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Mauritius cabinet notes launch of National Employment Policy framework

Mauritius cabinet notes launch of National Employment Policy framework

The main objectives of the National Employment Policy framework are to take into account the specific aspects of the labor market as well as issues that require urgent attention, such as female and youth unemployment (Image: Government of Mauritius)

The Mauritius cabinet took note of several measures taken recently to address financial and economic challenges in Mauritius, in its meeting held on September 19, 2014.

The cabinet particularly noted the launch of the National Employment Policy, which is an operational document that aims to address clearly identified challenges and opportunities for achieving specific quantitative and qualitative employment objectives.

The main objectives of the National Employment Policy framework are to take into account the specific aspects of the labor market as well as pertinent issues that require urgent attention, with stress on female and youth unemployment; employment of vulnerable groups; skills mismatch; and lack of synergy among Ministries and Departments involved in employment promotion.

Concerning the tourism sector, the cabinet noted the Master Plan for the Zoning and Management of Lagoon that seeks to provide a framework for proper planning and judicious management of nautical activities, enhances safety and security at sea, as well as to protect our biodiversity, fragile ecosystem and seascape.

Further, to enhance the social and economic development of Agalega and to enable its inhabitants to enjoy a better quality of life and higher standard of living, the cabinet observed that Agalega would benefit from additional satellite bandwidth capacity.

On public transport and infrastructure, the cabinet agreed for part of the Black River Road, over 450 m, to be deviated and de-proclaimed, and a new access road of 800 m, adjacent to the existing Black River Road, to be proclaimed.

This move seeks to achieve twin aims of providing safe access to the nearby primary school in the region of Tamarin and a more comfortable traffic circulation.

Moving on, as Mauritius’ International Trade Minister Arvin Boolell was in Singapore to participate in the Sub-Saharan Africa High Level Ministerial Exchange Visit, the cabinet noted the outcome of the minister’s recent mission, which aimed at strengthening the engagement between Singapore and selected African countries.

Additionally, the cabinet took note of the outcome of the latter’s official visit to New Zealand where he visited the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd and had discussions with his counterpart Murray McCully on bilateral issues, as well as cooperation in the fields of geothermal energy and fisheries, and the recruitment of workers in the fields of horticulture and viticulture.

In this context, the cabinet also noted that Boolell, together with Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy, participated in the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held in Samoa, where both ministers held one-on-one meetings with their counterparts from across SIDS.

For saving the environment, the Cabinet took note of the activities that would be organised to mark the Clean up The World 2014 Day, under the theme “Our Place… Our Planet… Our Responsibility”, consisting of the launch of clean-up campaigns as well as collection and recycling of electronic and electrical waste at household level.

Finally, the cabinet took note of the technical assistance provided by the Labour Ministry in the fields of Occupational Safety and Health to Qatar to help improve health and safety standards in workplaces and foster better cooperation between the two countries.

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