GIS – 26 March 2015: Budget 2015-2016 stresses on the necessity to place sharing at the centre of the development agenda.
For the period January 2015 to June 2016, a total of Rs 27.5 billion has been provided for social security expenditure.
Furthermore, all those who donate their pension towards the Marshall Plan Against Poverty managed by the CSR committee, will be exempted from payment of income tax on this amount.
Budget 2015-2016 strives to enhance the development of sports activities, particularly of football, in the country.
The Budget makes provision for the following:
· Allocation of Rs 26 million to the project of professional football to encourage attendance at football matches between professional teams in Mauritian Premier League.
· Upgrading of the ‘Centre Technique Francois Blaquart’ at Réduit to provide facilities to our young footballers.
· Allocation of Rs 60 million for the Indian Ocean Islands Games to encourage athletes who are putting in efforts to represent the country on the international front.
Arts and culture
As regards arts and culture, Budget 2015-2016 states that a Task Force comprising experienced people who are dedicated to the cause of arts and culture will be set up to assess the situation and recommend actions.
Government will also focus on mobilising the required resources under a Public, Private Partnership (PPP) initiative to renovate the Plaza theatre and the Port-Louis theatre, upgrade our museums and other heritage sites, and transform La Citadelle into an ‘espace artistique’.
Moreover, all Smart Cities will be required to invest in dedicated space for the development of arts and culture and the SME Bank will have a special desk to assist local artists, sculptors, and musicians to modernise and expand their business.
Budget 2015-2016 also provides for a study on the ‘Stade Musical’ for concerts by local and international artists and the setting up of a National Centre for Performing Arts.