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April 2012

Forum sensitises Youth on World of Work
30 April - A half-day forum for students focusing on Origin of the Labour Day and, an exhibition on the world of work and the different services offered by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment are held at the Auditorium of the University of Mauritius, Réduit.

Export Markets - Presentation of Certificates
27 April – Certificates are presented to participants of a five-day workshop on Research and Analysing Export Markets organised, at Ebène, by the International Trade Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, and the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Women’s Role in Trade Unions
26 April – A two-day workshop at Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre Bornes, examines the Role of Women in Trade Unions. The objective is to push forward the increasing abilities of women in trade unions so that they (women) participate more actively in decision-making processes.

New Community Health Centre
26 April - The new Dr Mahler Community Health Centre at Cité La Cure is inaugurated.

Caravane de la Science
26 April The Caravane de la Science comes to Swami Sivananda State Secondary School, Bambous on the initiative of the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre to increase awareness and understanding among the students and the community on the important role that science and technology play in their daily lives.

Food safety - Initiatives to Promote Breadfruit
25 April – A series of activities to promote the production and consumption of breadfruit in Mauritius is launched by the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit at the Wooton Crop Research Station.

Environment - Management of Oil Spills at Sea
25 April - A three-day workshop on the management of oil spills at sea opens in Port Louis. It focuses on strategies for the protection of environment in Mauritius and the management of any disaster related to an accidental spill of petroleum products at sea.

SMEs - Information Campaign
25 April - A Campagne d'Information pour les PME, at the Montagne Blanche Social Welfare Centre, sensitises entrepreneurs on the various support schemes available.

Petroleum - Press Conference
24 April- The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection reassures the population that the temporary cessation of operations of the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited, an Indian Oil company, will have no impact on the supply of petroleum products in Mauritius.

Breadfruit - First Model Farm
24 April – The first model farm for the cultivation of breadfruit is launched in Pamplemousses. The aim is to strengthen Mauritius’ food security by reducing its dependency on imports and producing what is consumed locally.

Health – Signature of Agreement with UNFPA
24 April - An agreement is signed between the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the financing of the Country Programme Action Plan 2012-2015. The programme has been prepared and will be implemented by different stakeholders involved in the provision of sexual and reproductive health services.

Amendments to Labour legislation – Press Conference
23 April - The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment announces that amendments will be brought to the Employment Relations Act and the Employment Rights Act with a view to better protect workers, promote collective bargaining both in public and private enterprises and effectively strengthen tripartism and social dialogue.

Export Markets - Workshop
23 AprilFive–day workshop, at Ebène, on Research and Analysing Export Markets.

Mauritius APRM Plan of Action
23 AprilA two-day National African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Workshop is hosted at La Canelle, Domaine Les Pailles. It aims at facilitating the implementation of the recommendations contained in the National Plan of Action of the APRM Mauritius Country Report.

Sports- Training of Technical Cadres
23 April – Launching at the Phoenix Gymnasium of the Brevet d’Etat de cadre sportif (préparateur physique – niveau 1).

Vulnerable Children - Training Workshop
21 April – Training workshop in Port Louis to better understand the management of Shelters for vulnerable children.

Agriculture - Training to Improve Employability
19 April – Certificates are presented, in Moka, to some 520 participants having completed a 30-hour training programme on Professionalisation and Improving Employability in the Agricultural Sector. The programme is a joint initiative of the Human Resource Development Council and the Agricultural Research and Extension Unit.

Labour Day – Press Conference
19 April- The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment outlines a series of activities being organised by the Ministry in the context of Labour Day celebrated on 1st May.

Development of MID Policy, Strategy and Framework
19 April – Preparatory workshop, in Grand Bay, on the development of the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) policy and strategy and framework that will pave the way for the formulation of a coherent policy document on sustainable development for Mauritius.

Women Entrepreneurship Dedicated Website
19 April – The National Women Entrepreneur Council’s website is launched at the National Women Development Centre in Phoenix.

Spécial Vacances - Camp de Vacances
18 April – A three-day Camp de Vacances in the context of the Spécial Vacances programme brings together 40 deprived youth at Anse La Raie Youth Training Centre.

SADC ICT Sectoral Committee Meeting
18 April – The SADC ICT Sub-sector Committee Meeting (SADC SCOM) opens at Maritim Hotel, in Balaclava. The meeting reviews the activities of the SADC Secretariat so as to prepare for the SADC ICT Ministers’ Meeting scheduled for May 2012 in South Africa.

Cooperative Entrepreneurship - Empowering Women
18 April - Around 100 women entrepreneurs participate in a workshop on Empowering Women through Cooperative Entrepreneurship. It is organised, in the context of the International Year of Cooperatives, at the Grand Port/Savanne District Council in Rose Belle.

Swimming Courses - Press Conference
17 April - The Minister of Health and Quality of Life and the Minister of Youth and Sports announces the launching of free swimming initiation courses at public beaches on 22 April.

Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
17 April - The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, issues a press communiqué requesting Indian authorities for an early meeting of the Joint Working Group on the India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Convention following the measures announced by the Indian Government in its 2012 Budget speech.

Bilateral Relations – Mauritius/Finland
17 April – Ambassador Pasi Patokallio, Special Envoy, and Tiina Myllyntnausta, Ambassador of Finland to Mauritius with Residence in Pretoria (South Africa) call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.

SADC e-Commerce Workshop
16 AprilA two-day SADC e-Commerce Readiness Validation Workshop, in the context of the e-Commerce Readiness Study for the SADC sub-region, is hosted at the Maritim Hotel, Balaclava.

Mauritius-France - Simulation Exercise for Transfer of Pirates
14 April – A simulation exercise for the transfer of pirates is carried out jointly with French authorities on board French vessel Nivôse at Quay D in Port Louis. Representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Police Department, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, and the Attorney General’s Office participate.

Domestic Violence - Working session
14 April – Working session at Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre Bornes, with members of Zero Tolerance Clubs. These clubs (six island-wide) are engaged in enlisting the participation of the community in the fight against domestic violence.

Regional ICT Expo 2012
14 April – Launching, in Central Flacq, of the second edition of the ICT Expo on a regional basis to create more awareness on emerging technologies and to bring ICT closer to the citizens.

Credit Unions - Information Session
12 April - Information session on credit unions at the Floréal Women Centre for women co-operators of Lumière Cooperative Credit Union in the context of the International Year of Cooperatives.

Mini ‘Salon de Créativité’
12 April - Opening of a mini ‘Salon de Créativité’ at the Lady Sushil Ramgoolam Social Welfare Centre at Bel Air.

MIE - Graduation Ceremony
12 April - Some 100 students receive certificates after following either pre-primary, primary, secondary or post-graduate courses run by the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE). Recipients also include those who completed the Master’s in Education course offered by the University of Brighton in collaboration with the MIE.

Inauguration of new Fisheries Post
12 April – Inauguration of the Trou aux Biches Fisheries Post which provides services to the 186 fishermen of the region.

Arts and Culture - Residential Drama Workshop
12 April – The Residential Centre for Senior Citizens at Pointe aux Sables hosts a residential drama workshop for secondary school students.

ICT Expo 2012 - Press Conference
12 April – The Minister of Information and Communication Technology elaborates on ICT Expo 2012.

Revised proposed model for .mu
12 April – A Consultation Workshop, in Ebène, focuses on the revised proposed model for the Country Code Top Level Domain for Mauritius (.mu).

Draft Sectoral Gender Policies
12 April – A Validation Workshop on the Draft Sectoral Gender Policies for four Ministries is organised at Le Saint Georges Hotel, in Port Louis, by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.

Jeux de L’Espoir - Final of Dance Competition
12 April – The final of the Inter Youth Centre Dance Competition, in the context of the Volet Jeunesse of the 4th Edition of the Jeux de L’Espoir, sees the participation of around 70 young people at the Serge Constantin Theatre in Vacoas.

Passing Out parade of Trainee Prison Officers
11 April - A Passing Out Parade of 78 Trainee Prison Officers is held at the Parade Ground of the Prison Training School in Beau Bassin.

Commonwealth Youth Conference
11 April - A one-day Commonwealth Youth Conference at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Auditorium, Moka in the wake of the upcoming Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Mauritius in August 2012.

Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme
11 AprilThree-day Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme, at the Abercrombie Women Centre, targets 60 existing and potential women entrepreneurs.

Conference on FDI in Mauritius
11 April - One-day conference on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Mauritius. The conference enables discussions and sharing of views on FDI, its importance in the international economic system and its role as a catalyst to development.

Jeux de L’Espoir 2012
11 April – The Jeux de L’Espoir kick-start at the Pandit Sahadeo Gymnasium in Vacoas.

Arts and Culture – Press Conference
10 April- The Minister of Arts and Culture outlines the activities scheduled from 14 to 29 April 2012 to mark the International Day for Monuments and Sites and the World Heritage Day.

FSC and FRC sign MoU
10 April - The Financial Services Commission (FSC) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to ensure effective exchange of information in relation to financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance.

Gendered Impact of Climate Change
10 April – A three-day training of trainers programme on Gendered Impact of Climate Change is hosted at Gold Crest Hotel, in Quatre Bornes. It aims at increasing knowledge on mainstreaming gender in climate change and community-based adaptation programmes.

Work Placement for Students
9 April - Around 155 Secondary and Vocational School students from 30 institutions in Mauritius are offered a two-week work placement in some 30 organisations/institutions during the April 2012 school holidays. In this context, the Human Resource Development Council organises a one-day workshop at NG Tower, Cybercity, Ebène.

World Health Day/World Physical Activity Day
8 April - A series of activities is launched at Anse La Raie Youth Centre by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life in the context of the World Health Day and the World Physical Activity Day.

Jeux de l’Espoir - Preliminaries for Dance Competition
7 April – Preliminaries of an Inter Youth Centre Dance Competition, in the context of the Volet Jeunesse of the Jeux de L’Espoir, kick-start at the Helvetia Youth Centre.

Radiation Sources - MoU between MRA and RPA
5 April - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in relation to the import of radiation sources is signed between the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA) and the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA).

Housing - NHDC Syndics Receive Cheques
5 April - Syndics of National Housing Development Company (NHDC) estates of La Caverne, Plaine Verte, Camp Le Vieux, La Tour Koenig and Résidences aux Soleil, Poste de Flacq receive at Ebène Tower, cheques from the Ministry of Housing and Lands for the maintenance and management of these housing estates.

Gender Unit – Training to enhance service delivery
5 AprilA two-day Capacity Building Programme on Enhanced Service Delivery for officers of the Gender Unit of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is held at Le Saint Georges Hotel, in Port Louis.

Information Campaign for SMEs
4 April – Launching of a ‘Campagne d’information pour les PME’ at the Council Room of the Municipality of Port Louis. The aim is to sensitise Mauritian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be of the various facilities provided to them in the last budget.

Health - National Laboratory Services Policy
4 April - A workshop, in Quatre Bornes, focuses on the National Health Laboratory Services Policy.

MoU on Framework for Cardiac Services
4 April - A Memorandum of Collaboration on the preparation of the National Service Framework for Cardiac Services is signed, in Port Louis, by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and the University College London.

Reforms in the Civil Service
4 April - A one and a half-day workshop, in Port Louis, discusses the Draft Technical Overview Note prepared by the World Bank in line with the new reforms strategy in the Civil service.

Review of Outline Planning Schemes
4 April - The Review of Outline Planning Schemes for Municipal Council Areas is the theme of a national workshop organised by the Ministry of Housing and Lands at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles, with a view to developing a more flexible and responsive pattern of land use planning.

National Youth Achievement Award
4 April – Certificates and Bronze Award are presented, in Lallmatie, to young people from Manilall Doctor State Secondary School and Bon Accueil State College in the context of the National Youth Achievement Award programme.

Mauritius-Luxembourg Ties
4 April – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade receives, in Port Louis, the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Mr Jean Asselborn.

New National Women’s Council Bill
3 April –A consultative workshop focusing on the Draft National Women’s Council Bill, aiming to repeal the existing National Women’s Council Act and to replace it by a new one, opens at La Cannelle in Domaine Les Pailles.

EU Grants Rs 400 million to improve MDGs
3 April- Mauritius and the European Union (EU) sign Addendum No. 4 of the 10th EDF Country Strategy Paper which provides for an additional grant of Euro 10.2 million (approximately Rs 400 million) from the EU to improve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiatives in Mauritius.

Capacity Building Programme focuses on GBV
2 April – A Capacity Building Programme to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV) brings together, at Gold Crest Hotel, in Quatre Bornes, members of Area Domestic Violence Committees to improve their knowledge and understanding on the issue.