2018-2019 Main Budgetary Measures for Socio-economic Development

This Brief gives an overview of the main measures announced in the Budget 2018-2019 with a special focus on social aspects of the Budget relating to the 4 priority areas of YUVA.

Employability

  • Rs 1 billion to target some 14,000 unemployed and to tackle youth unemployment
  • 3,000 youths to join the National Skills Development Programme (NSDP) for technical training
  • Youth Service Programme introduced under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to develop soft skills such as team building, discipline, communication and work ethics
  • 3,000 unemployed to be enrolled in the National Apprenticeship Programme run by MITD
  • Youth Employment Programme (YEP) to cater for post-HSC unemployed

Employment and Entrepreneurship

  • SME Employment Scheme to target some 1,000 graduates for employment in SMEs
  • Introduction of a Work at Home Scheme
  • Support to set up 100 farms over the next two years under a Sheltered Farming Scheme
  • Sensitisation and training of households in aquaponics for the production of water adaptive vegetables
  • New Scheme for cooperatives that promotes a mix of agricultural and electricity production
  • Creating more linkages with local businesses, encouraging community-based and inclusive tourism
  • A pilot project at Mahebourg for a ‘Village Touristique’
  • Rs 1 billion to support the MSMEs through the DBM
  • DBM will provide loan facilities for start-ups, young entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs at an interest rate  of 3% and non-financial support through a new Hand-holding and Mentoring cell

Poverty Alleviation and Empowerment

  • Provision of Rs 760 million for poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable groups
  • Reinforcing the Case Management Approach
  • Start-up toolkits to be provided to unemployed under training and placement to enable them to work on their own and start a business

Education: Pre-primary

  • Construction of 2 pre-primary units – one at Grand Baie and another one at Montagne Ory

Education: Primary

  • Provision for serving hot meals at Pointe aux Piments and Bois des Amourettes Government Schools on a pilot basis
  • Extension of the Tablet project to grade three students
  • Reconstruction of 7 Government Schools
  • Recruitment of 150 Trainee Primary School Educators

Education: Secondary

  • Construction of a gym in six State Secondary Schools
  • Construction of specialist rooms for Food and Textile Studies and Design and Technology in all State Schools
  • Construction of new science blocks at 3 secondary schools
  • Recruitment of 114 Educators for the secondary schools

Education: Tertiary

Additional income tax deduction in respect of a dependent child who is pursuing tertiary studies raised as follows:

  • if abroad, from Rs 135,000 to Rs 200,000
  • if in Mauritius, from Rs 135,000 to a maximum amount of Rs 175,000

Education: Special Education Needs

  • Setting up of the SEN Authority
  • Annual per capita grant for teaching aids, utilities, furniture and equipment raised from Rs 1,300 to Rs 5,200
  • Students with special needs attending primary and secondary schools to benefit from taxi fares

Health

  • New Teaching Hospital to be built in Flacq
  • Medical hub developed at Côte d’Or City
  • New Cancer Centre to be set up
  • Acquisition of a fully-fledged mobile caravan to promote early detection of breast and cervical cancer
  • Provision of Rs 100 million for the e-Health
  • Recruitment of 10 Specialists, 10 Community Physicians, 7 Clinical Psychologists, 50 Trainee Nurses and 30 Trainee Midwives, amongst others
  • Rs 10 million provided for a new Synthetic Drugs Prevention Programme and Rs 30 million for the Rehabilitation Programme for Alcoholics and Drug Addicts

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YUVA

Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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