GIS – 04 February, 2020: An inception workshop on the “Industrial Waste Management: Cost Structure Review” project kicked off, this morning, at the National Co-operative College in Terre Rouge. The Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Mrs Christine Umutoni, the Chief Executive Officer of Business Mauritius, Mr Kevin Ramkaloan, and other personalities were present at the opening ceremony.
In his keynote address, Minister Bholah highlighted that the project will enable enterprises to gain a competitive edge both at local and international levels. He pointed out that with the implementation of the project, environmental compliance of enterprises will be enhanced, thereby helping them to respond positively to the growing consumer requirements for green products and the emergence of an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Furthermore, according to him, the proliferation of waste recycling activities around Mauritius will trigger an increasing interest for small enterprises to engage in the manufacturing of easily recycled products and create more job opportunities. The project will also contribute to decreasing the amount of waste going to landfill sites which are already at maximum capacity.
Minister Bholah also spoke of the several projects have been completed by his Ministry in collaboration with UNIDO. He outlined the partnership between his Ministry and Business Mauritius in the field of industrial waste management, adding that as at date, two projects for the industrial sector have already been implemented namely, the energy efficiency and energy conservation industry project, and the industrial waste assessment project.
For her part, the UN Resident Coordinator underscored that this inception workshop’s topic is important for small islands like Mauritius, where space is scarce and where landfills are reaching their maximum capacity. She also observed that every success achieved in Mauritius is something that the African continent can emulate, adding that the UN are pleased to collaborate with Mauritius on projects aiming to attain Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
The workshop, organised by the Ministry of Industrial Development, SMEs, and Cooperatives, in collaboration with the UNIDO under the Partnership for Action on Green Economy and Business Mauritius, is being conducted by Dr S. Tunesi, International Consultant and Dr D. Surroop, National Consultant, UNIDO, for some 70 participants.
It aims at shedding light on the cost burden of solid waste management in manufacturing enterprises with a view to assisting them so as to improve their competitiveness and familiarising operators with the new concept of extended producer responsibility so as to promote a circular economy in Mauritius.
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