Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Resigns Amid Financial Scandal
[Deutsche Welle] Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim announced her resignation Saturday amid an ongoing financial scandal. She is accused of purchasing personal luxury items with a credit card from a non-governmental organization.
"The president's attitude is deplorable and disgraceful" - Pravind Jugnauth
[L'Express] new development came today in the constitutional crisis at the head of the state when the prime minister (PM), Pravind Jugnauth, held a press conference where he expressed his "shock" at President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim's refusal to resign. It had been previously announced by the PM last Friday that Gurib-Fakim, currently embroiled in an alleged corruption scandal, "would step down shortly after the 12 March 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, but definitely prior to parliament resuming".
German Ambassador to Mauritius Meets Prime Minister
[Government of Mauritius] The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany to Mauritius with residence in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Mr Harald Gehrig, called on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday afternoon at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
Women in Leadership Positions Are Role Models, Says VPM Jeewa-Daureeawoo
[Government of Mauritius] To achieve long-term change, we need to create a shift in the thinking of the future generation by changing the way we socialise them so that we will build a society that has greater recognition for gender equality. We should instil the idea that men and women are entitled to equal rights and that women's rights are human rights. Both should have balanced responsibilities at home so that both can have the chance to have an equal role in society and in the economy.
Half-Day Workshop Focuses On Computational Model for Flooding
[Government of Mauritius] A half-day workshop focusing on 'A Computational Model for Flooding' in Mauritius was held this morning at Cyber Tower 1 in EbÃ¨ne, at the initiative of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC). Some 120 participants from the public and private sectors were present. The Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, Mr Yogida Sawmynaden, as well as the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, also attended the workshop.
Air Mauritius to Operate Direct Flight to Comoros As From July 2018
[Government of Mauritius] Air Mauritius will start to operate direct flight to the Union of Comoros as from 06 July 2018. In this context, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed this morning by the Vice President of the Union of Comoros, Mr. Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, with Air Mauritius in view of reinforcing further the air connectivity between the two countries.
China Expresses Intent to Reinforce Collaboration With Mauritius
[Government of Mauritius] The People's Republic of China has expressed interest to reinforce collaboration with Mauritius and tap several avenues of cooperation for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Mauritius Turns 50 - How Far Has It Come?
[Deutsche Welle] Mauritius is marking 50 years of independence. The island nation is seen as a success story but the celebration is marred by a political scandal which may cause the country's president to step down.
Mauritius - Media-Savvy President Still Stands Her Ground As Graft Scandal Closes in
[Daily Maverick] Mauritius is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence from British rule this week, but a corruption scandal around the island's first woman president, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has cast a cloud over the festivities. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
Top Mauritian Financial Services Firm to Enter Rwandan Market
[New Times] Rwanda's financial services sector is set to experience increased activity as a top Mauritian financial services firm has expressed interest to enter the local market.
Mauritius and India Will Continue to Walk Hand in Hand, States Indian President Kovind
[Government of Mauritius] In the spirit of Lame dan lame, the theme of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of your country, let me reassure you that India will walk hand in hand and in harmony with Mauritius. India is privileged to be giving Mauritius a helping hand in implementing a range of transformational projects, ranging from the Metro Express, social housing and ENT Hospital to the new World Hindi Secretariat premises and infrastructure development in Agalega.
President Ramnath Kovind - Mauritius and India Have a Shared Destiny and Future
[Government of Mauritius] Mauritius and India have a shared destiny and future as they both cherish the values of freedom, transparency, democracy and human dignity. These values have inspired both countries to a common struggle against colonial rule. India's aspiration is for Mauritius to rise as a leading economy and a voice for peace and stability in the entire Indian Ocean Region.
President to Resign Amid Credit Card Spending Scandal
[Deutsche Welle] Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is Africa's only female head of state. She is accused of using a credit card provided by an international non governmental organization to buy clothes and jewelry.
Mauritian President Expected to Resign
[L'Express] Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius, might not hold her prestigious title for much longer. After the decision to impeach was taken against her by Cabinet on Thursday 8 March, it has been reported that Gurib-Fakim is likely to pack her bags and leave today before the motion is brought to parliament next week.
Cabinet Agrees to Impeach Mauritian President after Independence Day
[L'Express] Almost three years after she became the first woman to be the president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is set to be impeached by the same ruling coalition that put her in the State House. Cabinet agreed today that the expenses scandal revealed by l'express should signal the end of Gurib-Fakim's mandate as president.
How Fashion Brands Are Tackling Modern Slavery in Mauritius
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mauritius may have a reputation as a tropical paradise, but for thousands of migrants working in its factories, it represents a limbo of debt and bonded labour. Many arrive from Bangladesh, attracted by the promise of a decent job so that they can send money home to their families. But the reality is that they end up trapped for months, even years, working to repay the huge fees charged by unscrupulous recruitment agents just to secure their job abroad.
Mauritian President Facing the Sack Over Expenses Furor
[L'Express] Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of Mauritius, has led the country into a constitutional crisis that is likely to plague the 50th anniversary of our independence. While Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth is keen to see the back of the divisive president, she has refused to resign so far. More than a week after the revelations made by l'express, Gurib-Fakim is holding on to the presidency by a thread.
Report On Promotion of Female Participation in the Economy Launched
[Government of Mauritius] A report entitled "Promoting Female Participation in the Economy", having as objective to instigate action to promote female participation in the economy, which is instrumental to enhancing productivity, growth and competitiveness and attaining the vision of becoming a high-income country by Government, was launched by the National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) on 07 March 2018.
First Auto-Motorcycle Driving School Opens in Mauritius
[Government of Mauritius] The first Auto-Motorcycle Driving School to be operated by Advance Institute of Monitoring Ltd, a first in its kind in Mauritius, was officially launched yesterday in Rose Hill. The project is in line with the Road Safety Campaign which kicked off last month and aims at providing motorcyclists with an in-depth and appropriate training course which is henceforth a prerequisite to obtain a motorcycle license.
Mauritius Tops Africa's Economic Freedom Stakes
[Government of Mauritius] Mauritius has maintained its first position as a "mostly free" economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been ranked 21st out of 180 countries with a score of 75,1 in the 24th Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation. The country has recorded an increase of 0,4 points with improvements in scores for government integrity and property rights indicators.