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Government Information Service (under the aegis of the Prime Minister's Office)

January 2012

International Year of Cooperatives
31 Jan - National workshop at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles marks the launching of activities in the context of International Year of Cooperatives 2012.

Civil service - Training
31 Jan - Newly appointed Confidential Secretaries enlisted on an Award Course meant to equip them with the necessary competencies and skills for better service delivery.

ICT- Mauritius/Uganda collaboration
30 Jan - The Information and Communication Technology Authority and the Uganda Communications Commissionsign, in Port Louis, a Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the sharing of experience and benchmarking on best practices in ICT regulations.

Website on Disability
30 JanLaunching of a website and a database on disability, offering people with disabilities detailed information and services.

Mauritius International Knowledge Investment Forum 2012
30 JanA one-day 'Mauritius International Knowledge Investment Forum 2012' (MIKIF) opens at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava. The forum focuses on the latest trends, developments and opportunities in higher education. The MIKIF also showcases the various investment opportunities that Mauritius offers to the global education community.

Prisons-Literacy Course
28 Jan - Launching at the Beau Bassin Prison of a basic literacy and numeracy course for the rehabilitation and integration of prisoners.

PMO-Prize Giving Ceremony
27 Jan - Prize giving ceremony at Cyber Tower 1, Ebène for winners of an essay competition organised by the National Humanitarian Law under the Prime Minister’s Office in August 2011 for Lower VI students.

Mauritius participates in the 18th AU Summit in Ethiopia
26 Jan – Foreign Affairs Minister participates in the 20th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, and the 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly held from 26 to 30 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the Summit was Boosting Intra-African Trade.

Education and Sports
26 Jan - Launching of a pilot project to initiate golf to some 400 Standard V pupils from ten primary schools of Curepipe region

International Customs Day
26 Jan – International Customs Day is marked by a series of activities at Customs House, Mer Rouge.

FSC launches Global Business Guide
25 Jan - The Financial Services Commission (FSC) launches a Global Business Guide to facilitate and improve the licensing process for global business application. The Global Business Guide also provides guidance to investors and service providers with a proper understanding of the requirements for applying for a global business license as well as to remove bottlenecks in the application processes.

SMEs – Information campaign
25 Jan – The Campagne d’Information pour les PME project kickstarts at the Municipality of Vacoas-Phoenix. The aim of the campaign is to bring information and creating awareness among SMEs and entrepreneurs.

Press conference - Disability Bill
24 Jan - The Disability Bill which aims to give greater protection to the disabled is in preparation, announces the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions at a press conference.

Energy Audit –Training workshop
24 Jan - A three and a half day training workshop on the Energy Audit Management Scheme opens at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles in the wake of the implementation of the UNDP/GEF project ‘Removal of Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation in Buildings’.

Export Markets - Workshop
24 Jan - A five–day workshop on research and analysis of export markets opens at Ebène. The workshop is organised 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.

Civil Service -Training
24 Jan - Launching of a four-day induction course for some 28 newly recruited Office Management Executives (OME). The aim is to sensitise those officers on their new roles and responsibilities as OMEs.

Visit of Botswana Health Minister
24 Jan - A delegation from Botswana led by Rev. Dr John Seakgosing, Minister of Health of Botswana, visits Mauritius (24-28 January) in the context of the consolidation of bilateral relations between Mauritius and Botswana in the health care sector.

Arts and Culture
21 Jan - Inauguration of a ‘Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle’ (CLAC) at Fond du Sac.

ICT - National Broadband Policy 2012-2020
20 Jan - Validation of the National Broadband Policy 2012-2020 (NBP2012) which outlines the overall policy objectives and targets for a broadband Intelligent Mauritius branded as Towards i-Mauritius. NBP2012, elaborated by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, also spells out the methodology for a successful broadband development.

Health - NCDs
20 Jan - Opening at Calodyne Sur Mer Hotel, Grand Gaube of a two-day residential seminar on ‘Re-engineering of Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion Strategies’.

POWC - Action Plan
19 Jan - Opening of a one-day workshop at Pointe aux Piments to finalise the 2012 action plan of the Public Officers’ Welfare Council (POWC), which operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms.

Health - Award of Certificates
19 Jan - Handing over at Victoria Hospital, Candos of certificates to staff who completed training for paediatric and neonatal ICU.

Environment -Workshop on HCFC
19 Jan -Workshop at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles on the Implementation of the Hydrochlorofluocarbon (HCFC) Phase out Management Plan that will allow Mauritius to meet the new phase out obligations.

19 Jan - Handing over, at the Fisheries Training and Extension Centre in Pointe aux Sables, of wires to fishermen of the Baie du Cap region with a view to assisting those who had lost their basket during the heavy swells in August 2011.

Workshop on Climate Change
18 Jan- A three-day training workshop on ‘Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policy and Carbon Balance Appraisal of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use projects and policies’ opens at the R. Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre, University of Mauritius, Réduit. The aim is to help the participants to deal with the best way to integrate climate change in sector policies and investments.

Migration: Mauritius hosts brainstorming session
18 Jan - A two-day brainstorming session focusing on the Global Forum on Migration and Development 2012 (GFMD) opens in Ebène. The Forum will be hosted by Mauritius, the Chair-in-Office, on 21 and 22 November 2012. The objective is twofold: to come up with the best ideas that will effectively help the ultimate beneficiaries, the Migrants and, to further shape the thematic program for this year’s sixth Global Forum Meeting.

Bilateral relations- India/Mauritius
17 Jan - The Minister for New and Renewable Energy of the Republic of India, Dr Farooq Abdullah, arrives in Mauritius on an official visit (17 to 20 January) to discuss bilateral relations. A courtesy call on the Prime Minister is on the programme, as well as discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister.

Health - Donation of Equipment by IOC
17 Jan - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) hands over a van and IT equipment to the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, in the context of the ‘Réseau de Surveillance et d’Investigation des Epidémies (RSIE)-Surveillance Epidémiologique et Gestion des Alertes’ (SEGA) project.

Arts and Culture
17 Jan - Opening of a Centre de Formation Artistique at the ex-DBM Building in Goodlands

Health - Press Conference
16 Jan - The Minister of Health and Quality of Life announces that the Ministry has set up an operational plan for the prevention of the proliferation of mosquitoes and the spread of Chikungunya and Dengue. He also informs on precautionary measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the vector-borne diseases.

International Trade - 5th TIFA Council Meeting
16 Jan - The 5th Mauritius – US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting opens at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava. The TIFA Council is an important process that helps to pave the ground for bilateral cooperation and addresses a wide range of trade and investment issues that include, but are not limited to, trade capacity building, intellectual property, labour, environmental issues and enhancing the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in trade and investment.

MRA - Press conference
16 Jan - The Director General of the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) announces that the MRA has collected approximately Rs 53 billion in the form of revenue as compared to Rs 49.64 billion in 2010, which represents an increase of 7%.

Special Prison for Women
13 Jan - Inauguration of the Barkly Special Prison for Women. At the tune of Rs 5 million, the new prison comprises a twelve cellular toilet incorporated residential block with yard and office, a gate lodge housing a visit room cum search and offices.

Economy - Investment promotion mission to Europe
13 Jan - The Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development leads an investment promotion mission (13– 24 January) in Europe (London, Paris, Brussels and Milan). The objective is to present new sectors of the economy, such as marinas and the film industry, to potential investors, as well as innovative new products such as the financial services sector’s limited partnership vehicle. Promoting the African and regional cooperation strategy and encouraging the idea of a regional airline are also on the agenda.

2012 Index of Economic Freedom
13 Jan - The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom ranks Mauritius first out of 46 countries in the Sub-Saharan African region, with an overall score of 77. Mauritius is ranked as the 8th freest in the world ahead of Ireland, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and France

12 Jan - The Minister of Fisheries and Rodrigues visits the Fish Auction Market at Les Salines. The purpose is to present the different facilities available for the proposed auctioning of fish to stakeholders.

12 Jan - Some 5 000 fingerlings of cordonnier, reared in hatcheries at the Albion Fisheries and Research Centre are released in the Blue Bay Marine Park. The project is in line with the marine ranching-release of fish fingerlings and coral farming project with a view to rehabilitating the lagoon of Mauritius. The 2012 budget has provided some Rs 10 million for this project.

Trade and Economic Cooperation – Mauritius/Turkey Talks
12 Jan - Mauritius and Turkey conclude discussions on a Framework Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation. The Agreement is expected to be signed at the end of February 2012 in Mauritius during the visit of the Turkish Minister of Economy, Mr. Caglayan.

Education: School Year 2012
11 Jan - The school year 2012, both for primary and secondary education, kicks off with the admission exercise in Standard One and Form One. Some 15 230 new pupils enter primary schools while around 13 000 join secondary schools. The student population in the 305 primary schools stands at around 116 000 pupils and that of the 180 secondary schools is approximately 115 300 students.

Trade and Economic Cooperation: Mauritius/Turkey talks
11 Jan - A two-day meeting between Mauritius and Turkey opens in Port Louis to start discussions on a Framework Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation. The Turkish delegation is led by Mr Hakan Karabalik, Head of Department of the Ministry of Economy. The objective of the Framework Agreement is to enhance economic cooperation as well as foster trade between Mauritius and Turkey.

World Hindi Day 2012
10 Jan -World Hindi Day is celebrated at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC) auditorium, Phoenix.

9 Jan - In a Press communiqué, the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development underlines that the greatest challenge looming ahead will be the management of the euro zone crisis that will eventually have a direct impact on the Mauritian economy. He also lists out the main priorities that will help the economy to withstand the euro crisis.

Health - Press Conference
9 Jan - Press conference by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, during which he underlines the need to sensitise the population, school children in particular, on the need to take necessary precautions when purchasing and consuming foodstuffs. Measures to enhance food control will also be strengthened and actions to further enhance food safety will be initiated, he says.

International Trade - Mauritius/US
9 Jan - Joint Press Conference by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, and the US Embassy focuses on the 5th Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council meeting to be held on 16 and 17 January 2012 at the Inter Continental Hotel in Balaclava.

Women and Children
5 Jan - Four NGOs receive grants totaling around Rs 2.3 million under the Special Collaborative Programme for Support to Women and Children in Distress, to fund approved projects. The programme, which is managed by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, provides financial support to NGOs working for the welfare of women and children in distress.

PM’s New Year Address to the Nation
Jan 1 - In his New Year Address to the Nation, the Prime Minister calls for the sustainable participation of the population in the construction of a new modern republic in spite of the global economic slowdown. He also stresses on discipline, productivity, law and order, fraud and corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering.