GIS - 16 October 2014: ILO consultant Mr Francois Eyraud paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, yesterday at the Treasury Building in Port Louis. He was accompanied by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed.
Freelance expert on labour and development issues, Mr Eyraud has held a range of senior positions within the International Labour Organisation for more than 20 years. He is in Mauritius in the context of a national tripartite workshop being held from 15 to 16 October 2014 at Maritime Hotel, Balaclava. The objective of the workshop is to examine the recommendations of the draft Report of the Study on the Introduction of a National Minimum Wage in the private sector
During the courtesy call, discussions focused, among others, on the workshop on the introduction of a national minimum wage. Mr Eyraud shared with the Prime Minister his first impressions of the first day of meeting with national stakeholders which he deemed ‘encouraging’ in terms of coming up with appropriate solutions to the minimum wage issue.
Speaking on his first visit in Mauritius in 1978 which was followed by other trips in the 1990s, Mr Eyraud stated that he was impressed by the country’s ability to adapt to different situations while pursuing its development. Regarding the evolution of the labour market, he highlighted that Mauritius has to face challenges, similar to those of rich countries. “The country has to obviously uphold a reasonable standard of living for its citizens as well as withstand international competition from emerging countries”, he said, adding that Brazil, though not the same size of Mauritius, is facing similar issues.
Mr Eyraud holds a "Doctorat d’État ès Sciences économiques” from the Faculté des Sciences économiques of the Université d’Aix-Marseille II, France. He has prepared the draft Report being presented at the workshop with the collaboration of Dr Verena Tandrayen-Ragoobur, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Head of the Department of Economics and Statistics at the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities of the University of Mauritius.
The report entitled ‘The Minimum Wage Fixing Challenge in Mauritius’ aims to provide stakeholders with operating tools to help them understand the way of elaborating a minimum wage system.
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