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Government Programme 2015-2019 - Emphasis on development with a human dimension

Date: January 28, 2015
Persona: Citizen; Business; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS  28 January 2015: Development with a human dimension and equal opportunities for all (veloppement à  visage  humain et chances égales pour tous): This is the guiding principle behind the Government Programme 2015-2019 presented yesterday by the President of the Republic, Mr R. Purryag, at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall following the victory of the Alliance led by Sir Anerood Jugnauth at the general elections held on 10 December 2014.
The Government Programme - Achieving Meaningful Change –defines the broad orientations for taking the country forward for the next five years and beyond, with the strong commitment to conducting business on the principles of  'discipline, transparency, accountability and exemplary governance’. It adheres to the principle that national wealth must be equitably distributed in the development process and financial advancement.
The objective, the Programme states, is to transform Mauritius into a 'forward looking, environmentally   sustainable, economically   vibrant   and   innovative   country   with modern  infrastructure,  global  connectivity,  high  skills and technology'.
The  new economic model will be based on a number of challenges, namely:
·  putting in place a people’s government;
·  fueling growth in the major sectors of the economy;
·  creating new pillars of development;
·  creating new jobs;
·  injecting good governance, transparency and accountability in government business;
·  tackling security, law and order;
·  protecting the fragile environment and ecosystem;
·  fighting poverty and social exclusion;
·  making opportunities more equal for all Mauritians; and
     ·  improving the general well-being of the population
A  key consideration  will be to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, promote social justice, economic empowerment and national unity, and protect the elderly and vulnerable ones. Based on the vision and creed of ‘innovative socialism’, the ultimate aim is to ‘shape a second socio-economic miracle in the interest of one and all’.
The Government Programme calls on each and every Mauritian to join hands together with Government and all stakeholders and participate in economic reconstruction and help reshape the destiny of the country.
Salient Features
·         Consolidation of existing economic poles, with enhanced role for SMEs
·         Creation of new poles of growth (ICT Enabled Services; Ocean Economy; Regional Bunkering Hub)
·         Creation of 15 000 jobs annually
·         Introduction of a Minimum Wage policy
·         Elimination of TVA on certain food items
·         Construction of a techno park at Rose Belle
·         Integrated measures to fight poverty
·         Social housing - Construction of 2 000 housing units annually
·         Introduction of nine-year schooling
·         Review of Youth Enhancement Programme (Duration of contract extended to two years)
·         Introduction of a Chambre des Métiers Bill to give recognition to the various professions
·         Creation of a new National Employment Agency
·         Freedom of Information Act to promote transparency and accountability in public administration
·         Master Plan on health, with setting up of new/additional state-of-the art facilities
Extension of Maternity Leave from 12 weeks to 14 weeks
·         Preparation of a new Climate Change Mitigation Strategy and Action Plan
·         New Land Transport system for rapid access and connectivity throughout the country (Decongestion Programme; shelving of Light Rail Transit project)
·         Operationalisation of the Utility Regulatory Authority
·         Mobilisation of additional water resources with greater storage capacity  and improvement of the distribution network for better supply to the population
·         Creation of a Financial Crime Commission
·         In-depth reform in the judicial system
·         Introduction of private television
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email:  Website:
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