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July 2013

Workshop for potential women entrepreneurs
31 July - A half-day workshop at the Terre Rouge Community Centre brings together some 80 unemployed women. The objective is to empower participants economically by providing information on facilities offered by the National Women Entrepreneur Council and the Special Collaborative Programme for Support to Women and Children in Distress.
Inter-regional seminar on the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Mechanism
30 July – Two-day inter-regional seminar to facilitate the participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Human Rights Council (HRC) and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Mechanism opens at Le Méridien Hotel.  The aim is to address the needs of LDCs and SIDS through capacity-building with a view to contributing to the work of and interacting with the HRC in the most constructive and mutually beneficial manner possible.
Establishment of the PTA Bank in Mauritius
30 July - A host agreement for the establishment of the PTA Bank in Mauritius is signed by the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, and the President and CEO of the PTA Bank. The Bank is designed for entrepreneurs undertaking development investments and carrying out trade activities that drive the economy.
Hydrocarbon Technology Regional Training
29 July - A four-day Training of Trainers regional workshop aiming to promote eco-friendly hydrocarbon technology, with hands-on training and demonstration on installation, servicing and repair of appliances using hydrocarbon as refrigerant is launched at MITD, Ebène.
Youth Leadership Course
27 July Certificates are presented, at Triolet Youth Centre, to 53 young people having completed a Youth Leadership Course of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Regional ICT Expo 2013 in Goodlands
27-28 July - The 5th Edition of ICT Expo, a regional event which aims at creating more awareness on emerging technologies and bringing ICT closer to the citizens, is held at the Farmers Service Centre, in Goodlands.  An initiative of the National Computer Board, the objectives are to promote and encourage ICT literacy and bring Government services closer to the people by providing accessible and integrated online public services.
Training Programme for Informal Carers Launched
26 July - A training programme for 50 informal carers to enable them provide better care to the elderly and disabled persons is launched at Wooton Community Centre.
Agro-industry - Launching of the MCIA
25 July – The Mauritius Cane Industry Authority (MCIA) is launched with the aim of better developing synergies among the Service Providing Institutions operating in the agro-industry sector. The MCIA is set up to bring together under one roof six cess-funded institutions.
Science Week at Quatre Bornes
25-26 July – A Science Week, aimed at promoting Science among the population, is held at the Louis Eugene Fabien Teachers Centre, Quatre Bornes.  The event sensitises the public on the practical importance of Science and Technology in various sectors of the Mauritian economy.
Mauritius Awarded l'Etoile d'Or Internationale du Tourisme
24 July - A letter stating that Mauritius has been awarded l'Etoile d'Or Internationale du Tourisme International is handed over to the Prime Minister during a meeting with the President of the Federation Internationale du Tourisme, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.   
Night Sky Observation in Bel Air
22 July - A night sky observation programme, organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, is held at the Open University Campus of Bel Air to initiate the inhabitants to astronomy.
Training for Tripartite Trade Negotiators
22 July - A sub-regional training for trade negotiators in the context of the Tripartite COMESA-EAC-SADC Free Trade Area negotiations opens at Restaurant Xia, Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius, in Moka.  Around thirty participants from Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and Madagascar attend.
Global Fuel Economy Initiative Workshop
22 July - The Global Fuel Economy Initiative is discussed during a workshop organised by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme at Le Maritim Hotel, in Balaclava.  The Global Fuel Economy Initiative aims at helping Mauritius draft a policy on cleaner and more efficient vehicles, and adopting best practices on fuel economy improvement so as to reduce transport-related carbon dioxide emissions.
17th Edition of Mauritius Model UN Conference
22 July - Some 117 state and private secondary schools, including three from Rodrigues, participate in the 17th edition of the Mauritius Model United Nations conference at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Auditorium, Moka.
Inauguration of Pétrin Visitors Centre
18 July – The Pétrin Visitors Centre is inaugurated by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Attorney General.
Mauritius-Gabon: Signature of Agreements on Taxation and Investment
18 July – A Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and an Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement are signed by Mauritius and Gabon in Port Louis.  The aim is to enhance economic ties and provide greater tax certainty for businessmen between the two countries.
Two-day National Dialogue on the Ocean Economy
18 July - A two-day National Dialogue on the Ocean Economy is launched by the Prime Minister at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, in Pailles. The Dialogue aims at encouraging wide public participation in the process leading to the adoption of a roadmap on the Ocean Economy and assessing the commercial potential of the living and non-living resources.
Validation Workshop on e-Government Strategy
18 July – A half-day Validation Workshop on the draft e-Government Strategy 2013-2017, an initiative of the Central Informatics Bureau (CIB), is held in Ebène Cyber-city.  The e-Government Strategy paper has been formulated by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, through the services of the CIB, after wide-ranging consultations.  It aims at reviewing the actual needs and making recommendations for a more effective, secured and efficient delivery of Government services to citizens and businesses. 
FSC Signs MoU with the European Securities and Markets Authority
17 July - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Financial Services Commission (FSC) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is signed at the FSC House in Ebène. The MoU testifies and reinforces the co-operation agreements between the FSC and regulators of European Union Member States for the supervision of hedge funds, private equity and real estate funds under the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive.
Lecture on Mental Health
17 July - A Lecture on ‘Mental health everybody’s business: Yours, mine and ours’ is held at the Lecture Theatre of the Open University in Réduit.  The speaker is Dr Basseer Jeeawody, PhD, from the University of Canberra, Australia.  The Lecture provides an opportunity to review some ways in which mental health has been and is being thought about as well as examine the notion of mental health from a Mauritian perspective as well as from a broader and integrated perspective.
Launching of the Second Phase of School Leadership Programme
15 July - The second phase of School Leadership Programme, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources and the British Council, is launched at MITD House, Phoenix.  The Programme which caters for the professional development of school leaders provides them with skills to strengthen the curriculum in their own schools.
Regional UNCTAD Course focuses on Key Economic Issues
15 July - A three-week training course on international trade and economic issues, namely UNCTAD’s 27th Regional Course on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda for Africa, is launched at the University of Mauritius, Le Réduit.  The course focuses on the links between trade, investment, finance and development, including in the context of international trade negotiations.
Peer Educator’s Course: Presentation of Certificates
14 July – Certificates are presented, in Fond du Sac, to young people aged between 16 and 25 years who have completed a Peer Educator’s Course organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Mega Street Football
13 July – Mega Street Football, aiming to establish a quality seal for sustainable youth development, is organised at Residence St Malo, Baie du Tombeau for young people aged between 14 and 20 years.
MoU on higher education and research
11 July - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of higher education and research is signed by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, and the Minister of Education and Vocation Training of Tanzania, in Ebène. The MoU provides for mutual recognition of qualifications and equivalence of qualifications, inter-university linkage, staff and student exchange, accreditation and quality assurance and exchange of information and expertise in view of the setting up of Centres of excellence in various fields.
Forum on Women Talk Business
10 July - A Forum on Women Talk Business is organised, at Prof J. Baguant Social Hall, Quartier Miliatire, by the National Women Entrepreneur Council in collaboration with the Moka District Council. The Forum provides a platform for the sharing of experiences of existing women entrepreneurs and business owners and sensitises potential women entrepreneurs on existing facilities at institutional level.
Youth Excellence Award 2013
10 July – Youth Excellence Award (YEA) 2013 is launched during a ceremony in Port Louis. The aim of the YEA is to give young people the opportunity to highlight their involvement in the social, economic, cultural, artistic and other youth-related fields through a project.
NYAA - Award of Gold expedition Certificates
10 July - Gold expedition certificates are presented, at Pointe Jérôme Youth Training Centre, to 100 young people (five Mauritians and 95 Seychellois) in the context of the National Youth Achievement Award programme (Mauritius) and President’s Award (Seychelles).
COMESA-EAC-SADC: Ministerial Committee on Trade and Industry
10 July - The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Ministerial Committee on Trade and Industry opens at Le Méridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments under the chairmanship of Mozambique.  It is preceded by meetings at Senior Officials and Experts level on 8 and 9 July 2013.  Around 250 delegates from 26 Tripartite Member States attend the meetings.
UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report
10 July - Launching of UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2013 by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.  UNCTAD’s Report for this year focuses on how to strengthen the private sector in order to boost intra-African trade.
Malaysia Industry Group for High Technology in Mauritius
8 July - A high-level delegation from Malaysia Industry Group for High Technology (MIGHT) pays a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, at the Office of the Minister in Port Louis.
COMESA-EAC-SADC: Trade Experts Meeting
8 July - Trade Experts Meeting in the context of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Ministerial Committee on Trade and Industry opens at Le Méridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments.  The objective of the tripartite initiative is to harmonise the trade regimes of COMESA, EAC and SADC through the establishment of an enlarged Free Trade Area
IOR-ARC: Communiqué of the EBC Conference Adopted
5-July – The Communiqué of the IOR-ARC Economic and Business (EBC) Ministerial Conference is adopted after the conclusion of the IOR-ARC’s Trade Ministerial Meeting.
IOR-ARC’s EBC Conference - Inaugural session
4-July – The first Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) Economic and Business (EBC) Ministerial Conference is co-hosted by India (current Chair of the IOR-ARC) and Mauritius, at Le Méridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments.  The Prime Minister delivers the keynote address during the inaugural session.
Sugar Crop 2013 - Small Planters receive 80% advance
4 July - Government grants 80 percent advance, an equivalent of Rs 13 000 per tone, to some 17 000 small cane planters for the 2013 sugar crop.  The signing and handing over of documents is held in Port Louis.
IOR-ARC’s EBC – Press Meet
3 July – During a joint press meeting in Port Louis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, and the Secretary General of the IOR-ARC, elaborate on the first Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) Economic and Business Ministerial Conference.
Presentation of Insignia and Awards 2013
3 July - Insignia and Awards are presented by the President of the Republic to some 100 National Day Awardees 2013 during a ceremony at State House, Le Réduit.
Tackling Youth Unemployment in Mauritius
3 July - A one-day workshop on Youth Unemployment in Mauritius opens at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes.  An initiative of the National Economic and Social Council, the objective is to provide a platform for various stakeholders to reflect on the problem of youth unemployment.
Taxpayers’ Week
1 July - Launching of a series of activities by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) at Customs House, Mer Rouge.  These activities mark the first edition of the Taxpayers’ Week held from 1 to 5 July in the context of the 7th anniversary of the MRA since its inception in July 2006.