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Logistics and Transport sectors to transform into major drivers of growth and development, says Prime Minister

Date: March 09, 2016
Domain:Public Infrastructure
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen
 

GIS - 09 March, 2016: Government wants to accelerate development in the Logistics and Transport sectors so as to transform Mauritius into a Logistics and Transport hub in the region. To that end, massive investments are being made in the road, sea and air infrastructure.
This statement was made this morning by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, in his keynote address at the opening of the two-day Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Africa Forum 2016 which is being held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava. He further said that the forum is being organised at an opportune time when the Logistics and Transport sector in Mauritius is witnessing several reforms. The sector, he added, contributes to 5.8% of the GDP of Mauritius and is a key enabler for the manufacturing, trade and services sector.
The Prime Minister recalled that Rs 75 billion have been earmarked in the Public Sector Programme for road upgrading, wastewater and water sectors and electricity for the next five years. Another Rs 15 billion will be injected in the road decongestion programme over a period of five years. As regards the port infrastructure, Sir Anerood Jugnauth highlighted that Rs 9.5 billion will be earmarked over the next five years to transform Port Louis harbour into a modern port. The aim, he said, is to increase sea connectivity with other African ports, create jobs, develop a dedicated cruise terminal, fishing port and bunkering hub.
As regards air transport, the Prime Minister said that several measures have been taken to transform Mauritius into Indian Ocean’s biggest aviation hub. These include: signing of an agreement with Singapore’s Changi airport for the creation of an air corridor which will help Mauritius to bridge Asia and Africa and vice versa; and the implementation of an air cargo village for the exports of goods and services. The number of destinations and frequencies in Africa has also been increased and Air Mauritius is planning to operate as from May this year to Dar es Salaam and Maputo, he said. Other destinations such as Harare, Lusaka, Mbabane and Gaborone will be added to the Air Mauritius network in the coming months.
For his part, the Chairman of CILT Mauritius, Mr Naden Padayachi said that Africa is poised to be the next economic powerhouse of the world, while adding that the Logistics and Transport sector is called upon to play a significant role in the economic growth of several African nations.
The Africa Forum 2016
The Africa Forum 2016 is being organised at the joint initiative of CILT Mauritius and CILT UK. Over 150 high profile transport and logistics delegates, from across the Africa region, are attending Forum.
The theme of the forum ‘Exploring Africa Hub-Logistics and Transport as Growth Drivers’ will focus on Mauritius as well as other potential hubs for the various modes of transport, providing opportunities to enable economic growth through increasing logistics and transport professionalism.                                                                                                                                                                                            
 CILT Mauritius
CILT Mauritius is an association which groups together some 300 professionals from the transport and transport related sectors in Mauritius. It is a body that acts as a think tank in the formulation and implementation of national transport policies. The CILT Mauritius is affiliated to the International Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport based in London.
The CILT International has a chartered status conferred by the Royal Charter of England. CILT International has a network of Councils and Sections in over 30 countries serving the interests of more than 45,000 professionals of the logistics and transport sector.
Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: gis@govmu.org  Website:http://gis.govmu.org
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