Over the past 50 years, Mauritius has laid the foundation of an inclusive and equitable nation where people of different religious and cultural beliefs live in unity. We should all join hands to promoting an environmentally sustainable society, which nurtures respect of elders, valorises the role of women, inculcates values to the youth and endorses a healthy way of living.
This was the gist of the message to the Nation of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on 12 March 2018 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Independence Day and 26th anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius.
The Prime Minister highlighted that Mauritius, for the past fifty years, has maintained its unity through the endorsement of values such as tolerance, peace and solidarity. The country as an independent nation is striving to provide the prerequisites through the various facilities put to the avail of the citizens as regards enhancing their quality of life. Health, social harmony and sustainable environment are key elements that should be consolidated to moulding a prosperous Mauritius, he added.
As regards the elderly population, Prime Minister Jugnauth underscored that they should be treated with due respect for the valuable contribution in the struggle of the country's accession to an independent nation. He called upon the elders to share their life experiences adding that they represent a key pillar of the society. Government, he stated, is providing various measures to cater for the needs of the elderly and also ensuring that they have access to good health care services and facilities.
Speaking of the role of women, the Prime Minister emphasised that since independence, the country has witnessed major progress as regards women empowerment. He commended the contributions of women in all societal spheres from caring for the family, engaging in household chores to performing professionally. He urged the population to give due recognition to the Women for their involvement in the socio-economic development of the country.
Referring to the youth, he underpinned that the youth has a huge duty towards the future development of the country adding that they should be instilled with values so as to become responsible citizens. With regard to social scourges that are negatively impacting the society, the youth should be cautioned on the need to make judicious choices for their individual progress, he underlined. The Prime Minister emphasised that Government, through various programmes, is determined to support the youth for the development of their competencies and capabilities.
Regarding the Chagos Archipelago, Prime Minister Jugnauth reaffirmed the commitment of Government to ensure that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Mauritius are fully safeguarded and added that it has always been the unequivocal stand of Mauritius that the Chagos Archipelago forms an integral part of the Mauritian territory. He reiterated that Mauritius, with the support and solidarity of other countries, will redouble its efforts in the pursuit of the sovereignty of Chagos Archipelago.
On this memorable occasion, the Prime Minister also paid tribute to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed and Sookdeo Bissoondoyal for their unflinching support to the Mauritian independence movement fifty years ago.
Source: Government of Mauritius