Budget Expectations Survey: What the common man expects from Budget 2015
Of the 575 respondents surveyed by AfricaMoney under its Budget Expectations Survey, as many as 422 declared that corruption was the single biggest problem facing the Mauritian economy today.
At the eve of Budget 2015, AfricaMoney gives you an inside view on the expectations of the common man in Mauritius from the upcoming announcement. Our survey brings to the fore the people’s concerns on corruption and unemployment, their bullishness on the tourism sector which crossed the 1 million mark last year, as well as their faith in sustainable development on the back of the Maurice Ile Durable project.
What is the single biggest issue facing the economy today?
Corruption emerged as the biggest concern plaguing people in the island economy, followed closely by unemployment.
As seen from the graph, 422 of the 575 respondents surveyed by AfricaMoney under its Budget Expectations Survey declared that corruption was the single biggest problem facing the economy today. Unemployment and lack of infrastructure were the other problems pinpointed with the island economy.
Tourism surfaced as the popular choice, having achieved the 1-million tourist mark last year, with the emerging sector of ICT coming a close second.
Of the sectors with the maximum potential to power the economy, the tourism sector got the people’s vote, with 338 respondents opting for this sector as a driving force for the Mauritian economy. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector followed on its heels, with 322 respondents surveyed giving a thumbs-up to this emerging arena of the economy. The education sector came next, with 189 respondents expressing the belief that investments in this sector were essential to take the economy forward. The people’s focus on this sector also ties in with their concerns on job creation and unemployment, as highlighted in the first question under the survey.
What are your expectations from Budget 2015?
Reduction in prices of essential items was the single biggest expectation that people professed from the upcoming Budget, with 220 respondents opting for this measure.
Next up, in line with the concerns on unemployment, 158 respondents opted for measures to support growth and create employment as the second area of focus for the surveyed population.
Which measure of Budget 2014 would you like the government to build on?
Of all measures of Budget 2014 that members of the public would like the current budget to build on, increase in duty on products like alcohol and tobacco emerged as a focus area, with 238 of the respondents surveyed eying the same as a source of funding planned investments.
Abolition of CPE and introduction of 9 year schooling emerged as the next measure in Budget 2014 which got a thumb’s up from the public, and came to the fore as a measure that the government could further build on in the upcoming budget.
Is sustainable development possible for a developing economy?
Finally, more than 75% of those surveyed felt that the economy and environment should grow side by side, giving a thumbs up to the concept of sustainable development outlined in the Mauritius Ile Durable program.
A total of 575 individuals were surveyed under our Budget Expectations survey which comprised people from all walks of life – homemakers, professionals, businessmen and retirees. More than two thirds of those who chose to respond to the survey were women while the average household size of respondents was three. The survey was conducted over a period of 6 months starting September 2014.
- From the editor’s desk, with inputs from Chumeshwari Dindoyal, Dooshika Conhoyea, Girija Gungabissoon, Hanshika Sukai, Karishma Shanto, Kashish Jadoo, Pakyalakshimee Carpayen and Yanishka Prima Luximon