GIS – 6 November 2014: The Trust Fund Agreement for the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) Programme for the manufacturing sector was signed yesterday in Port Louis by the Executive Chairman of the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Commission, Mr. Osman Mahomed, and the United Nations Development Programme Representative, Mr. Simon Springett. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mrs. Asha Burrenchobay, was also present.
This endorsement of the Trust Fund Agreement for RECP follows the signature of the project document last week in Vienna by Mrs. Burrenchobay, and the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Mr Li Yong.
The main objectives of the RECP programme are to promote greening of participating enterprises and improve productivity and competitiveness. The focus of the three-year programme is on capacity building with regard to the implementation of preventive environmental management and resource productivity in the industry sector.
The programme which is funded to the tune of € 400 000 by the government through the MID Commission, together with UNIDO’s contribution of € 80 250, forms part of the MID Policy, Strategy and Action Plan.
In his address, Mr. Mahomed recalled that this programme is a priority area of the Green economy and will be funded by the MID Fund to the tune of Rs 17 million to cover 20 pilot enterprises in food processing, textile, chemicals, and light engineering sectors. The chosen sectors are based on their current and anticipated contributions to the economy, as well as their potential for job creation and development of SMEs, and their significant resource and pollution footprints.
“We are leaving no stones unturned in our quest to mitigate the ecological footprint of our country into prosperity”, he pointed out.
According to Mr. Mahomed, the RECP programme may be extended to enable the manufacturing sector to meet the requirements of buyers to low carbon footprint products, use fewer resources, and adopt appropriate technologies, thus maximising profits and improving competitiveness.
For his part, Mr. Springett said that the programme will promote the development of a green industry and encourage enterprises to adopt cleaner production techniques. Through the implementation of RECP programme methods and practices, enterprises will be able to increase resource productivity as well as decrease pollution intensity.
Mrs. Burrenchobay pointed out that the programme will enable development of capacity in delivering RECP services to Mauritian enterprises through the training of 20 national experts and Government officials.
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