Fair distribution of national wealth to be guiding principle: Mauritius PM
To ensure economic revival, Sir Anerood said that his government’s focus will be on the creation of new economic pillars in collaboration with the private sector, while expressing belief in the competence of Mauritians. (Image: This is Africa)
‘I have always stood for a fair distribution of national wealth and this will continue to be the guiding principle during my present mandate as Prime Minister. Together we will strive to take the country forward and make Mauritius once again a model of economic development coupled with social justice.’
This was one of the key elements highlighted by Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth in his New Year address to the nation on January 01, 2015, where he dwelt at length on the economic and social agenda of Government and the consolidation of democracy.
To ensure economic revival, Sir Anerood said that his government’s focus will be on the creation of new economic pillars in collaboration with the private sector, while expressing belief in the competence of Mauritians.
He also called upon citizens to favour a work culture based on effort, which is what has always enabled Mauritius to progress.
“The Government will devote all efforts to the revival of the economy and also has the ambition to make of Mauritius a nation of entrepreneurs,” he stressed.
Moreover, the Prime Minister invoked the importance of ensuring social justice alongside economic progress.
On that note, he referred to the series of social measures already taken by Government such as the increase in old age pension rates to Rs 5,000 and increase in other basic pension rates, and the salary compensation of Rs 600 granted to all employees of both the public and private sectors.
“All these initiatives have laid the foundation for social stability in the country,” he said.
As regards public institutions, an Action Plan is being prepared to ensure a better utilisation of funds and resources and prevent wastage.
In this context, a special monitoring unit is being set up which will be directly answerable to the Prime Minister.
Moreover, transparency and meritocracy will be key recruitment factors at top management level.
“2015 will be the year of institutional reform and the start of national reconstruction,” the PM went on to note.
Finally, “on the local administration front, the Local Government Act will be amended to enhance regional democracy,” the PM said.
Sir Anerood also announced the setting up, in the coming days, of a Commission of Enquiry on drugs and appealed to the population to come forward and denounce the mafia.