Mauritius: Policy Dialogue Meetings Focus On Reskilling of Workforce and the Development of Agro-Processing Zone

A second series of policy dialogue meetings is being held, today, between the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Dr Renganaden Padayachy, and several Ministers, in Port-Louis, in the context of the forthcoming Budget 2021-2022.

Discussions focussed on the way forward as regards key priority projects in respective sectors at a time where the world economy is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Need to reskill the workforce

Dr Padayachy first met the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training, and Minister of Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Soodesh Satkam Callichurn.

In a statement after the meeting, the latter underlined the need to reskill the workforce so as to better prepare for the future when the economy will be fully functional. At present, he observed, many people have lost their jobs and the workforce market is very restricted with no visibility.

He also highlighted that discussions with the Finance Minister centred on job creation, skilling, and the training of youth. In the same vein, he dwelt on the need to relaunch the National Employment Department and to allocate necessary funds for this project. The ultimate goal, he stated, is to offer a job to each Mauritian.

Developing the STC into a profitable institution

As regards the Commerce Division, Minister Callichurn highlighted the need to develop the State Trading Corporation (STC) into a profitable institution. According to him, the STC should have its own storage capacity which will enable it to store gas and fuel and to eventually make profits. This in turn, he added, will allow STC reserves to grow which will enable it to eventually diversify into other types of activities.