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January 2013

Health - Certificate Award Ceremony
31 January Certificates are presented to the staff of the Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Victoria Hospital, Candos, Quatre-Bornes, following successful completion of a training programme.
Youth and Entrepreneurship Forum
31 JanuaryNational Forum, at Octave Wiéhe Auditorium, focuses on Youth and Entrepreneurship.  The objectives are to enable fruitful interactions between the youth and major stakeholders in the field of entrepreneurship.  Around 600 young people participate.  The forum regroups under one roof all service providers in entrepreneurship.
Consultative meeting on Large Scale Experimental Wheat Cultivation
31 January - A half-day consultative meeting on Experimental Wheat Cultivation–Phase 2 is organised by the Mauritius Research Council at its headquarters in Ebène for representatives of the private sector, research institutions and growers. The objectives are to discuss and plan a road map for large scale wheat cultivation in Mauritius and identify as well as define the responsibilities of the various stakeholders involved in the project.
SME Road Show
30 January - The SME Road Show is launched at the Farmers’ Service Centre in St Pierre. Its objective is to disseminate information to SMEs to allow them take stock of the various incentives and facilities offered by support institutions.
Health Track Inaugurated
30 January A Health Track at L’Espérance Trebuchet is jointly inaugurated by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Cottage Health Club Inaugurated
30 January The Cottage Health Club at the Cottage Village Hall is inaugurated by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in collaboration with the Rivière du Rempart District Council and the Cottage Village Council.
IMF Consultation Mission in Mauritius – Press Conference
30 January – The head of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) consultation mission in Mauritius, Mr Martin Petri, during a press conference, highlights the good performance of the Mauritian economy and says that Gross Domestic Product growth rate is projected to increase to 3.7% for the year 2013, subject to a strong growth in the fisheries, information and communication technology and financial services sectors.
Youth Employment Programme
29 January - The Youth Employment Programme to the tune of Rs 330 million is launched so as to assist Mauritian unemployed youth in the age group of 16 to 30 years to obtain training/ placement.
2013 Edition of Science Adventure
29 January - Science Adventure 2013, a project-based contest for all primary and secondary schools, is launched by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre. Science Adventure enables participants to investigate issues related to science and technology using the scientific method. It also provides students with the opportunity to enhance their written and verbal communication skills.
Trade Facilitation Assessment Workshop
28 JanuaryFour-day Trade Facilitation Assessment Workshop, aiming to make a comprehensive audit of the measures that exist especially at the level of customs to facilitate trade and identify possible constraints and bottlenecks that will have to be removed to further facilitate imports and exports, opens in Port Louis.  It is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade in collaboration with the World Trade Organisation and the World Customs Organisation.  Some 40 representatives from various Ministries and institutions as well as from the private sector participate.
Mauritius-India Joint Working Committee
28-30 January - Second Joint Working Committee between Mauritius and India opens in Port Louis. Following the event, five Memoranda of Understanding are signed in a bid to allow better collaboration between both countries in the textile and clothing sector.
Launching of National Diploma in General Nursing
28 January - Launching, in Réduit, of the National Diploma in General Nursing and Top-up Programme Leading to Diploma in General Nursing.  On that occasion, certificates are awarded to Nursing Officers.
Mauritius Light Rail Transit - Multi-criteria workshop
28 January - A two-day multi-criteria workshop, between technical officials from Singapore and Mauritius, is held prior to the floating of the international expression of interest scheduled for mid-February 2013 as regards the Mauritius Light Rail Transit (MLRT) project. Thereafter, firms/consortia that will pre-qualify from this initial bidding exercise will be shortlisted to participate in a request for proposals (tender) in September 2013.  The first phase of the MLRT project will be implemented from Curepipe to Port Louis as an alternative mode of transport.   Works are scheduled to start by October 2014.
Industry - Press Conference
25 January - The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, during a press conference in Port Louis, reviews progress achieved pertaining to 2012 projects.  The Minister also enumerates a number of important projects scheduled for 2013.
Auction sheet for second-hand cars
25 January - The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection amends Regulations, effective as from 1 March 2013, to make it mandatory for every importer of second-hand motor vehicles to submit an auction sheet. The auction sheet is an important document which is issued by the auctioneers certifying the details of the vehicle.
Whole wheat flour to be subsidised
25 January - The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection announces that in addition to white wheat flour, the STC will also purchase whole wheat flour, which will also be used in the production of bread. It is expected that this will encourage consumption of healthier bread made with whole wheat flour which will be sold at the same price as bread made of white wheat flour. At present bread with whole wheat flour is three times more expensive than bread made with white wheat flour.
Workshop focuses on Non-Tariff Measures
24 JanuaryA stakeholders’ consultative workshop on Non-Tariff Measures (NTM) opens at Le Meridien Hotel, Balaclava.  It is organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade is in collaboration with the International Trade Centre.  NTM cover a wide range of issues, including sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical regulations, certification requirements, licensing requirements amongst others
Career Fair on Accounting Profession
24 January - A two-day Career Fair organised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Career Fair is held at CyberTower 1, Ebène. The objectives are to create awareness on career opportunities in the finance and accounting sector, inform young people on the different learning providers and offer a platform between jobseekers and employers.
Year 3 Programme for Prevocational Students Launched
22 January - The Year 3 Programme for Prevocational students is jointly launched by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development. This new strategy provides flexibility of access between programmes and institutions, and facilitates transition for a larger number of students to vocational education and/or the labour market.
Formulation of a Migration Profile for Mauritius
21 January- A regional project entitled ‘Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning through Migration Profiles in the South West Indian Ocean Region’ is launched in Port Louis.  It aims at preparing national migration profiles for Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.
Distribution of Driving Licence Counterpart
21 January - The distribution of the Driving Licence Counterpart, a document to be annexed with the driving licence in the wake of the implementation of the Penalty Points System, is under way in 21 police stations in Mauritius and two police stations in Rodrigues.  This exercise will last until 21 March 2013. As soon as the law is proclaimed, it will be an offence if a driving licence holder does not have both the driving licence and its counterpart in possession. Both documents will henceforth constitute the driving licence.
Mission of Prime Minister to Europe
20 January - The Prime Minister is on mission to Europe namely to France, Davos and the United Kingdom.  He attends the Davos World Economic Forum which focuses on ‘Resilient Dynamism’. The Prime Minister also discusses issues of mutual interest with eminent personalities.
28th Meeting of IOC Council of Ministers in Seychelles
17 January - The 28th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is held in Mahé, Seychelles.  Mauritius is represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.  The Council approves the Strategic Development Plan and the priorities set for the coming years, namely improving sea, air and digital connectivity between IOC islands, enhancing food security, and launching of a regional television channel.
SMEDA - Incubator for Disabled Persons
17 January - Launching of incubator for disabled persons by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority in Coromandel.
Passing Out Parade for Prison Officers
16 January - Passing out parade and presentation of medals to some 120 Prison Officers/ Senior Prison Officers at the Parade Ground, Prison Training School in Beau basin.
FSC Signs MoU with Capital Market Development Authority
16 January - The Financial Services Commission Mauritius signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Capital Market Development Authority of the Maldives for the effective exchange of information between the two authorities.
Revenue Collections – Press Conference
15 January - The Director General of the Mauritius Revenue Authority, during a press conference, announces that for the fiscal year 2012 revenue collection amounts to approximately Rs 58 billion as compared to Rs 53 billion in 2011, which represents an increase of 5%. The budgeted estimates for 2013 are approximately Rs 64.7 billion.
New School Year Kicks Off for Primary and Secondary School Students
14 January - Primary schools in Mauritius welcome a total of 14 779 pupils admitted in Standard 1 whereas 13 834 Form 1 students join secondary schools.  In 2013, 115 000 students are attending secondary schools, while the primary education population stands around 95 000.
Youth - Launching of First Magazine of the NYC
12 January – The first edition of the National Youth Council’s (NYC) annual magazine is launched in Rose Hill by the Minister of Youth and Sports.  The aim is to provide awareness on the different projects of the NYC and the activities of the 10 Regional Youth Councils.  The magazine offers readers the opportunity to associate themselves in contributing towards nation-building through youth empowerment.
MDGs – Press Conference
10 January – The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, during a press conference in Port Louis, elaborates on the merits of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a survey on the experience on the MDGs and UN post 2015 Development Agenda.
Economy - Press Conference
10 January - The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, during a press conference in Port Louis, announces that year 2013 is full of promising challenges with an expected recovery in the world economy, and he expresses his satisfaction of the performance of the Mauritian economy in 2012.
Site visit in the regions of Glen Park
10 January - Site visit by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, in the fields of vegetable growers in the regions of Glen Park, La Marie and Perrier, to take stock of the food crop sector following the heavy rain due to cyclone Dumile.
Launching of Sanskrit Book for Beginners
10 January - A book in Sanskrit for beginners is launched at the Subramania Bharati Lecture Theatre, Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), Moka.
Mauritius-India Bilateral Meeting
9 January – Issues of common interest, both on the bilateral and international fronts, are discussed in Port Louis during a meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and the Indian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Mr Anand Sharma.
Payment of a New Child Allowance – Press Conference
8 January - The Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, during a press conference, announces the payment of a New Child Allowance to poor families. Government will be providing a minimum support of Rs 750 per child per month for children in all families earning less than Rs 6,200 per month. However, the measure is limited to three children per family.
Deeper Cooperation in Textiles with India
8 January - The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles of India is on a 3-day visit to Mauritius. During his meetings, he pleads in favour of improved balance of trade between Mauritius and India. In the industry sector, both governments agree to a form of skill enhancement collaboration. India also commits itself to develop collaboration so that the Mauritian Textiles Industry can benefit from an assured supply of cotton, cotton yarn and develop creative industries.
Workshop on Fight against Piracy
7 January - A three-day workshop on ‘Somali Culture and Techniques of Handling Somali Inmates’, organised by Interpol and sponsored by the European Union (EU), is held at the Prison Training School in Beau Bassin. Some 20 Prison staff and six Police Officers participate.
Congo Brazzaville-Mauritius: Setting up of an Investment Promotion Agency
07 January - Signature of a service contract between the Government of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville and the Board of Investment Mauritius for the setting up of an Investment Promotion Agency in Congo.
A Resource Centre for Special Education Needs soon launched at Ferney
4 January – During a ceremony organised by Lizie dan Lamain, Curepipe on World Braille Day, the Minister of Education and Human Resources announces that a Resource Centre for Special Education Needs will soon be launched at Ferney.
Committee on Errors, Omissions and Anomalies Holds First Meeting
04 January - The Committee to look into errors, omissions and alleged anomalies arising out of the 2013 Report of the Pay Research Bureau (PRB), holds its first meeting with representatives of the Federations of the Public Sector at the Cyber Tower in Ebène, under the Chairmanship of Mr Dharam Dev Manraj, Senior Adviser, Project Management and Delivery Unit, Prime Minister’s Office.