities.
7. Cabinet has taken note that the Information and Communication Technologies Authority has received awards for the best Anti-Corruption Framework 2010 organised by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in the assessment criteria “Transparency” and “Risk Management”.
8. Cabinet has taken note that, taking into consideration that unscrupulous traders sell long-grain rice as basmati rice, Regulations would be promulgated to enforce the standard, MS 177:2010, developed by the Mauritius Standards Bureau, for the importation of basmati rice. The standard is based on the standards applicable in rice-producing countries, particularly India and Pakistan.
9. Cabinet has agreed to the nomination of Mr Justice Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah for election as member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, established in July 2001 to ensure and monitor the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child by Member States.