Mauritius’ President urges austerity in an economically difficult 2014
President KailashPurryag warned that competition will be more severe and Mauritians will have more challenges to tackle. (Image: Ghana News)
The President of Mauritius, Kailash Purryag, has cautioned that the common man may have to be ready to make more sacrifices in 2014 because the economic situation will remain difficult.
Warning that competition will be even more severe and Mauritians will have greater challenges to tackle, he added that it was important for the island economy to develop its human resources.
In his Christmas Day speech, the President also pointed out that education is the key to reduce poverty and to increase social and economic development.
He said that education needs to be given priority to continue developing human resources both because of the difficult economic situation as well as aggressive competition.
Parents’ play an important role in the future of their child and this does not depend on how much money they possess, he noted, adding that it is only through education that the child of a laborer can become a doctor, an entrepreneur or even a Head of State.
The President then took the example of Nelson Mandela who once referred to education as the most powerful tool which man can use to transform the world.
The President highlighted that Rs 15 billion is being invested in the education sector, which will shape the future of the economy.
Education is the only route to enhancing the quality of Mauritians lives, ensuring a better future for the children as well as for the island, he stressed.
Noting that education is a partnership among teachers, parents and children themselves, the President concluded with a call for greater discipline in school.