GIS – 21 May, 2020: The Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Jugnauth, announced
the presentation of the Budget 2020/21 for 4 June 2020, and stressed that the
first and foremost priority of his Government is to preserve employment, in a
statement to the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) tonight. He also
answered questions regarding the forthcoming Budget and
the impact of the Covid-19 on the Mauritian economy.
He spoke of his meeting this afternoon, with the Minister of Finance,
Economic Planning and Development, Dr. Renganaden Padayachy, in the presence of
the Financial Secretary, Mr. Dev Manraj, to take stock of the three days of
pre-budget consultations which ended today.
Following this meeting, the Prime Minister answered questions from the MBC.
He recalled that this is an unprecedented crisis and no one knows when it will
end. “We, therefore, need to prepare for the many challenges that will come our
way,” he added.
He made an appeal to all stakeholders to collaborate so as to get the
country out of this crisis and back on track. He also spoke about several issues,
namely on the measures taken by the authorities to preserve employment,
guarantee the salaries of employees, and financially assist the most vulnerable
of the society and those working in the informal sector.
Recalling that, according to the International Monetary Fund, the world
economy will not recover before several years, Mr. Jugnauth stressed that his Government
has set as specific priorities the relaunch of investments and economic
activities in the country.
As for the Covid-19 situation in Mauritius, the Prime Minister believes
that the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus, have proved
successful as the country has not recorded any new positive case since the last
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