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November 08, 2012

Those Areas that Deserve Special Attention

Textile - Logistics and skilled labor. SMEs - Many speeches and little action. Construction - Lack of sites. Tourism - Provision of foreign currency.

Textile - Logistics and skilled labor

Logistics is a major problem in the textile industry, according to Danielle Wong, director of the Mauritius Export Association (MEXA). She believes that the country lacks a common platform which also focuses on developments and issues of the port, the airport and the road network.

In addition, the textile sector is struggling to recruit employees, particularly in occupations requiring skills such as designers, marketing managers, logistics engineers and chemists, among others. These businesses are increasingly required in the textile sector, such as industry turns more towards the high end and need high technology and engineering.

In this context, Danielle Wong appeals to authorities. "If you want a textile manufacturing development where research and development are priorities, the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) must offer to pay two or three times the cost of training, which encourage companies to training and youth turning to this area. The private sector, for its part, already made efforts. The problem is that because of the crisis, there is less risk. The uncertainty should cause more risk-taking. In terms of training in five years, say the package, "she suggests.

SMEs - Many speeches and little action

Rudy Tanoo, entrepreneur and member of the Board of Directors of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are not considered at fair value in Mauritius, unlike other countries. He believes that their contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment is not reflected in the support they receive from the authorities.

"There is much talk about SMEs, but there is nothing concrete. It's always the same problem, some institutions to support SMEs do not work. We want to promote local products for SMEs, but at the same time, it creates a lot of importers. SMEs according to their separate sales and by sector of activity. This will help the coach, "says Rudy Tanoo.

It also warns against SMEs benefiting from export support by passing their imported products for local manufacturing.

Construction - Lack of sites

Uckoor Gerard, president of the Association of Small contractors, says Maurice lack of sites. According to him, this is particularly the case with regard to projects of houses. "The Mauritian build fewer houses. This can be explained by the rising cost of materials, "he says. In addition, Gerard Uckoor emphasizes that the construction industry is facing a problem of absenteeism among employees. This is especially the case Monday. The result is a loss of productivity and the accumulation of delay in delivery time.

These delays result in additional costs, including the payment of penalties. Finally, the President of the Association of Small contractors pointed out that the exemption of 'Performance Bond' for projects of less than Rs 5 million is a breath of fresh air for small contractors. According to Gérard Uckoor, it is difficult for small businesses to find the necessary capital in a timely manner, which contributes to loss of site.

Tourism - Provision of foreign currency

Tourism is a promising sector in the Mauritian economy, according Bissoon Mungroo, president of the Association of small and medium hotels, including the supply of foreign currency.

That is why it must be a central concern of the Budget 2013. "This is an industry that has proven it is a sustainable industry that should be kept at the center of attention, as it attracts foreign direct investment. In addition, when the European economy recovers, tourism will also resume, "says Bissoon Mungroo. For the president of the Association of small and medium hotels, it is necessary that the Budget 2013 takes into account the difficulties of the sector and thus take advantage of the opportunities available in emerging markets such as India, China and Russia. Tourists from these countries bring U.S. dollars are widely used currency in the payment of imports.

Just like many of his colleagues, Bissoon Mungroo believes that the country's monetary policy may be revised in favor of operators who receive payments in foreign currencies, but he hopes that it does not come at the expense of purchasing power Mauritians. Finally, he believes that if the Budget 2013 Budget is not a stimulus, it will bring tourism to put the key under the mat.

 

 

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