Government’s vision is to usher Mauritius into a transformation phase to modernise its socioeconomic landscape to trigger development and progress on every front as well as to enhance the quality of life of the population. Mauritius topping the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2018 is indeed an international recognition of the country’s leap towards progress.

This statement was made by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday, during the inauguration of a village hall in Grand-Bois. The Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms, Mr Maneesh Gobin, and various other personalities were present.

In his address, the Prime Minister emphasised that key governmental projects that are primarily geared for long-term progress will revolutionise the infrastructural landscape of Mauritius to provide the population with sophisticated and modern facilities and services. Government is ensuring that the whole country including villages are taken onboard in this venture, he pointed out.

The setting up of the Grand-Bois village hall, said Prime Minister Jugnauth, bears testimony of Government’s commitment in ensuring that development is realised over the whole country. A budget of Rs 1 billion has been earmarked to support new Local Government projects to upgrade infrastructure across Mauritius, he indicated. The newly set up village hall, he said, is equipped with modern facilities and amenities to encourage recreational, social and physical activities within the community.

In addition, the Prime Minister spoke about the Sports for All Programme that Government has embarked on to promote the importance of adopting a sports culture. This will allow all citizens to lead a healthy lifestyle and reduce the major risk factors linked to non-communicable diseases, he stated.

Speaking about the drug scourge, Prime Minister Jugnauth reiterated Government’s resolute determination to wage war against the illegal and harmful activities of drug barons and drug traffickers in order to protect the population from being afflicted by this social ill. He lauded the work being undertaken at all levels by the Anti-Drug Smuggling Unit as well as other local authorities. The unprecedented number of crackdown operations, drug seizures and arrests attest the relentless efforts being deployed to better combat illicit drug trafficking, he highlighted. The combat against drug proliferation concerns every citizen and everyone should partake in this endeavour, he emphasised.

The Prime Minister also elaborated on various measures put in place by Government to uplift the quality of life of the population, namely: financial support to the population in particular the vulnerable ones through the Minimum wage, the Negative Income Tax, and subsidies on essential goods; and upgrading of road infrastructure across the island and modernising the transport system through the Metro Express project for a better connected country.

Government, he said, is also taking necessary measures to help create a new dynamism in the tea sector for it to flourish, and has made provision for a monthly income support for small planters during the three months winter period. Moreover, the Voluntary Retirement Scheme has been a key measure to address the daunting challenges and unfavourable conditions of the sugar industry, for the benefits of both workers and entrepreneurs.

For his part, Minister Gobin stated that Government has ushered Mauritius into a development phase and projects are being executed efficiently within time and with no additional cost. The village of Grand-Bois itself, he said, has known major infrastructural development such as the link road of Rivière du Poste-Grand-Bois, the eventual setting up of an incinerator, along with a modern village hall.

Furthermore, the Minister urged the community to make optimum use of the facilities of the Grand-Bois village hall. It will considerably help to strengthen unity and social relations in the region, he added.

Source: Government of Mauritius