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Conseil des ministres – Elections municipales renvoyées en raison de la situation actuelle dans le pays

Une des décisions du conseil des ministres du vendredi 7 mai porte sur les élections municipales. En vertu d’un nouveau projet de loi, le Local Government (Amendment),  qui sera présenté à l’Assemblée nationale, le président de la République agissant sous les conseils du Premier ministre, peut à travers Proclamation différer la tenue de ces élections. Une mesure qui selon le projet d’amendement est dictée par les conditions de crise sanitaire prévalant dans le pays.

Le communiqué du GIS :


The Cabinet met today under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister,

the Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. The highlights of the deliberations are as follows:

Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Local Government (Amendment) Bill into the

National Assembly. The object of the Bill is to, inter alia, amend the Local Government Act

so as to provide that, at any time, when:


a period of public emergency is in force in Mauritius; and


there is, or there is likely to be, an epidemic of a communicable disease in Mauritius

and a quarantine period is in force in Mauritius,

the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister, shall, by

Proclamation, extend, during such periods, from time to time the life of 6 years of the entire

Municipal City Council and Municipal Town Councils, or entire Village Councils, by not

more than one year at a time, provided that the life of the Councils shall not be extended for

more than 2 years.

Cabinet has taken note that the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development

would promulgate the Gambling Regulatory Authority (Personal Management Licence)

(Amendment) Regulations 2021 to provide for a requirement for additional senior officers of

all GRA licensees to hold a Personal Management Licence. The objective is to ensure that

only fit and proper persons are appointed in these positions, given the high-risk nature of the

gambling sector. The amendment would ensure compliance with the Financial Action Task

Force (FATF) Recommendation 28 on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing

of Terrorism.

Cabinet has taken note that the Bank of Mauritius would promulgate with the approval of

the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, the Banking (Processing

and Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 which would allow the Bank of

Mauritius to consider the possibility of waiving the payment by financial institutions of

licence fees, or their refund where:


the Central Bank has, on account of an exceptional event, authorised a temporary

cessation of the operations of the financial institution or the closure of one or more of

its branches for a period of more than three months; or


the financial institution is able to demonstrate to the Central Bank that it has

experienced a period of reduced business activities for more than three months due to

an exceptional event.Page 2 of 4

The Banking Act was amended through the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 to

remove the licensing and supervision of money lenders from the purview of the Bank of

Mauritius and transfer this responsibility to the Financial Services Commission. Provision is

being made in the Banking (Processing and Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

to also revoke Regulations 9 and Part VIII of the Schedule to the Banking (Processing and

Licence Fees) Regulations 2015, which relates to the moneylender licence.

The Banking (Processing and Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 would be

deemed to have come into operation on 01 July 2020.

Cabinet has taken note of the measures contained in the Roadmap for 2021-2024 for

Improving Water Supply Service, particularly in water-stressed regions, during the dry

season. The Roadmap has been formulated by the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities in

collaboration with the Central Water Authority. It aims at addressing the service deficiency,

particularly in the dry spell and is based on the following strategies:


Strategy 1: Redesign the water supply chain;


Strategy 2: Interconnect as much as possible water supply zones to enhance water

supply security;


Strategy 3: Minimise use of Dam water in the wet season, except in case of



Strategy 4: Divert excess water from rivers into existing Dams;


Strategy 5: Use tailrace water of CEB hydro plants for potable purposes;


Strategy 6: Wider use of water treatment technologies and new storage technologies;



Strategy 7: Upgrade the relevant supply network infrastructure to reduce non

revenue water.

The Roadmap recommends implementation of projects for optimal water mobilisation,

treatment and new distribution network, in each of the six District Water Supply systems,

while taking into account water supply shortages in the dry periods, the demand for water

over period 2020-2024 and the supply gaps, including losses in the network.

Cabinet has agreed to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between:


the Mauritius Meteorological Services and Société Virieux; and


the Mauritius Meteorological Services and Bioculture (Mauritius) Ltd

with the objective of setting up Automatic Rain-Gauge Stations.Page 3 of 4

The Mauritius Meteorological Services has 30 Automatic Rain-Gauge Stations across

Mauritius which are used to collect data to make reliable forecasting and projections. There

is a need for such stations in the eastern and southern parts of Mauritius.

Cabinet has agreed to the Small Farmers Welfare Fund providing financial assistance of

Rs2,000 per arpent in favour of planters, under the Agricultural Calamities Solidarity

Scheme, who have suffered losses following the torrential rainfall which occurred in March

2021 and as from 16 April 2021. In addition, a one-off compensation of Rs4,000 per arpent

would be granted to planters in order to provide better support to planters in restarting their

plantations, taking into consideration the factors of production that would be required

immediately namely seeds, land preparation and fertilisers.

Cabinet has taken note of the proposed actions for implementation of flood mitigation

measures following the recent floods which impacted several high risk regions. In the

context of the Land Drainage Master Plan initiated by the Land Drainage Authority, the

south eastern coast has been studied in a holistic approach and actions have been

recommended for long term and sustainable solutions.

Cabinet has also taken note of the status of implementation of drain projects by the

National Development Unit.

Cabinet has taken note of the implementation of the Comprehensive Grant Formula by the

Private Secondary Education Authority, especially in respect of the disbursement of grants

to private secondary schools for the next quarter, i.e. April to June 2021.

Cabinet has taken note of the publication of an Indicative Schedule of Rates for construction

works by the Construction Industry Development Board. The rates have been determined

after an extensive market survey and consultations amongst stakeholders of the construction


Cabinet has taken note of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic prevailing across the

world. With regard to Mauritius, as at 7 May 2021, 1,251 cases (including imported cases)

of COVID-19 had been registered. There were 62 active cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius,

out of which 47 were local cases and 15 imported cases. However, five cases have been

detected in the region of Camp Diable on 6 May 2021 and an Order has been made to

declare that region as a Red Zone. Contact tracing exercises and random testing are being

carried out in accordance with the established protocol. The public should observe strict

sanitary precautions.

Cabinet has also taken note of progress in the implementation of the national

COVID-19 vaccination programme and arrangements being made to administer the second

dose of vaccine.

Cabinet has agreed to the participation of a Mauritian delegation comprising three judokas

and a coach in the 42nd Senior African Judo Championships to be held in Dakar, Senegal,

from 20 to 23 May 2021.Page 4 of 4

Cabinet has taken note of the status of Working From Home practice in the Public Service

during the last confinement period. Out of 14,000 public officers providing

non-essential services and excluding those in the Education Sector, 2,214 public officers are

working from home in 42 Ministries/Departments, representing 16 percent of Public

Officers in the non-essential sector. Appropriate measures were being taken to promote the

Work-From-Home culture which would be part of the new normal in the post COVID-19


Government Information Service

Prime Minister’s Office

7 May 2021

Port Louis

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