Mauritius cabinet notes project to enhance SME`s productivity and competitiveness.
It has also been agreed by the cabinet the implementation of a project for the Recognition of Prior Learning, the first of its kind in the field of social work, aimed at professionalising the social services sector. ( Image: Flickr)
The first cabinet decision which has taken place on January 09, 2015 has taken note of several projects aiming at improving the financial and economic landscape of Mauritius.
The Cabinet has taken note of the status of the project for the construction of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) Parks across the island with a view to provide support to entrepreneurs in the promotion and development of the SME sector.
The parks is expected to be set up in Roche Bois, La Tour Koenig, La Valette/ Bambous, Plaine Magnien, Solitude, Vuillemin/Quartier Militaire, Petit Bois/Caroline, Chebel, Henrietta and Mon Loisir/Gokhoola, where these units would be rented to entrepreneurs at a subsidized rate of 50% of the rental payable in the first three years of occupancy.
The SME sector actually plays a key role in the economic growth of the island as it contributes towards 40% of the GDP and provides employment to around 54% of the working population.
The Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives has also proposed to regroup entrepreneurs in clusters to create the required synergy so that SMEs can become more productive and enhance their competitiveness.
The cabinet has also agreed to the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands to negotiate on a new fishing agreement with the Government of the Republic of Seychelles.
The new fishing agreement would aim, amongst others, at sustaining the development of the Mauritius seafood hub, transhipping their catches in Mauritius Port, and supplying fish to processing factories.
In March 2005, two Fishing Agreements were signed on a reciprocity basis for fishing in each country’s waters and provided for vessels to fish for tuna and associated species.
It has also been agreed by the cabinet the implementation of a project for the Recognition of Prior Learning, the first of its kind in the field of social work, aimed at professionalising the social services sector.
An Industry Training Advisory Committee for social work has been set up with a view to generating unit standards and qualifications in the social sector, and making recommendations for the registration of the unit standards and qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework.
The Recognition of Prior Learning would enable social workers to: (a) have their experience recognised by obtaining a qualification; (b) enhance their employability; (c) pursue lifelong learning; and d) boost their self esteem and self confidence.
The Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, in collaboration with the UNDP, would therefore initiate the project on a pilot basis targeting 20 to 25 NGO volunteers.
In addition, the Cabinet has taken note that a regional workshop on World Trade Organization (WTO) issues for Parliamentarians from Member States of the Indian Ocean Commission and the East African Community would be held in Mauritius from February 9 to 11, 2015.
Finally, the main objective of the Workshop, organized by the WTO Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the ‘Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie’, is to enable parliamentarians to obtain a better understanding of the WTO rules and its functioning and to enhance the understanding of the Bali outcomes and the way forward to conclude the Doha Round of Negotiations.