CABINET DECISIONS – 3 SEPTEMBER 2010
1. Cabinet has taken note of activities that would be organized by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Islamic Cultural Centre and the Urdu Speaking Union, for the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr at national level, viz., -
(a) Eid Gathering and Dinner at Taher Bagh, Port Louis;
(b) Family Gathering at Sir Abdul Razak Mohamed Garden, Plaine Verte, comprising, inter alia, cultural items, sketches and mehendi display and application;
(c) performances by local artists and a cultural troupe from Oman;
(d) distribution of Eid hampers; and
(e) Eid Fair at the Islamic Cultural Centre.
2. Cabinet has taken note that the University of Mauritius, in collaboration with the Journal of Environmental Research and Development of India, would hold an International Congress of Environmental Research from 16 to 18 September 2010 in Mauritius on the theme Energy, Environment and Development. The Congress aims at disseminating the concept of environmental awareness with focus on applied research and reflections relevant to scholars. Around 400 participants from India, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, UK, USA and Mauritius would attend the Congress.
3. Cabinet has taken note of activities that would be organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, in collaboration with the National Women’s Council, to commemorate the International Literacy Day on 8 September 2010 and raise awareness of the importance of literacy in modern society, viz., –
(a) demonstration by trainees who have followed the Literacy Programme conducted by the Ministry;
(b) exhibition on Adult Literacy Programme; and
(c) award of certificates to successful trainees.
4. Cabinet has taken note of activities that would be organised by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2010, viz., -
(a) holding of a Forum on Suicide Prevention at the Municipal Council of Port Louis;
(b) launching of an interactive website hosted by the Suicide Prevention Unit to provide online counselling services;
(c) launching of a Community Gatekeepers Programme on Suicide Prevention to empower senior citizens to prevent suicide in their respective community;
(d) organisation of a one-day screening for stress, free of charge, at the Renganaden Seeneevassen Building, Port Louis; and
(e) distribution of a bookmark to Form V and Form VI students to guide them on the different approaches to be adopted to reduce stress linked to examinations.
The theme chosen this year by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation is Many Faces, Many Places: Suicide Prevention across the World.
5. Cabinet has taken note that the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie would hold an Information and Communication Technologies Workshop on 3 and 4 November 2010 in Mauritius. The main objectives of the Workshop are to:
(a) define the context of ICT environment in Mauritius and the region;
(b) raise awareness on the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the Information Society;
(c) contribute to the development of an ICT Community for European-African Research; and
(d) offer opportunities for interaction among European and African stakeholders in the Indian Ocean region.
6. Cabinet has taken note of action initiated by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping to construct drains in flood prone areas before the forthcoming rainy season.