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Conseil des ministres: Les amendements à l’ICTA Act présentés

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Conseil des ministres: Les amendements à l’ICTA Act présentés et le Rodrigues Regional Assembly Bill envoyé à la RRA

Réuni ce vendredi sous la présidence du Premier ministre, sir Anerood Jugnauth, le cabinet a donné son accord pour que l’ICTA Act soit amendée pour permettre la retransmission en direct des débats à l’Assemblée nationale. La nomination de Dheeren Kumar Daby au poste de chairman de la Financial Intelligence Unit a été approuvée. Autre décision majeure concerne la réforme électorale à Rodrigues. Ainsi, le Rodrigues Regional Assembly Bill sera envoyé à l’Assemblée Régionale de Rodrigues pour être étudié.

Ci-dessus les principales décisions du conseil des ministres prises le 4 novembre 2016

1.Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Information and Communication Technologies (Amendment) Bill in the National Assembly in view of the implementation of live broadcasting of the proceedings of the National Assembly in the near future.  The Bill amends –

  • the Information and Communication Technologies Act to exempt MultiCarrier (Mauritius) Ltd, which will operate the transmission stations for the broadcast of the proceedings of the National Assembly, from the payment of any fee to the Information and Communication Technologies Authority;
  • the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act to provide that the National Assembly shall, for the broadcast of its proceedings, be exempt from being licensed with the Independent Broadcasting Authority; and
  • the National Assembly (Privileges, Immunities and Powers) Act to provide that no civil or criminal proceedings shall be instituted against any person for broadcasting the proceedings of the National Assembly.

2. Cabinet has agreed to the Rodrigues Regional Assembly (Amendment) Bill being forwarded to the Rodrigues Regional Assembly for concurrence. The main object of the Bill is to reform the electoral system in Rodrigues by providing –

  • gender equality;
  • a more equitable representation of parties; and
  • anti-defection measures to enhance stability.

The Bill amends the Rodrigues Regional Assembly Act and lays down, among others, that –

(a)the Regional Assembly shall consist of –

  • 12 local region members elected on the first past the post basis;
  • 5 island region members, instead of 6, elected under the current Proportional Representation system;
  • allocation of additional seats, where needed, to ensure an overall majority of 3 seats to the party which has won 7 or more local region seats;

(b) each registered party presenting more than 2 candidates at an ordinary election, shall ensure that not more than two thirds of the total number of candidates of that party in the 6 local regions are of the same sex;

(c)     a registered party may file a Party List which shall contain the names of not more than 12 persons, and not include the name of a person whose name is included on any other list submitted by a registered party for election as a member for the Island, and who is a registered party candidate, other than Party Leader, for election as a member for a local region; and

(d)      a registered party may file a Party List which shall not comprise more than two thirds of persons of the same sex.

3.Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Cooperatives Bill in the National Assembly.  The object of the Bill is to repeal and replace the Cooperatives Act 2005 by a new enactment, which will, inter alia, provide for –

  • the setting up of a Cooperative Audit Unit within the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives to ensure transparency and accountability in the management and control of cooperatives; and
  • the establishment of a National Cooperative College which will be responsible for developing the cooperative movement through education and training.

4.Cabinet has agreed to the extension of the existing agreement between the Government of Mauritius and the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre Ltd to include the setting up and operation of an International Arbitration Hearing Centre equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and amenities/facilities to create the ideal physical setting for arbitration and dispute resolution hearings in Mauritius as announced in the 2016-2017 Budget Speech.  The opening of the Hearing Centre will ensure that Mauritius maintains its lead in the field of arbitration.

5. Cabinet has taken note of the National Code of Corporate Governance for Mauritius (2016) which has been endorsed by the National Committee on Corporate Governance.  The main objectives of the Code are to introduce and encourage organisations to comply with good governance practices, and empower participation of stakeholders in ensuring that these practices are effectively implemented.  The purpose of Corporate Governance is to facilitate entrepreneurial and prudent management that can deliver the long-term success of an organisation.

6. Cabinet has taken note that the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security would authorise the importation of pregnant heifers, bull for slaughter, as well as goats and sheep, to meet the demand for fresh meat on the local market during the festive period of December 2016/January 2017.  The Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security would make appropriate arrangements as regards quarantine of the animals.

7.Cabinet has taken note of measures taken by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare to strengthen the Foster Care System.  In this connection, Ms Vasundhra Sachdeva, Managing Director of Centre of Excellence in Alternative Care for Children (New Delhi) and Research Scholar with the Institute of Technology and Management (ITM) University, Gurgaon, has been assigned the responsibility to –

  • conduct a situation analysis of the actual Foster Care System;
  • conduct a feasibility study of the Foster Care System as a public or private component; and
  • determine ways and means to professionalise the Foster Care System in Mauritius.

There is currently no standard to foster care and no guideline to regulate the work of foster carers.

.Cabinet has taken note of the setting up of an Academic Board at the Mauritius Maritime Training Academy to –

  • supervise and develop all academic activities of the Academy, including the maintenance of high standards in teaching and research;
  • determine all matters related to courses and subjects, admission and enrolment of students, assessment and admission to courses;
  • be responsible for formulating and reviewing policies, rules, guidelines and procedures in relation to academic matters;
  • monitor the implementation and effectiveness of policies at the Academy to sustain academic quality and assurance; and
  • elaborate recommendations on collaboration and networking with foreign maritime institutions.

9. Cabinet has taken note that Mr Dheerendra Kumar Dabee, GOSK, SC, Solicitor General, has been appointed Chairperson of the Board of the Financial Intelligence Unit.

10. Cabinet has taken note of the Third National Communication Report on Climate Change for the Republic of Mauritius.  The Report highlights the state of affairs in relation to climate change and measures implemented at national level in various key sectors, namely, energy, transport, waste management, water, agriculture, biodiversity, coastal zone, fisheries, health and infrastructure.

11. Cabinet has taken note of the new National Plan of Action for Nutrition for the period 2016 to 2020. The main objectives of the Plan are, amongst others, to –

  • promote appropriate diets and healthy lifestyles, including raising the consumption of fruits and vegetables by two fold, decreasing the consumption of oils, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids by 5%;
  • protect consumers through improved food quality and safety, enforcement of food regulations, consumer education;
  • prevent specific micro-nutrient deficiencies, particularly minimising anaemia;
  • mount aggressive sensitisation campaigns on risks associated with overweight and obesity, and the benefits of adopting healthy lifestyles; and
  • establish dietary recommendations for adults for the prevention of chronic diet-related diseases based on the World Health Organization’s population nutrient intake goals.

12. Cabinet has taken note of the activities that would be organised to mark the World Diabetes Day 2016 observed worldwide on 14 November. The theme of this year’s event is “Eyes on Diabetes.”  According to the Non-Communicable Diseases Survey Report 2015, the prevalence of diabetes in Mauritius has stabilised at 22.8% in 2015, as compared to 23.6% in 2009, while the prevalence of pre-diabetes for the same period has declined from 24.4% to 19.4%. The activities would include –

  • the launching of a ‘First Day Cover’ on diabetes;
  • an exhibition on NCDs and other health related issues, such as retinal and foot care;
  • retinal and NCD screening across the country;
  • an open day with Type 1 Diabetic patients aged between 17 to 30 years at Victoria Hospital; and
  • Continuous Nursing Education on the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes Care”, including demonstration on insulin injection techniques, proper use of glucose meters at Dr A.G. Jeetoo Hospital.

13. Cabinet has taken note of the Family Planning and Demographic Yearbook 2015.  The Yearbook provides information on population trends, family planning and health service points for the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues.  The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life proposes to prepare a comprehensive population policy document with a view to determining priorities in population and development programmes for sustainable development of the country.

14.Cabinet has taken note that the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is organising a Walk from Ebène to Rose-Hill on the theme “Let’s Walk the Talk for Gender Equality”, in the context of the UN Women campaign “Planet 50-50 by 2030 – Step it Up for Gender Equality”.  The objectives of the Walk are to –

  • raise awareness on gender equality;
  • bring forth that women’s rights are human rights;
  • flag out the issue of violation of women’s rights;
  • enlist the commitment of all partners working for gender equality; and
  • showcase best practices on gender equality.

15. Cabinet has taken note of activities that would be organised on the occasion of the International Day Against Violence Against Women commemorated on 25 November.  The theme for year 2016 is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:  Make Education Safe for All.  The slogan retained by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare is Aret Violans Domestik.  The activities would include –

  • a colloquium for Magistrates on “Domestic Violence: The Justice System”;
  • the launching of a National Video Clip Competition on “Aret Violans Domestik”; and
  • launching of an awareness campaign on toll-free hotline 139.

16. Cabinet has taken note that the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms would launch the Public Service Excellence Award (PSEA) 2016, on the theme “Excellence – doing ordinary things extraordinarily well”.

Cabinet has further taken note that Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed State Secondary School was declared Grand Winner for the PSEA 2015.

17. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade to Indonesia where he attended the 16th Meeting of the IORA Council of Ministers.  The issues discussed were, among others –

  • IORA Concord and Action Plan;
  • establishment of an Economic Cooperation Framework for the IORA Region; and
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

In the margins of the Meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade had bilateral discussions, among others, with the Hon Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, on the setting up of a Joint Commission to deepen diplomatic and economic relations, and the Hon Meezan Merican, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia on the Malaysian investment in Mauritius and Africa and the Mauritius-Malaysia Cooperation.

18.  Cabinet has taken note of the reconstitution of the Cooperative Development Advisory Board with Mr Pradeo Buldee as Chairperson.

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Betamax: Pas de « révision judiciaire » pour le CP sur le « move uncommon » du DPP

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Betamax: Pas de « révision judiciaire » pour le CP sur le « move uncommon » du DPP

Le Commissaire de Police ne pourra pas avoir recours à une revision judiciaire. Son application en Cour suprême dans ce sens sur la « decision making process » du Directeur des Poursuites Publiques de prononcer un non-lieu contre les accusés dans l’affaire Betamax sans l’avoir informé mais à travers un communiqué, a été rejetée mercredi. Les juges Hamuth et Fekna, même s’ils considèrent que le manoeuvre du DPP « was certainly uncommon » dans cette affaire, sont arrivés à la conclusion que le communiqué a fait plus de bien que mal aux yeux du public.

Le CP avait soutenu dans son affidavit que le DPP avait communiqué publiquement sa décision le 23 novembre 2016 avant de l’informer. Ce qui a « affaibli l’autorité du CP aux yeux du public et dans le fonctionnement du système de justice pénale ». Il est mentionné dans l’affidavit que « the applicant is aggrieved by the course of action adopted by the respondent which, according to him, is most unusual in the sense that it was improper for the respondent to give his advice in the public domain before having given formal advice to the applicant in the PF 100. This, according to the applicant, undermines his authority in the eyes of the public and is detrimental to the proper working of the criminal justice system in the country. Further, the applicant has averred that, having regard to the provisions of the Standing Orders made pursuant to section 6 of the Police Act, the action of the respondent constitutes a procedural irregularity. It is also the contention of the applicant that the respondent has failed to take into account relevant matters and that the decision reached by him is unreasonable. The present application for judicial review is being made because there is a strong public interest element in the matter. »

Pratiquement tous les points présentés par les hommes de loi du CP ont été rejetés.  Les juges Hamuth et Fekna, même s’ils considèrent que la prise de position du bureau du DPP était “uncommon”, pensent que vu la portée de cette affaire et les personnes impliquées, la publication de sa décision à travers un communiqué a peut-être fait plus de bien que de mal aux yeux du public. Ils écrivent ceci: “We are of the view that the course of action adopted by the respondent in this case was certainly uncommon. But, we are not prepared to say that it amounted to an irregularity, let alone a serious irregularity warranting a judicial review of the decision making process and of the decision of the respondent. At the end of the day, what matters is whether the decision of the respondent was transparent and clearly explained. Any right-thinking citizen cannot claim to have his confidence in the criminal justice system undermined as long as the decision not to prosecute was fully justified. In view of the interests at stake and the personalities involved in this case, the publication of the decision of the respondent by way of a communiqué may have achieved more good in the public eye.”

Les juges ont rappelé au CP que des poursuites doivent être entamées devant une cour de justice contre des suspects que quand “there is a strong likelihood of the case against the suspects being proved beyond reasonable doubt whilst bearing in mind procedural rules and the admissibility of evidence. To do otherwise would only amount in a wastage of time, effort and public funds.”

Pour rappel, ce “non-lieu” avait été prononcé par le Directeur des Poursuites publiques en faveur des personnes inculpées après une enquête sur l’affaire Betamax. Une enquête qui concernait les procédures entourant l’octroi d’un contrat de Rs 10 milliards à la compagnie Betamax de Vikram Bhunjun pour le transport de produits pétroliers entre l’Inde et Maurice, et ce sans l’aval du Procurement Board, avait été communiqué directement au public.

 

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Fête du Travail: Le Muvma Premye Me honore les travailleurs à sa façon

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Fête du Travail: Le Muvma Premye Me honore les travailleurs à sa façon

Fête du Travail: Le Muvma Premye Me honore les travailleurs à sa façon

Le Muvma Premye Me, en collaboration avec diverses fédérations telles que, la CTSP, LALIT, la Fédération des Travailleurs Unis (FTU), et quelques  autres, se rassembleront pour le dévoilement d’une stèle à l’occasion de la fête du travail. Le dévoilement se fera à Plaza, à Rose-Hill le premier mai prochain et a pour but d’honorer ceux qui ont lutté pour la cause des travailleurs.  Le syndicaliste fait aussi appel aux membres du public à venir avec d’autres noms qui pourraient être ajoutés à la stèle.

Jack Bizlall avance que diverses organisations seront présentes durant ce rassemblement. Plusieurs participants prendront la parole et élaboreront sur la lutte de la classe sociale.

Par ailleurs, le syndicaliste Reaz Chuttoo, annonce que les membres des fédérations se réuniront pour une marche lors de la fête du travail à Beau-Bassin. Elle débutera à 9h 30, avec un dépôt de gerbes devant le bureau de poste.

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Kunal Naik : « La composition des drogues synthétiques interpelle»

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Kunal Naik : « La composition des drogues synthétiques interpelle»

La drogue synthétique continue à faire des ravages dans le pays. Le Collectif Urgence Toxida (CUT) tire une fois de plus la sonnette d’alarme sur la gravité de la situation. Les membres de l’ONG, dont Danny Philippe, Kunal Naik, Rosy Khedoo et Jonathan Narain, ont réuni la presse, ce jeudi 26 avril.

Kunal Naik,déplore un manque de communication autour du National Drug Master Plan, surtout du ministère de la défense. « Mo pa kone kan pou implemante li. Kan li pou passe devant kabinet ministeriel. Kan zot pou get ki bann mézir bizin met anplas dan sa program la.» Il y a une urgence, souligne-t-il. Il affirme qu’il y a une montée de la drogue synthétique.

« li telman danzere ki nu pas kone ki bann molecule ki pe sirkiler. Nu pa kone kuma pou donn enn appui medikal a sa bann sibtans la.» Il est d’avis qu’il faut d’abord venir de l’avant avec un plan directeur sur la prévention avant d’implémenter le National Drug Master Plan. Ce plan directeur devra concerner ceux qui sont les plus vulnérables à la drogue synthétique.

Danny Philippe abonde dans le même sens. Le président de CUT explique qu’il faut un plan global. « Nu gayn bann deman tou le zur.  Ki li dan bann lekol, bann firm privé ek bann kartier. Zot tou dir nu la drog enn problem. Ki nu (CUT) kapav fer.  Ena fwa nu impuissant. Nu pas kapav reponn a tou demande. Li demande bouku zefort, bouku appui financier.» Le gouvernement doit venir de l’avant avec un mechanisme national de prévention.

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