As a nation, we have to put our heads and our hands together to address the challenges facing our economy and our society at large so as to achieve improvement in the investment climate, jobs creation, the acceleration of economic growth and obviously the eradication of poverty.
This is the gist of the address of the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, while chairing the Second meeting of the Joint Public-Private Sector Steering Committee on December 15 at the Cyber Tower 1, BPML, Cybercity, in Ebène.
Prime Minister Jugnauth reiterated his plea to the private sector to make every possible effort to create jobs for the unemployed Mauritians and especially the youth while adding that Government will continue to make the necessary efforts to ensure stability, safety, security, facilitate business and ensure good governance in our country.
He recalled the main purpose of the Joint Public-Private Sector Steering Committee which he qualified as a privileged platform for Government and the Private Sector to interact and exchange ideas with a view to instil a healthy and conducive environment for the economy to flourish.
He further said that Government want to speed track various projects for the betterment of the population after having set a strong base this year and that the several interventions and proposals made at the first meeting are being addressed.
Sir Anerood enumerated the key potential sectors for the economy which according to him can help achieve the economic goals, namely, tourism, manufacturing, renewable energy, port linked activities, services including financial services, ICT, education, health care and more long term opportunities like in the Ocean Economy.
He further emphasised on a broader African strategy with particular focus on consolidating Mauritius as a cross border investment platform, a business, aviation and maritime hub.
In this regard, he announced the setting up of a third marine cable for the supply of internet to the public at large and to the business community by mid-2016. According to him, this will eventually bring a decrease in the internet price as well as a significant increase in the speed, which he qualified as a major step in the transformation of Mauritius into a digital economy which will serve as a major support to all businesses in their quest for better productivity.
Among his priorities, the Prime Minister also dwelt on introducing a third backbone based on the White Space Technology as well as improving the Air connectivity whereby he added that the Air Corridor Project linking the African Continent to Asia using Mauritius and Singapore as hubs, is making good progress.
Our vision in the longer term, he said, is to go beyond the concept of Air Corridor and to make it indeed an Economic Corridor joining the businesses of the African continent to those in Asia. On this score, he highlighted the positive developments in the tourism sector.
He also spoke on the Vision 2030 Blue Print, for which work has already started with the aim of producing the document at the earliest. The main objective of the Blue Print will be to guide on the ways and means to achieving the status of a high income economy which will be vibrant, sustainable and inclusive.
As regards the Small and Medium size Enterprises Sector, in addition to the one-stop-shop which is already operational, the Prime Minister added that the objective is not only to enhance the quality of Made in Mauritius products and services but also to provide entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to achieve standards consistent with export quality.
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