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October

Workshop on Open Licensing
1 OctoberA two-day workshop on Open Licensing for Open Source Software, Open Content and Open Data is launched at Cyber Tower 1 in Ebène Cyber-city.  It is organised by the National Computer Board with a view to enlightening software developers on the legal aspects of Open Components.
 
Fourth edition of Kiddy Science Fair
2 October – The fourth edition of the Kiddy Science Fair which is a Science Exhibition set up by educators and pupils from public pre-schools is launched at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) in Bell Village.  The objective is to develop the creativity and encourage young children to adopt a hands-on approach to learning science and technology, while boosting their interest, curiosity and passion for these subjects.
 
Mauritius-Pakistan bilateral cooperation
2 October – Meeting in Port Louis between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, and the newly appointed High Commissioner of Pakistan to Mauritius, to reinforce Mauritius-Pakistan bilateral cooperation in several sectors.  In addition to political and economic ties, the two countries wish to bring their peoples together through cultural, culinary and sporting events.
 
Talk on poverty
2 OctoberA talk, aimed at raising awareness on the social issue of poverty, is held at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall in Port Louis.  The central theme addressed is Poverty as Cultural Legacy: A reflection on the cultural resources of Mauritian Citizenship.  The event is organised by the National Empowerment Foundation to kick-start the calendar of activities marking the 2018 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which is annually celebrated on 17 October.
 
Local Disaster Management Coordinators receive certificates
2 OctoberCertificates are presented to ten Local Disaster Management Coordinators following their successful completion of a five-day induction programme.  The award ceremony is held at the Fooks House in Port-Louis. 
 
NCDs’ validation workshop
2 OctoberOpening of a validation workshop of a project entitled ‘National Assessment of Health Systems Challenges and Opportunities for better Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) outcomes’ in Pointe aux Piments. 
 
Metro Express: Signing of a contract for Operation Readiness Services
3 October – The signature ceremony of a contract for Operation Readiness Services (ORS) with Metro Express Ltd (MEL) is held at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis in presence of the Prime Minister, the Singapore High Commissioner to Mauritius, and other personalities. 
 
Illegal fishing activities: Disposal of seized and forfeited articles
3 OctoberThe Fisheries Protection Service (FPS) proceeds with the annual disposal of seized and forfeited articles related to illegal fishing activities in several regions around the island, at Mare Chicose Landfill.  In this context, an official function is held at the Mahebourg Fisheries Post where the seized prohibited articles were stocked.
 
COMESA stakeholder engagement meeting
4 OctoberA two-day stakeholder engagement meeting, to present COMESA’s 50 Million African Women Speak (50MWS) project, a digital platform built for Africa to foster women’s economic empowerment, is held at Voilà Hotel in Bagatelle. The stakeholder engagement meeting is organised by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare in collaboration with COMESA. 
 
Centenary celebrations of Aryan Vedic School
4 October – The centenary celebrations of the P.C.K Aryan Vedic School are held in the presence of the Prime Minister in Vacoas.  A Souvenir Magazine of the school is launched and the Prime Minister inaugurates a mini Gymnasium and unveils a commemorative plaque and the bust of Pandit Cashinath Kistoe, the founder of the school. 
 
Open Source Seminar
5 OctoberAn Open Source Seminar is held at the Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH), Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital in Pamplemousses.  It focuses on how Virtual Reality can revolutionise treatment and medical education.  The half-day seminar is organised by the MIH in collaboration with Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.
 
New Detoxification and Rehabilitation Centre inaugurated
5 OctoberThe Nénuphar Centre, a new Detoxification and Rehabilitation Centre which aims at providing a treatment programme for young drug addicts aged below 18, is inaugurated at the Long Mountain Hospital.  The setting up of the Nénuphar Centre, which is a first of its kind in Mauritius, is in line with Government’s objective to improving the quality of life and ensuring the wellbeing of Mauritians.  The Centre will treat the youth by providing counselling services as well as psychological and social support.
 
Post Disaster Needs Assessment training
8 OctoberA Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) training, aimed at establishing a national cadre for Officials to undertake needs assessment and formulate recovery frameworks in Mauritius, opens at La Canelle, in Domaine Les Pailles.  The five-day training is organised by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  
 
Regional Training Workshop on Marine Spatial Plan
8 OctoberOpening of a five-day Regional Training Workshop on Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) at Voilà Hotel in Bagatelle.  Some 50 technicians from French-speaking African countries including Comoros, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast, as well as Reunion Island / France, Seychelles and Mauritius participate. It is a joint initiative of the Department for Continental Shelf, Maritime Zones Administration and Exploration, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association. 
 
World Sight Day 2018
8 October – World Sight Day 2018 is marked during an event at the MITD House in Phoenix with the aim to raise awareness on the importance of conducting vision screening at an early age.  It is organised by Health and Wellness Department of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.  World Sight Day is annually observed on 11 October and promotes global attention on blindness and vision impairment.
 
Grand Challenges initiative workshop
9 OctoberA workshop on the Grand Challenges initiative for the Republic of Mauritius is held at Cyber Tower 1 in Ebène Cyber-city.  The Grand Challenges initiative aims at contributing towards the socioeconomic development of the country.  The one-day workshop is organised by the Mauritius Research Council against the backdrop that, similar to other countries, Mauritius may be facing a number of challenges which can act as barriers in the process of social and economic development.
 
Prevention and Protection against falls from Height in Construction
9 OctoberA three-day sensitisation programme on Prevention and Protection against falls from Height in Construction for Tripartite Constituents is held at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes.  The programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation.
 
World Mental Health Day 2018
10 OctoberCelebration of the World Mental Health Day 2018 at the Brown Sequard Mental Health Care Centre (BSMHCC).  The ceremony, organised by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, is marked by a cultural show by patients of the BSMHCC and an exhibition cum sale of creative activities of patients from the Occupational Therapy Department.  This year’s theme is Young people and mental health in a changing world.  The World Mental Health Day, celebrated on 10th of October every year, aims to sensitise the population on the importance of mental health and mental illness.
 
Independent Review Panel
10 October – Meeting between a five-member delegation from the Gambia Complaints Review Board and the members of the Independent Review Panel (IRP) in Port-Louis to discuss on the functions and operations of the IRP.  The IRP was established in January 2008 to look into requests made by unsatisfied bidders and to review procurement proceedings in certain specific cases
 
Trainings to professionalise services of skilled workers
10 OctoberTrainings in the field of housekeeping operations and plumbing/pipe fitting, for two batches of fifteen beneficiaries of the Social Register of Mauritius, are launched in Port Louis.  The training, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, the National Empowerment Foundation and the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, spans from October 2018 to March 2019 and comprises job placements.  
 
International Day of Older Persons 2018
11 October – Ceremony at national level to celebrate International Day of Older Persons 2018.  The Prime Minister is the Chief Guest during the event held at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, in Pailles.  It is organised by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development.  The theme for the celebrations is Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions.
 
Beneficiaries of the Social Register of Mauritius receive certificates
11 October – Certificates are presented, during a ceremony at the Roche Bois Social Welfare Centre, to 82 beneficiaries of the Social Register of Mauritius (SRM), after successful completion of a training in parental education.  The beneficiaries are from Cité La Cure (50) and from Roche Bois (32).  The Parental Empowerment Education training Programme, an initiative of the National Corporate Social Responsibility Foundation, was dispensed by the Institut de Mediation.  In addition, to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018, a medical screening targeting SRM beneficiaries residing in Roche Bois and the region, is held.
 
MoU signed to ensure SMEs successful development
12 OctoberA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at reinforcing efforts of the SME Mauritius, Business Mauritius, and Association of Mauritian Manufacturers (AMM) for the successful development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), is signed in Port-Louis. 
 
National Productivity and Quality Convention
12 OctoberA send-off ceremony is held at the seat of the National Productivity and Quality Convention (NPCC), in Ebène for the six grand winners of the National Productivity and Quality Convention (NPQC 2018).  The winners will represent Mauritius for the first time in the International Convention on Quality Control Circle (ICQCC 2018). 
 
Cooperative Entrepreneurship Development Programme
12 OctoberCertificates are awarded to 31 unemployed women trained in pastry making and 15 who followed an Induction Course on Cooperative Entrepreneurship Development Programme, during a ceremony in Terre-Rouge.  The trainings were organised free of charge by the National Cooperative College.  A training in Bio-Farming is launched on that occasion.  Ten persons, beneficiaries of the Social Register of Mauritius through the Non-Governmental Organisation - Falcon Citizen League, are to participate.
 
Volunteers receive Community Disaster Response Team kits
13 OctoberVolunteers of the region of Bel Ombre who were trained as part of the Community Disaster Response Programme receive Community Disaster Response Team kits during a ceremony held on the Bel Ombre football ground.  The ceremony coincides with the International Day for Disaster Reduction observed on the same day.  The event is organised by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development.
 
National Innovation Framework 2018-2030
15 OctoberThe National Innovation Framework (NIF) 2018-2030, which aims at creating an ecosystem for innovation to facilitate the transition of Mauritius from a middle-income economy to a high-income innovation driven economy, is launched during a half-day workshop at Cyber Tower 1, in Ebène Cyber-city.  The NIF is prepared by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation jointly with the Mauritius Research Council, in consultation with various stakeholders. 
 
New Management Support Officers recruited
15 OctoberA new batch of 125 recruits in the grade of Management Support Officer (MSO) joins the Civil Service in the General Services Cadre.  An official function is held in this context in the presence of the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, and the Secretary for Public Service, at the Sir Harilal Vaghjee Hall, Port Louis.
 
International conference on Hepatitis C
15 October – A three-day international conference on Hepatitis C is held at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa, Flic en Flac.  The conference is organised for the first time by the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.  It involves the participation of experts from the United Kingdom, Australia, Egypt and South Africa to guide health care professionals on treatment and elimination of Hepatitis C in Mauritius. 
 
Capacity Building on Gender Mainstreaming in the Civil Service
15 OctoberFour-day workshop on Capacity Building on Gender Mainstreaming in the Civil Service opens at the seat of the National Empowerment Foundation in Port Louis.  It is organised the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme and the Civil Service College. 
 
Exhibition of posters showcases local agricultural practices
16 OctoberAn exhibition of posters showcasing local agricultural practices in the context of World Food Day 2018, is inaugurated at the Esplanade of the Renganaden Seeneevassen Building in Port-Louis.  The theme for the 2018 Day is ‘Our actions are our future’ A #zero hunger world by 2030 is possible’.  A special commemorative cover designed by the Mauritius Post Ltd in collaboration with the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security is also launched on that occasion.  World Food Day 2018 raises the alarm on food-related issues such as obesity, malnutrition, and famine and food crisis.
 
International Association of Insolvency Regulators
16 OctoberThe International Association of Insolvency Regulators Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting is held at the Sugar Beach Resort, Flic en Flac.  The theme chosen for this year’s three-day conference is Sharing international insolvency trends and developments. Participants from 26 different jurisdictions attend.  
 
Octopus fishery
16 OctoberOctopus fishery is reopened during a ceremony at the Mahebourg Fish Landing station after a two-month ban from 15 August to 15 October.  A pilot project with a two-month voluntary closure of the octopus fishery was implemented in 2015 in the south-west region of Mauritius, along the coastal strip extending from Le Morne to Souillac.  
 
International Country Workshop on Social Protection in Mauritius
17 October – Opening of a two-day International Country Workshop on Social Protection in Mauritius: International Frameworks and National Policies. The workshop is organised by the Southern African Social Protection Experts Network in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development and the University of Mauritius
 
Social Protection international country workshop
17 October – A two-day international country workshop under the theme Social Protection in Mauritius: International Frameworks and National Policies is held at Le Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel in Port Louis.  The objective is to initiate a reflection on the social protection legal frameworks and concepts in Mauritius.  The sessions focus on: Social Protection Context and Framework; Social Aid, Disability and Sustainability of NGOs in Mauritius; Social Protection in Southern Africa; Leaving No One Behind - Social Inclusion Reforms in Mauritius and Africa’s Social Assistance Project; and, Building Critical Thinking and Capacities of Policy Makers and Stakeholders - The Case of TRANSFORM.
 
Training of Trainers: National Leadership Engine project
17 October - A three-week Training of Trainers Programme in the context of a National Leadership Engine project is launched at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène.  It is organised by the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) and involves some 100 trainers comprising Youth Officers from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, participants from the public and the NPCC.  
 
Winter Tea Allowance
17 October - A ceremony to distribute the Winter Tea Allowance to tea growers is held at Royal Parbeaux Hall, Nouvelle France.  The Prime Minister is present at the event which is organised by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security.  A cheque of approximately Rs 3.86 million is handed over to the Small Farmers Welfare Fund and the organisation will effect payment of the Winter Tea Allowance to some 1 100 tea growers.
 
Valérie Sénèque Breast Cancer Care Centre
17 October - The Valérie Sénèque Breast Cancer Care Centre, dedicated to support women suffering from breast cancer and help them lead a normal life despite the prevalent stigmatisation of the disease, is inaugurated at Petit Bel Air in Mahebourg.  The Centre will provide psychological, social, physical and emotional support to the people suffering from breast cancer.
 
Mauritius Cinema Week 2018
18 October - Second edition of the Mauritius Cinema Week is launched at La Demeure, St Antoine in Goodlands, under the branding East Meets West.  The event is in line with Government’s mission to champion and support the emerging creative industries on the island as well as positioning the country as an attractive shooting destination.  The four-day event focuses on business negotiations, with a shift from the glamour festival to business orientation. The event is an initiative of the Ministry of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the Economic Development Board and the Mauritius Film Development Corporation.
 
Health and Wellness Screening and Awareness
18 October - A Health and Wellness Screening and Awareness session aiming to sensitise citizens on leading a physically fit lifestyle is held at the Trèfles Community Centre in Rose Hill.  The event comprises health screening, free diabetes testing, foot care demonstrations and a yoga session.
 
Workshop for Credit Unions
18 October - A workshop regrouping representatives of Credit Unions is held in the context of the International Credit Union Day, at the National Cooperative College in Bois-Marchand.  International Credit Union Day, observed on the third Thursday of October each year, celebrates the spirit of the global Credit Union movement.  Its main objective is to reflect on the Credit Union movement's history, promote its achievements, recognise the hard work and share member experiences.  The theme for this year, Find your platinum lining in Credit Unions.
 
Salon de l’Agriculture
19 October – Launching of a Salon de l’Agriculture which is aimed at showcasing different facilities provided to planters as well as promoting agricultural products for the benefit of the public in the context of the World Food Day 2018.  The three-day event is held at the Domaine Les Pailles.  It is organised by the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security and serves as a platform to promote sustainable agriculture for food security. 
 
Talk focuses on Mauritian Sign Language
22 OctoberA talk on the different aspects of the Mauritian Sign Language (MSL) is held at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium in Réduit.  Several educators and representatives of different schools attend.  The MSL serves as a driving force for children with special education needs.
 
Workshop for the fishermen community on budgetary measures
24 OctoberA workshop with the aim of providing more information on the budgetary measures, facilities and incentives being offered to the fishermen community is held at the Recreational Centre of Trou D’Eau Douce.  On that occasion, a refrigerated truck, to the tune of some Rs 3.2 million, is handed over to the Mauritius Fishermen Co-operative Federation Limited (MFCF) for their operations.
 
Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System
24 OctoberThe Gravity-Fed Drip Irrigation System, which forms part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)-RAF5079 Project, aiming to enhance food security and increase income of vulnerable farmers, is launched during a ceremony at Bambous Virieux Multipurpose Complex.
 
Children’s playground and learning corner
24 OctoberInauguration of a children’s playground and learning corner at Trois Boutiques Village Hall. On the same occasion, keys were handed over to one beneficiary eligible for the FCH Scheme under the Social Register of Mauritius (SRM).
 
ICT Innovative Business IDEA Competition 2017–2018
25 OctoberAn award ceremony for university students who participated in ICT Innovative Business IDEA Competition 2017–2018 is held at the R. Burenchobay Lecture Theatre, University of Mauritius (UOM) in Réduit.  It is organised by the National Computer Board (NCB) in collaboration with the UOM and the State Bank of Mauritius
 
Role of intellectual property and innovation in the ICT sector
25 OctoberA one-day workshop focuses on the role of intellectual property (IP) and innovation in the ICT sector.  It is held at the Cyber-Tower 1 in Ebène.  The workshop, an initiative of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) aims at narrowing the knowledge gap and bringing to the forefront the opportunities for innovation in the sector by leveraging IP for business growth and development.
 
Trust Fund for Excellence in Sports
25 OctoberAir tickets, sponsored by the Trust Fund for Excellence in Sports (TFES), are presented to three young Mauritian footballers during a ceremony held at the Citadelle Mall in Port Louis.  The young footballers will receive a one-month training on football skills and tactics at Sheffield United in the United Kingdom.
 
Grid-Scale Battery Energy Storage System 2MW
25 OctoberA Grid-Scale Battery Energy Storage System 2MW (BESS), a first in its kind in Mauritius to enable high capacity storage of renewable energy, is inaugurated at the Central Electricity Board’s (CEB) Amaury Substation. 
 
Caravane de Proximité targets victims of gender-based violence
25 OctoberA sensitisation campaign by the Caravane de Proximité targeting victims of gender-based violence, is launched at the La Concorde Building in Camp Levieux, Rose-Hill.  The Caravane de Proximité is one among the various initiatives to sensitise the population and raise awareness on the severity of the problem of domestic violence
 
Pailles Guibies Sewerage Pumping station
25 OctoberInauguration of the Pailles Guibies Sewerage Pumping station, at Grand River North West (GRNW).  The Pailles Guibies Sewerage Project – Phase 1, to the tune of some Rs 240 million, consists of the construction of Trunk Sewers TS4 and TS3, as well as a Pumping station at GRNW.  The Sewerage Project has been implemented by the Wastewater Management Authority with a view to alleviate the sanitation problems in the region.
 
National Sales Exhibition
25 OctoberA National Sales Exhibition, which brings around 100 women entrepreneurs from Social Welfare Centres, is inaugurated at the Municipal Council of Beau Bassin/Rose Hill.  Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
 
Certificates presented to foreign and local prison staffs
26 OctoberCertificates are handed over to foreign and local prison staffs who participated in a training on technological applications and security within the prison system.  The ceremony is held at the Mauritius Prison Service (MPS), in Beau-Bassin.  Seven participants of the MPS, three from the East African Community, one from Tanzania and two from Kenya, benefitted from the one-week training organised by the MPS, on various issues including: challenges against smuggling of contrabands in prison; technologies in security; and human rights in prison.
 
Exhibition on salient features of indentured labour in Mauritius
26 OctoberA three-day exhibition aiming to disseminate knowledge about the history and salient features of indentured labour in Mauritius through archival documents and heritage is launched at the Municipal Council of Quatre Bornes.  The event is one of the several activities organised in the context of the Commemoration of the 184th Anniversary of the arrival of indentured labourers in Mauritius.
 
Handing-over vouchers for the supply of fertilisers to sugarcane planters
26 OctoberA ceremony to hand over vouchers for the supply of fertilisers to planters cultivating less than 100 ha of sugarcane is held at the Farmers Service Centre in Saint Pierre.  The event is organised by the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority. 
 
Capacity-Building Workshop on Countering the Financing of Terrorism
29 October – Opening of a three-day National Capacity-Building Workshop on Countering the Financing of Terrorism through effective National and Regional Actions.  It is organised by the Ministry of Financial Services and Good Governance with the assistance of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre. 
 
Recognition of Prior Learning
29 OctoberLaunching of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Special Education Needs (SEN) Sector at Cyber Tower 1, in Ebène.  RPL is a process used to identify, assess and certify a person’s knowledge, skills and competencies, regardless of how, when and where the learning occurred, against prescribed standards for a part or full qualification.  The Mauritius Qualification Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, and the MIE had initiated the RPL project to certify professionals in the field of SEN Sector through the RPL method on a pilot basis with a small cohort in a quest to professionalise and address the lack of skilled professionals therein.
 
NHDC social units
29 OctoberInauguration ceremony of 86 social units of Résidence Azurite at Piton.  This initiative of the National Housing Development Company (NHDC) Ltd aims at promoting the well-being of people who are at the lower rung of society.  More housing projects are being undertaken in the Northern regions such as Cottage, Petite Julie and Calebasse. 
 
Validation workshop International Health Regulations
29 OctoberOpening of a four-day validation workshop on the Joint External Evaluation to assess the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa, Flic en Flac.  In response to the exponential increase in international travel and trade, and emergence and reemergence of international disease threats and other health risks, 194 countries across the globe have agreed to implement the IHR 2005. This binding instrument of international law entered into force on 15 June 2007.
 
Africa Prosecutors Association Conference
30 OctoberThe 13th Africa Prosecutors Association Conference and Annual General Meeting, an initiative of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, in collaboration with the Africa Prosecutors Association (APA), is held at Le Méridien Hotel, in Pointe aux Piments. The theme of the conference is Prosecutorial Independence and Accountability: A prerequisite of the Rule of Law.  The Mutual Legal Assistance Handbook, an informative guide to sensitise prosecutors on the potential challenges they may face when embarking on a request for mutual legal assistance, was also launched.
 
International Day of Older Persons: Lunch for senior citizens
31 October – A lunch is offered to senior citizens in the context of the celebrations marking International Day of Older Persons 2018.  The Prime Minister attends the event held at the Social Welfare Centre in Saint Pierre.  It is organised by the Social Welfare Division of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare.
 
Inauguration of village hall in Grand-Bois
31 October – Inauguration ceremony of a village hall in Grand-Bois by the Prime Minister.  The aim is to provide the population with sophisticated and modern facilities and services.  The newly set up village hall is equipped with modern amenities to encourage recreational, social and physical activities within the community.