January 03, 2013

Mauritian Priorities for 2013

For the new year, many resolutions to take it to be better than the previous. But in many areas, there are also ...

EMPLOI: Less than unemployment
as union employees expect better conditions of employment in 2013. For its part, the Mauritius Employers' Federation (MEF) hope that more focus on training to be a more skilled workforce in all sectors. 
A great expectations for 2013 is that the rate of unemployment is falling quickly. It is the wish of our three interlocutors Imrith Rashid (President of the Federation of Public Sector Unions), Jane Raggoo (President of the Confederation of Private Sector Workers) and Pradeep Dursan (Adviser to the MEF). The first named wants to see the creation of new sustainable and productive jobs in the public and private sectors. 
MEF promotes a better framework for youth through career guidance to help guide and prepare young people before they enter the labor market. Pradeep Dursan expects a greater effort to train to be a more skilled workforce in all sectors, allowing companies to better develop and progress. 
Raggoo Jane wants that special attention be given to youth and women, who are most affected by unemployment. The government should look into this problem and find solutions to ensure everyone a decent job in a safe and healthy environment, with a salary that saves his life with dignity.In this regard, Rashid Imrith hope that the government sets the quantum of subsistence, based on figures from Statistics Mauritius on spending. For him, it will be a way to solve the problem of poverty, because with the current pay scale, many families have difficulty making ends meet.

EDUCATION: Place to reform
the current system Whether examinations leading to the Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) is abolished, that the salary of primary school teachers is aligned with the school, there are more attacks against teachers and the profession is respected. These are the expectations of those working in the education sector. 
Following the National Forum on Review of CPE, which was held last December, was born an expectation that reform takes place in 2013 and finally only considerations of the interests of children are taken into account. Ashik Junglee for Technical Advisor of General Purpose Teachers Union (GPTU) and Vinod Seegum of the Government Teachers Union (GTU), it is high time that a system older than thirty that thousands of children bullied was finally abolished. Jimmy Harmon, head of the Department of Applied Pedagogy Institute Cardinal Jean Margéot, concurs. He believes that interesting proposals have been made in this forum. 
Whilst young people face difficult situations, Jimmy Harmon hopes that steps be taken to ensure that there are more counselors in schools to supervise the . Because teachers are sometimes poor and can not handle all the problems. 
Regarding the cases of attacks against teachers on their workplace, Vinod Seegum wants security officers are stationed outside schools. He wants teachers receive better guidance from the Ministry of Education because they are a noble profession and deserve the respect of all. It is also expected that the anomalies noted in the last report of the Pay Research Bureau are corrected and there is more disparity between the salaries of primary school teachers and the school.

POVERTY: The Year of the challenges
Millions of rupees are passed every year for the fight against poverty in Mauritius. Without a lasting solution can be found, despite the commitment of several public and private bodies. The expectations for 2013 are high on both sides. 
"2013 will be a year of challenges," joked Kadress Pillay, President of the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF). This organization will conduct a battle front against this problem in 2013 with the establishment of integrated projects and an action plan for each pocket of poverty. This will be done in partnership with the targeted people through networks and following evaluation criteria. 
Meanwhile, Goder Thierry, President of Caritas Mauritius hopefully easing in financing projects for the poor so that funds are more easily accessible. "The human misery can not wait," he says. He condemns the ongoing struggle that NGOs should lead to accept his plans to the Committee of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He wishes there were more pro-active at ministerial level. 
Jacqueline Madelon, president of ATD Fourth World (Mauritius) hope that all the projects for the poor should be undertaken in connection therewith. "They know better than anyone what they want." This will prevent projects fall by the wayside for lack of consultation or simply because they are not adapted to the needs of those targeted. 
dignity of persons making requests for social benefits to meet their needs must also be respected, says Jacqueline Madelon. It considers that these people use a right that the state has made in favour of the poor. She stresses that this right is violated and sometimes some people do not get what they deserve.

HIV / AIDS AND ADDICTION: Better support
Despite all campaigns, discrimination and stigma persist vis-à-vis drug users and people living with HIV / AIDS (PLWHA). Support of its people remains a thorny problem, making treatment difficult when he is free. 
Enhanced support, better quality of service, end to discrimination and stigma: the desire of those involved in the fight against HIV / AIDS and related problems. 
Ragini Runghen, coordinator of services Lacaz A Group A Cassis, welcomed the establishment of a special unit in the hospital to provide palliative care to people terminally ill, so they do not die in solitude and indifference. 
Guffran Rostom, department head of the unit to prevent PILS, hoping for a true commitment from the Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam . While he is the president of the National Aids Committee, it plays conspicuously absent. The representative of PILS wants the PM to be present at least once in 2013 so he could be listening to the Multisectorial Technical Committee on HIV / Aids (MTAC). This committee has things to say that support for PLHIV is done in the best conditions. 
Anupah Makoond and Nathalie Rose, Collectif Emergency Toxida (CUT), are delighted that Maurice was the first country in the region Indian Ocean to introduce the needle exchange program and the program of drug substitution with methadone. They hope that the recommendations contained in the report of the conference on risk reduction published in December 2012, to be considered for a better approach to the persons concerned.

ICT training acclaimed
With technological advances that the country has experienced in recent years, Maurice is well equipped, according to Avinash Meetoo, Director of Knowledge Seven and Ramsurrun Deepak, head of communications at Mauritius Telecom (MT). But the lack of user training is criticized. 
Meetoo Avinash and Deepak Ramsurrun agree that the computer is accessible to a wider number of people and devices such as smartphones and digital tablets sell well. They even expect an increase in demand for 2013. Director of Knowledge Seven is that the prices for internet connections are not reasonable. But lower prices is expected in January 2013. The offer entry level ADSL MT would be proposed at Rs 200 monthly. At least that is what was announced ... 
This connectivity should also be faster with projects already underway and will continue in 2013. MT plans to invest in the proposed submarine cable BRICS that can be connected to Maurice countries like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Developments are planned in the draft submarine cable fiber optic link Rodrigues to Mauritius, Rodrigues to allow to enjoy high-speed connectivity to the Internet. 
Avinash Meetoo wish people would realize that the computer is not just a fun product but it is also a tool for knowledge. He believes that we should focus on the use of technology for education, recreation, work, business ... Avinash Meetoo wish establishment of several training programs so that people know make good use of their hardware and can explore all its possibilities.

ENVIRONMENT: Maintain at all costs
Maurice Ile durable concept seems to interest many people. But the country is still as dirty. A change of mentality is hoped: the population should be concerned by the environmental protection and the preservation of our natural resources.

Everyone should be concerned with the preservation of the environment. This is what want, among other things, Vikash Tatayah the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), Khalil Elahee, lecturer at the University of Mauritius and Mahomed Osman, Executive Chairman of the Board Maurice Ile Durable. He hopes the same synergy between public and private sector and the public that the project has an impact MID even wider. 
Khalil Elahee also wants energy projects in Mauritius can be aligned on this concept. For him, 2013 could be the year of energy efficiency, including the implementation of the Building Control Act, which will regulate, among other things, the energy consumption of new buildings. Commission MID attellera there with the famous trilogy of energy security, social equity and reduce impact on the environment. 
With the restoration work of our flora and our fauna undertaken by MWE, Vikash Tatayah wishes endemic species that are most threatened. It is expected that the National Invasive Alien Species Action Plan commitments a reality for more responsible importers of plants and animals and for a more rigorous with regard to the safety of existing species in Mauritius. 
All our partners want the authorities to find the necessary funds to carry out all the projects for the protection of the environment and a green economy.

TOURISM: Expanding the market
The tourism sector has suffered from the economic crisis. Despite a semblance of recovery during the holiday season, with several hotels displaying complete, it is expected that 2013 will be better than previous years. Bissoon Mungroo, president of the boutique hotels of Mauritius sees no signs of recovery of the tourism market. For him, the crisis in Europe seems to persist, the euro is stagnant, and everything suggests that 2013 will be even more difficult. 
Bissoon Mungroo says he does not see a willingness of authorities to explore new markets. China is often mentioned, but the marketing does not follow. According to him, do not stop just there. Russia and India, among others, are potential markets that can be exploited. "It is time to look elsewhere and put a little more emphasis where there is potential."


Text by Le Mauricien

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