Mauritius increases investment in human resources
Mauritius’s Minister of Education and Human Resources, Vasant Bunwaree, stated that the total budget expenditure for education and training stood at Rs 12.6 billion in 2013, up 30% from Rs 9.7 billion in 2011. (Image: Government of Mauritius)
The small island nation of Mauritius is all geared up to convert its 1.2 million-odd population into an economic strength rather than a resource constraint as it ups its investment in human resources. Addressing 200 delegates at an international human resource development conference, Mauritius’s Minister of Education and Human Resources, Vasant Bunwaree, stated that the total budget expenditure for education and training stood at Rs 12.6 billion in 2013, up 30% from Rs 9.7 billion in 2011.
The two-day conference kicked-off yesterday at the Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius and aims to share valuable human resource development perspectives, best practices and insights on dealing with human resource development issues.
Organised at the initiative of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), the conference, themed Excellence in Human Resource Development for Sustainable Growth, will focus on how businesses are managing and empowering their people to be successful in times of crisis. It seeks to raise awareness, identify and promote good HR practices and foster regional and international cooperation for capacity building.
Bunwaree pointed out that HR is the nexus of all key functions of an organisation while highlighting that HRDC is playing a key role in joining up a wide range of initiatives to achieve the government’s vision to have a creative and competent human resource pool. The government is investing massively in education and continuous training so that every Mauritian can be empowered with necessary skills to enjoy a good living standard, he noted.
The minister listed out the policies chalked out by the government to boost youth employability and bring down unemployment. Currently, several measures are being implemented to train and re-skill employees so that they can adapt to the changing needs of the labour market.
Next, Raj Auckloo, director, HRDC, stated that in the complex fast-paced workplace today, good management of human capital is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage. Human capital is the very foundation for productivity and growth and as such it is important to acknowledge that human resources constitute the backbone of a country’s economy, he added.
Finally, Dhananjay Ramful, chairman, HRDC noted that most nations are facing the unprecedented challenge of meeting the demand for skilled labour and face the risks of providing jobs to citizens who do not meet role requirements. The pursuit of globalisation of business coupled with the desire to keep the cost of operation minimum will force HR sector to redefine its role, he added.
Source: Government of Mauritius