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October 2012

Secondary School Students to Participate in Education Outreach Programme
31 October - Secondary schools will participate in an integrated global observation with Lady Amber Research Vessel, the Minister of Education and Human Resources announces during a press conference. The vessel will provide real time data through ARGO, an observation system for the Earth’s Oceans, for use in climate prediction, weather forecast, and oceanographic and fisheries research.

Inauguration of Thalassemia Day-Care Ward
31 October - A Thalassemia Day-Care Ward is inaugurated at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Rose-Belle by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life. This is a joint initiative of the Ministry and the Rotary Club of Phoenix and the Thalassemia Society.

Workshop on Energy Efficient Design Guidebooks
30 October – A two-day training workshop on Energy Efficient Design Guidebooks for Targeted Residential and Non-Residential Buildings of Total Floor Area less than 500 m2 is held at Domaine Les Pailles. Around 60 architects, engineers and draughtsman from the public and private sectors are participating.

Container Terminal : Development Partners Provide Funding for Extension Project
29 October – The Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) signs a loan agreement to the tune of Rs 1.3 billion with the Agence Française de Developpement for the extension and strengthening of the Mauritius Container Terminal. Moreover, the European Union has allocated a grant of Rs 120 million through the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund Grant for the financing of the environmental and social aspects of the project and a Sovereign Guarantee Agreement has also been signed with the Government of Mauritius, which stands as guarantor for the loan.

Brainstorming on National NGO Policy
29 October – Government wants to create an enabling environment to strengthen the role and functions of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and promote the notion of social entrepreneurship. This is the gist of the deliberations at the one-day validation workshop on NGO policy which was held at the James Burty David Recreation Centre of Pointe aux Sables.

Mauritius hosts 6th Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention
26-28 October – Mauritius hosts sixth Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute. Over 800 delegates from South Africa, Reunion Island, the US, the UK, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Mauritius attend the event, organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Indian High Commission, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, and the Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin. The Convention focuses on the theme Shared Roots, Common Destiny. PBD Mauritius 2012 witnesses several pre-Conventions, plenary sessions and discussions on various issues of interest and relevant to the Indian Diaspora namely culture, education, business, tourism, academia, science and technology.

MRC Post Graduate Conference
25-26 October – The Mauritius Research Council (MRC) organises a two-day conference to provide registered awardees of the MRC Post-Graduate Award Scheme a platform to present the progress of their respective research studies.

Signature of MoU to Enhance Initiatives related to Child Protection and Development
25 October – Signature of six Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare and stakeholders engaged in child protection and development at the Conference Room of the Ministry in Port Louis. The MoU sets in place effective working-together mechanisms to ensure that each stakeholder involved in child protection and development takes full responsibility and ownership and is accountable for services falling under its scope of action.

International Conference focuses on Financial Crisis and Trade and Investment in Developing Countries
25 October – The second International Conference on International Trade and Investment focusing on Financial Crisis and Trade and Investment in Developing Countries is held at Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments. The three-day event is organised by the University of Mauritius and the Word Trade Organisation Chairs Programme.

Lecture on Bladder Outflow Obstruction
24 October - Lecture on Bladder outflow Obstruction by Dr Simon Choong, Consultant Urological Surgeon of the Institute of Urology, University College Hospital, London, at Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles in the presence of the Prime Minister and other eminent personalities.

Mauritius ranks 19th in Overall Ease of Doing Business 2013
24 October – Mauritius ranks 19th in global rankings on Overall Ease of Doing Business 2013 and tops Africa's Sub-Saharan economies, according to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2013 Report: Smarter Regulations for Small and Medium-size Enterprises.

Lecture on ‘Getting Started with Medical Research’
22 October – The Mauritius Research Council in collaboration with the Padmashree Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Mauritius, organises a lecture entitled Getting Started with Medical Research targeting budding and more established researchers. The lecture is delivered by Dr Urmilla Thattee, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai

Symposium on Depression to Mark World Mental Health Day
20 October – A Symposium on Depression is organised by the Mauritius Psychiatric Association at Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Le Réduit, in the context of activities to mark World Mental Health Day.

Mo Ibrahim Ranks Mauritius First for the Sixth Consecutive Year
20 October – Mauritius ranks first in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) 2012 for the sixth consecutive year. Among the 53 countries rated by the Foundation, Mauritius scored the highest overall mark of 83 points.

Extension of Cardiac and Intensive Care Units at Victoria Hospital
19 October – Inauguration of the new extension of the Cardiac Unit and Intensive Care Unit at Victoria Hospital, Candos, by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life. The new facility has been implemented to the tune of some Rs 110 m. It comprises a ground floor dedicated to the Coronary Care Unit with seven beds to cater for patients with acute coronary problems and a first floor which houses the Intensive Care Unit with some 11 beds.

Circular Migration: Canada to Recruit More Mauritian Workers
19 October – Press conference by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, in Port Louis on the recruitment of Mauritians by Prudhomme International Inc, to work as welders, multi-skilled painters and canvas goods makers in Canada.

First Wheat Harvest in Northern Region of Mauritius
18 October – Launching of first wheat harvest in the northern region by the Compagnie Sucrière de St Antoine in the context of wheat cultivation experimental project undertaken by the Mauritius Research Council in collaboration with the private sector.

Seminar to Disseminate Findings of Study on Diagnostic Test for preeclampsia
18 October – Presentation of the preliminary findings of the prospective, longitudinal study on diagnostic test for preeclampsia during a half-day seminar held at the headquarters of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC). The study is undertaken by the University of Mauritius (UoM) in collaboration with the MRC and has obtained the approval of the National Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life. Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the period just after delivery.

Validation Workshop on Gender-Based Violence Indicators Project
18 October – Launching of a validation workshop on Gender-Based Violence Indicators Project at the Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre Bornes in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer of Gender Links, South Africa.

International Day for Eradication of Poverty
17 October – Launching of a series of activities in the context of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2012 on the theme Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace. The aim is to raise public awareness on poverty and ways and means to address this issue and help families who live in absolute poverty to integrate mainstream society.

Inauguration of an Accident and Emergency Department at SSRN Hospital
16 October – Inauguration of an Accident and Emergency Department at SSR National Hospital in Pamplemousses. This unit will provide a wide range of services on the spot for emergencies round the clock and can accommodate some 150 patients at a time.

Press Conference on Economy
16 October – Press conference by the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, in Port Louis where he spells out the main thrusts of the forthcoming budget with focus on supporting growth, employment, productivity and competitiveness.

Stakeholders Validation workshop on Performance Management
16 October – Opening of a three-day Stakeholders Validation workshop on Performance Management for senior management officers from the Civil Service at the Intercontinental Resort, Balaclava. The deliberations will serve to finalise a document that will eventually serve as a model for Performance Management for other countries in the region.

Seminar on the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development
16 October -A one-day seminar on the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development opens at the Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre Bornes. The objective of the seminar is to build the capacity of stakeholders, in particular government senior officials, on international and regional human rights instruments that call for gender equality.

Workshop on Capacity Building Programme on Gender-Based Violence
15 October – A one-day workshop on Capacity Building Programme on Gender-Based Violence, targeting medical health officers and senior nursing officers, kicks off at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis.

Residential Training Workshop on Youth Leadership
13 October – A two-day residential training workshop at the Pointe Jerome Youth Training Centre focuses on Youth Leadership.

Inauguration of CLAC in Baie du Cap
13 October – The Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle (CLAC) is inaugurated in Baie du Cap by the Minister of Arts and Culture and the Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands.

Opening of Chemotherapy Unit at SSRN Hospital
11 October – Inauguration of a Chemotherapy Unit at SSRN Hospital in Pamplemousses. The facility has been set up by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in association with SOLARIS, a non-governmental organisation.

World Food Day 2012: Cooperatives, an Instrument to Fight Hunger
10 October – In the context of World Food Day 2012, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (SSRBG) hosts, from 12 to 14 October, a series of activities to mark the event. The focus this year is on Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world, in recognition of the role cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.

World Mental Health Day 2012
10 October – The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life organises a series of activities at the Brown Sequard Mental Health Care Centre in Beau Bassin to mark World Mental Health Day 2012.

Certificate of Character replaces Certificate of Morality
10 October – The Certificate of Character Act 2012, passed by the National Assembly on 17 July 2012, comes into operation. Certificates of Morality are henceforth termed Certificates of Character.

Japan Helps Mauritius in Landslide Mitigation
10 October – The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping with the technical assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) holds a seminar at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles to conduct a Project on Landslide Management. The main objective is to establish a landslide monitoring system by developing a countermeasure plan, implement a feasibility study and pilot project in high risk areas, and develop the capacity of government agencies involved in landslide management. 37 disaster sites with potential landslide problems have been identified in Mauritius.

Strengthening Partnership for Youth Development
10 October – One-day workshop on Strengthening the Partnership between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Council, at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles. The objective is to offer a platform for interaction to foster a spirit of collaboration as well as to ensure the proper implementation of the nine strategic areas of the National Youth Policy 2010-2014.

Poultry Unit at Richelieu Open Prison
09 October – The Poultry Farm at Richelieu Open Prison is launched. The model Poultry Farm funded under the IFAD-MARS programme and with a capacity of about 1,000 egg layers has been set up in collaboration with AREU. The project is in line with the rehabilitation programme of the Prison department aimed at making detainees acquire skills during their imprisonment.

2013 PRB Report Released
09 October – The 2013 Pay Research Bureau (PRB) Report on the review of the Pay and Grading Structures and Conditions of Service of employees in the Public sector is approved by Government and released. The Report covers around 84 000 employees and 25 000 public service pensioners and is estimated to cost an overall amount of Rs 4.6 billion for its implementation in toto, with effect as from 1 January 2013.

VPM Duval Obtains Finance Minister of Africa 2012 Award
08 October – Africa Investor has conferred the best Finance Minister of Africa 2012 Award to the Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Xavier-Luc Duval, for demonstrating leadership in the financial domain.

Youth Street Football Competition
07 October – A Street Football Competition, targeting young people aged between 14 and 21 years, is organised on the premises of the Arsenal Village Hall by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the context of an Inter Village Competition.

Inauguration of Petit Raffray Health Club
05 October – Inauguration of the Petit Raffray Health Club and handing over of physical and fitness equipment. The Health Club is in line with the policy of the Ministry to promote physical exercise with a view to prevent non-communicable diseases at community level.

Price Observatory Ranks Grand Port as Cheapest District
05 October – The Price Observatory ranks, for the third time in a row, Grand Port as the cheapest district while Port-Louis is the most expensive district.

Launching of Observatory on Ageing
04 October - Launching, by the Ministry of Social Security, of the Observatory on Ageing which focuses on specific sectors such as health, security and protection, lodging and leisure. The mission of the Observatory is to collect data and statistics from secondary sources at the beginning before moving to the collection via primary sources.

Regional Dialogue on Green Economy
04 October – A two-day Regional Dialogue, at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles focuses on Green Economy for the Western Indian Ocean Island States. The objective is to enhance understanding on the green economy and identify the required regulatory framework to promote this concept.

ICT Skills Development Programme
04 October – A detailed presentation on the ICT Skills Development Programme (ISDP) and its related benefits brings together employers and various stakeholders of the ICT/BPO industry at Ebène Cyber Tower 1, Ebène, to discuss the modus operandi of the ISDP.

Signing of Agreement for e-Prison Project
04 October – A contract agreement of the e-Prison project to be implemented at the Mauritius Prison Service is signed at the Conference Room of the Prime Minister’s Office in Port Louis between the Commissioner of Prisons and the Director of the National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI) from India.

Opening of CISNA Bi-annual Meeting
04 October – Opening of a bi-annual meeting of the Committee of Insurance, Securities and Non-Banking Financial Authorities (CISNA), held at Long Beach Hotel, Belle Mare. The main objective is to discuss and agree on the CISNA Constitution, the implementation of the strategic plan 2010 – 2015 and the activities of various sub-committees.

Workshop on Cooperatives
03 October – The National Institute for Cooperative Entrepreneurship organises a one-day workshop on ‘Empowering People Through Cooperative Entrepreneurship’ at the Lallmatie Social Welfare Centre. The purpose is to communicate the necessary information relevant to the process of becoming an entrepreneur and to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship among participants

AFD Extends Euro 62.5 Million Loan for Rivière des Anguilles Dam Project
03 October – The Government of Mauritius and Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) sign a loan agreement to the tune of Euro 62.5 million for the funding of the Rivière des Anguilles dam project. The dam, with a storage capacity of 14 million cubic metres, is intended to address the potable water supplies in the Southern part of the island on a 24-hour basis up to the year 2050.

International Day of the Elderly
01 October – Around 3,000 elderly persons gather at the J&J Auditorium in Phoenix to commemorate International Day of the Elderly 2012 which focuses on the rights of the elderly in an inclusive society.

World Heart Day 2012
01 October – Opening of a one-day dissemination workshop on the Mauritius Salt Intake Study Report 2012 at Domaine Les Pailles in the context of World Heart Day 2012. The theme chosen for World Heart Day 2012 is Cardiovascular Disease Prevention among Women and Children.

World Habitat Day 2012
01 October – To mark World Habitat Day, the Ministry of Housing and Lands organises a Drawing and Painting Competition targeting Standard IV and V pupils of primary schools and an Essay Writing Competition open to secondary students of Form IV and Lower Six.

Mauritius and France sign Agreement on Judicial Training
01 October – The Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies (IJLS) and l’Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature Française (ENM) sign in Port Louis a cooperation agreement to promote the exchange of expertise and experiences in various fields of the judiciary.