Mauritius | Finances

November 03, 2013

Budget 2014: Pending Recovery

In a few days, Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval presents his budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year. While it is discontent in various sectors, many people expect the government a real recovery. Active at different levels, our interlocutors expressed their expectations.

Philosophy

A social budget

A budget that showcases the social, it is the wish of Goder Thierry, President of Caritas Mauritius Reeaz Chuttoo the Confederation of Workers of private island. For the latter, "the government should stop with its policy of social charity" of helping a person in need without really help him out. "The government should come up with a preventive social reform and not continue with its curative social logic." For Thierry Goder, the Minister of Finance should consider the warning signs that social workers and NGOs continue to send on the situation of poverty in Mauritius. Reeaz Chuttoo also calls for the introduction of a social VAT for wealthy visitors who come by private jet to Mauritius and taxation of luxury goods. This new tax would go to a Direct Income Support to help the needy.

Investment recovery

"Budget Office Government must demonstrate its ability to implement measures that will be announced and come up with more effective measures compared to the budgets of previous years because they did not satisfy the people." C ' is the wish of Dr. Chandan Jankee economist and associate professor at the University of Mauritius. For him, the government has a problem of reputation and credibility to solve and now he must demonstrate its ability to continue managing the affairs of the country. As Reeaz Chuttoo, he argues that it is now or never for the Government to make the presentation of the next budget through. If this is 2014, it will be too late, he insists.

For the economist, "this budget should be a five-year plan and highlight the main ideas and the foundation to be able to resume all sectors such economy and investment. "

Priorities

The government should give more opportunities for NGOs to do their job better. Should reinstate the exemption of Income Tax to those who finance NGOs, says Thierry Goder. For him, the face of poverty has changed and no one is immune. Action must be taken now to resolve the situation. His wish is that the Minister of Finance does not leave perceive that promotes the business community, but it offers a fair budget and is not for anyone.

Reeaz Chuttoo, he thinks to be given access to free education for all. For now it is not free for the pre and it does not give equal opportunities for all children a good job later.

Development

Industrial development should be promoted, says Reeaz Chuttoo. As the country turned to the Knowledge based economy, it is of the opinion that to promote industrial development, there will be more job stability and growth. He wants more transparency in fiscal policy and price controls on products such as milk and rice.

Abundant in the same direction, Dr. Jankee wants encouragement be given to the development of agro-industry to Maurice is less dependent on imports some of its food.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Funds should be reviewed to better control. For the union, it is not normal for a NGO formed overnight to benefit from these funds and does not understand how a company that contributes to the fund can pay its employees a salary of Rs 4000. For him the minimum wage should be established based on the average household expenditure.

Dr. Chandan Jankee wishes for his part that the government review its priorities in establishing a relationship of trust with the public by promoting inclusive development. "I agree with the change, but it must come gently and in consultation with the population. Reforms must be inclusive. How people will accept large projects while it does not have enough to eat. We must return to the basic necessities: food, shelter, and a restoration of order and peace, "he said.

According to him, the Minister needs to address any problems with the available resources and demonstrate especially that his priority is the people, by coming up with measures that benefit all as an efficient public service, a better health service. The congestion on the roads problems must also be solved as soon as possible. Dr. Jankee also estimated that the population is choked with controversial measures such as speed cameras, the biometric identity card, the airport worth billions of rupees ... "All these developments are not for the small people who still suffers the problem of unemployment. "An opinion shared Reeaz Chuttoo. For him, the government is more interested in introducing ways to raise money from the public through speeding fines or penalty points than solving problems.

Employment

Minister must propose measures to retain or secure employment and improve the quality of life of Mauritians. He must bring stability and public confidence. There was so much hype that people have lost confidence, says Dr. Jankee.

Stop subsidies

Minister must avoid follow the line of the former financial secretary who introduced "social charity" through the National Empowerment Foundation, said Reeaz Chuttoo. While the population is already overwhelmed by the various price increases, he wishes that there be no further tax weight with additional taxes on cigarettes and alcohol.

As Dr. Jankee, Reeaz Chuttoo wish the government suspend the subsidies granted to religious organizations. He believes that there are family business that have been created that take advantage of these grants as they have no roots in the community.

Stop the waste

The waste of public funds must stop, says Dr Jankee. Each expenditure should be justified. The government should not continue to have non-priority projects and stop the privatization policy that brings money in the short term. The government should end its ultra-liberal economic policy, he also said.

No sellout

Selling land to foreigners and the IRS and ERS projects should be better controlled or arrested, said Reeaz Chuttoo. Young people now have all the pains to acquire land because their value has increased and prices do not reflect their true value, he said.

Improve the quality of life

Dr. Jankee wants the creation of a specialized shop where 8% of people living below the poverty line can source commodities. It would be financed by the CSR and a symbolic contribution of all Mauritians. Extraordinary measures must be taken to alleviate the population for a better economic and social life.

Thierry Goder calls him that the next budget offers more facilities for Mauritians have access to land and resources needed to build a decent home. VAT should be removed from the commodities, he said.

Reeaz Chuttoo wants more access to education and cultural activities, which will encourage a return to values.

 

Text by Le Mauricien
 

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