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Mauritius to get Fast Track Steering Committee to speed development projects

Mauritius to get Fast Track Steering Committee to speed development projects

Mauritius Prime Minister Aneerod Jugnauth has taken these initiatives in order reduce the infrastructural development disparity between cities and villages.(Image: motors.mega.mu)

Mauritius’ National Development Unit (NDU), which now falls under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s office, will undergo several changes to better serve the population.

The cabinet of Ministers decided last Friday to set up a Fast Track Steering Committee for the early implementation of projects. It has also been proposed to instal an updated Project Management System, a project monitoring software that would enable the NDU to better monitor its projects.

Mauritius Prime Minister Aneerod Jugnauth has taken these initiatives in order reduce the infrastructural development disparity between cities and villages.

The Prime Minister has met the Parliamentary Private Secretaries, and explained his vision and how the Unit should be reengineered so that it can better serves the population. 

Accordingly, to expedite civil works projects, the NDU will adopt the Framework Agreement of the Procurement Policy Office for the rehabilitation of roads.

Moreover, is also envisaged to adopt the Framework Agreement for the Construction and Upgrading of Roads and Associated Civil Works to be devised by the Procurement Policy Office.

The preparation of a procedure manual to better plan and monitor projects, particularly in respect to variation works, extension of time, and liquidated damages, is also in the pipeline.

The Land Drainage Authority will also steer an urgent project to oversee the construction of drains through the country.

The Road Development Unit for its part will issue a call for tenders and will go through the usual selection process to grant project contracts of less than Rs 100 million to entrepreneurs.

As for projects costing more than Rs 100 million, these will concern the Procurement Board Exchange, which will make relevant recommendations. Moreover, for the grant of these contracts, two criteria will be considered: the financial and technical aspects.

From now on, young contractors will have the opportunity submit their offers to the RDA for works considered important for national development. It will be necessary for their offer that they show their ability in both quantitative and qualitative terms.

The National Development Unit operates to contribute towards the enhancement of the quality of life through three main activities:

Provision of community-based infrastructure and amenities
Implementation of land drainage programme
Provision of information, advice and related services to empower citizens

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