A half-day workshop focusing on the theme “Building a vibrant and sustainable cooperatives sector” was held today in presence of the Minister of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, at the National Cooperative College (NCC) in Terre Rouge.
In his address, Minister Bholah, underlined that the promotion of the cooperative model as an alternative way to doing business is critical to the socio-economic development of the country. However, he pointed out, the need to identify challenges are essential to better understand the sector and come up with appropriate initiatives for the benefit of the cooperatives.
Government, he highlighted, is providing assistance to encourage the setting up of additional start-ups and promote the training of cooperatives for them to venture in non-traditional and other emerging fields. He underscored that cooperatives need to opt for diversification and adopt new strategies to further stimulate their daily operations.
As regards the National Cooperative College, he stated that the institution is actively engaged in fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and innovation among the new generation. It is important that the public is informed about the different aid plans and schemes that are being provided by the Government, he added.
Some 75 participants from different cooperative societies and federations attended the workshop which was facilitated by the Secretary of Primary School Teachers Cooperative Credit Union Ltd, Mr S. Tengur and a resource person from the Open University of Mauritius, Ms T. Jutton. The session focussed on the Sustainable Cooperative Business and Best practices for cooperative Entrepreneurship as well as the challenges faced by the sector.
Site visit in Riche-Terre
The Minister also conducted a site visit at the Excellent Plastic Ltd (EPL) in Riche-Terre to take note of achievements accomplished by the entrepreneur. The EPL is engaged in the manufacture of bio-degradable plastic bags for packaging purposes, the recycling of plastic waste materials, the production of cloth bags amongst other products.

Source: Government of Mauritius