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Budget 2017/2018: Stimulating growth and employment in key sectors

Date: June 16, 2017
Domain:Education & Training
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS – 16 June 2017: Budget 2017/2018 underlines Government’s aim of boosting investment, growth and job creation. To achieve this goal, the budget sets out key actions geared towards easing the processes for the labour market. 
Major measures are:

Extension of the 8-year work permit policy for expatriate workers in the export-oriented enterprises to all manufacturing activities to better address manpower shortages. This concerns the textile sector, the construction industry and furniture making and agro industry.

Issue and renewal of work permits to be made within the reduced timeframe of 15 working days, instead of 40 working days.
Introduction of a short-term bridging work permit to address delays in processing of applications for the renewal of work permits.
Mauritas to be given full autonomy to offer accreditation services locally with the objective of lowering the costs of accreditation for our exporters.
Regarding the Skills Development programme several measures have been enunciated in view of achieving higher growth, lowering unemployment rate and addressing the skills mismatch. They include:

provision of Rs 310 million for the upgrading of educational hardware and infrastructure in training institutions.

Funds to be provided for the refurbishment works at the University of Technology Mauritius and the Université des Mascareignes and the upcoming project of a new campus at the University of Technology Mauritius.

Rs 130 million to finance the operating costs of polytechnics, to better connect the world of learning with the world of work.

Enrolment of a batch of 2,500 persons for training under the National Skills Development Programme.

Reengineering of the Fashion and Design Institute to include training in jewellery.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email:  Website: 
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