Published On: Sat, Nov 10th, 2012

Mauritius Budget 2013: Education, Social, ICT, Health, Environment



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The budget 2013 themed “Rising To The Challenges Of a World In Transition” was presented by Finance Minister Xavier Duval yesterday. The Education, Social and SMEs sectors are the main priorities of the 2013 Mauritius budget.

The Main Points of Mauritius Budget 2013 

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The minimum cost for subscription to high speed internet will decrease from Rs 349 to Rs 200

20,000 touch screen tablets will be offered freely to Form 4 students.

Accelerate the roll-out of 4G across the country by amending ICT Act

Extension of high fiber optic cables to every secondary school (ongoing)

Provision of daily hot meal to each child in every ZEP school

Banks to offer students’ loans to a maximum of Rs 100,000 per year for university fees

Scholarships to children from vulnerable families if they cannot get a student loan and provided they qualify through the Social Register for Mauritius (SRM)

New Campuses in Campuses in Reduit, Pamplemousses, Montagne Blanche and Forest-Side

Increase in the contribution to the monthly salary of non graduates from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000

Increase in the contribution from Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,500 for graduates

Tax on cigarettes increases by 13%, excise duty on alcoholic drinks rise from 5% to 15%

Introduction of a new tax of 2 cents per gm of sugar content on soft drinks

Removal of levy of Rs 1.50 charged by CWA on locally produced soft drinks, bottled water and fruit drinks

To promote sustainable development, an ocean economy will be set up and aspiring students in this field will be awarded scholarship.

50% accelerated capital allowance for investment in green technology equipment

Installation of 10,000 smart electricity meters

Each Ministry and Department to segregate paper waste for recycling

Look for strategic partners for exploitation of our mineral resources

To attract Foreign Direct Invest to Mauritius, there will be intensify investment promotion, especially targetting China and the rest of Asia

Inter-College sports will be reintroduced next year

Companies allowed to use CSR to finance the construction and upgrading of Child Day Care Centres

Elderly people aged between 60 and 89 will get a pension of Rs 3409, those aged between 89 and 99 will receive Rs 10, 409 and centenarians will be allocated Rs 11,807.

The Government will increase the subvention on the Solar Heater Water Scheme to Rs 200 millions to meet the increasing demand.

Companies exporting to Africa will get a Freeport Status. Freeport Zones will be set up in the port and airport.

Increasing public sector capital investment programme by 39% to reach Rs 28.6 billion

Expansion of the CCTV street surveillance system

Abolishing VAT on cinema and concert tickets and shows

Companies will be allowed to finance all Child Day Care Center Project for their CSR program.

Permit fees for Management companies in the offshore sector will be calculated in terms of their turnover.

Registration for first time home buyers is removed.

Rs 12,000 allowance for those interested in a health insurance

Recruitment of another cohort of nurses, 75 General Practitioners and 25 Specialists

Introduction of a new Pr-Registration Examination for all doctors and dental surgeons

Provision of subsidy of Rs 40 M on locally produced compost

Urban and rural renovation projects to improve living environment

Increase the monthly allowance for high level athletes by 50 %

The annual turnover threshold for compulsory VAT registration which has remained unchanged at Rs 2 million since 2006 will be raised to Rs 4 million.

Loan to SMEs with turnover under Rs 10 M

Waiver on loans at the DBM for SMEs

VAT registration threshold doubles to Rs 4 M

Judicial and Legal Provisions Legislation will be amended accordingly for judgements to be delivered expeditiously

Direct flights to China and Russia

Opening up of visa requirements for Nationals of 75 countries in Africa

Launch a new scholarship scheme for 50 deserving African students

Measures in the 2013 Budget in details

Measures – Implementation

ICT

1. Reduction of entry level broadband cost from Rs 349 to Rs 200 (Jan 2013)

2. Payments by mobile in Governmental departments starting with MRA (December 2012)

3. Online payment by credit card by 8 departments (March 2013)

4. Reduction of each Ministry’s annual stationary budget by 25 % (January 2013)

5. Use of digital signatures to carry out transactions on-line (March 2013)

6. Head of IT in each Ministry to be a professional (January 2013)

7. All heads (Supervising officers and Senior Staff) of Ministries, Government Agencies and Departments will be expected to be IT proficient (June 2013)

8. Merging of Central Informatics Bureau, Central Information Systems Division and IT Security Unit (June 2013)

9. Promote use of ICT equipment in the National Assembly (March 2013)

10. Replacing paper with digital documents in the National Assemblyin line with MID Programme (March 2013)

Harnessing the potential of our youth

11. One tablet computer for Form IV in all secondary schools (2013)

12. Programme to introduce digital learning in schools starting with Form IV (2013)

13. Extension of high fibre optic cables to every secondary school (ongoing)

14. Implementation of a mass online IT training programme with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (June 2013)

15. Emerging Leaders Award (June 2013)

Increasing our competitiveness

16. Reduction by cost of International Private Leased Circuits (IPLC) by a further 15 % (Jan 2013)

17. Setting up of incubators for Application Developers (ongoing)

18. Strengthening of Privacy Laws (June 2013)

A new digital era

19. Increase connectivity to Rodrigues by satellite from 37 to 155 MB

20. Switch off the analog television broadcast

21. Accelerate the roll-out of 4G across the country by amending ICT Act

22. Encourage sharing of phone masts (Telecommunication Towers)

23. Dedicated hi-tech industrial park


The awakening of Africa

24. IMF Regional Training Institute for Africa

25. Opening up of visa requirements for Nationals of 75 countries

26. Appointment of Hononary Consuls in every major city on the African Continent

27. Launch a new scholarship scheme for 50 deserving African students

28. Signature of 5 DTAs and IPPAs

29. Amend legislation to allow freeport companies to carry out specific manufacturing activities

30. Planning of Freeport zones near the port and airport

Consolidating our financial system

31. Limited Liability Partnership Bill (June 2013)

32. Amending legislation to allow for a new category of non-treaty based funds (December 2013)

33. Amending legislation to allow for setting up of Regional Treasury Centres and Regional Headquarters Administration (December 2012)

34. Extension of network of DTAs and IPPAs (Ongoing)

35. Amending legislation for issue of Tax Residence Certificates only upon compliance with enhanced commercial substance requirements (December 2012)

36. Licence fees to be based on turnover for Management Companies (January 2013)

37. Amendment to legislation for automatic penalties in cases of late filling of documents and late
payments (December 2012)

38. Signature of Tax Information Exchange Agreement with India (June 2013)

39. Amendment of legislation to improve governance and the financial services regulatory framework (December 2012)

40. Deposit Insurance Legislation (June 2013)

41. Implementation of a Compensation Fund in cases of ‘hit and run’ (June 2013)

42. Ombudperson for Financial Services Bill and more clout to Borrowers Protection Act (June 2013)

43. Implementation of Treat Your Customers Fairly programme (December 2012)

44. Amend legislation to allow BOM to impose a cap on bank charges (December 2012)

45. A service fee to be charged for issuing Tax Residence Certificate (January 2013)

Tourism

46. Direct flights to China

47. Direct flights to Russia

48. Creation of a fully equipped kite surfing training centre

49. Rehabilitation of One-eye site near Le Morne

50. Extension for the next two years of the payment facility to loss making hotels, guest houses and tourist residences in respect of the Environment Protection Fee

51. Where necessary, the Alternative Minimum Tax will be suspended to enable establishment to benefit from special measures to support the Tourist Industry

52. Payment facility in respect of rentals of the new industrial lease will be provided to any hotels which do not distribute dividends

53. Higher reduction in rental for islets and sites with severe planning restrictions

54. 50 % reduction in lease rental for Hotel undergoing reconstruction and renovation

55. Rent for new industrial leases to be updated for inflation

Entertainment and Shopping

56. Framework for relocation of gaming houses, night clubs and similar establishments away from residential areas to shopping malls

57. Incentives for fitting out of High Street Shops and restaurants

58. The VAT refund system for visitors will be revamped

Extend holiday package in Rodrigues

59. Extend holiday package in Rodrigues

Manufacturing Industry

60. Development of overseas market for manufacturing companies (January 2013)

61. 50 % accelerated depreciation on acquisition of plant, machinery and equipment (December 2012)

62. Abolishment of bank guarantee to be replaced by a fixed fee for expatriate work permits for export oriented industries (January 2013)

63. Abolishing the AGOA levy (December 2012)

64. FSC authorised to licence service providers offering export credit insurance (March 2013)

65. Any changes in import duty likely to affect local manufacturers will be announced with at least 6 months prior notice

66. Loan to SMEs with turnover under Rs10 M

67. 50 percent of losses incurred by banks to be guaranteed by Government

68. The interest rate brought down to 7.25% for new leasing facilities

69. Doubling VAT registration threshold to Rs 4 M

70. Waiver on loans at the DBM

71. Regrouping and rationalising of all the schemes for SMEs

72. SMEs bidding for Govt contracts will not be required to produce performance bonds for contracts of up to Rs 5M

73. Advance payment guarantees will be over hauled

74. Outcomes of tender exercises will be displayed on the procurement portal for values of Rs 5 M and above

75. Doubling the amount of refund to SMEs for participation in international fairs from Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000

76. MBGS to provide technical assistance to improve productivity in the shoe sector

77. Special grant of Rs 10 M to Enterprise Mauritius to support marketing for exports of shoes

78. SMEDA will develop the ‘Made with Care’ label

79. Turnover threshold for operation of the CPS to be raised to Rs 4 M. Likewise, companies with turnover below Rs 4 M will benefit from the same facility under the Advance Payment System

80. MBGS unit to ensure coordination on technical assistance, start-ups and monitoring

81. SME Partnership Fund and the NRF Equity Investment Ltd to be placed under the same management

82. Providing a grant for freight expenses up to Rs 20,000

83. Imports of handicrafts depicting the national heritage of Mauritius to be controlled

Agriculture: Land Use

84. Land Conversion Committee will elaborate criteria for land conversion

85. Compiling of information on available land for lease and provide same to planters

86. Develop an appropriate legal framework to encourage owners of land to lease their lands for cultivation

Supporting small planters

87. Provision of subsidy of Rs 40 M on locally produced compost

88. Expand financing of the Field Operations Regrouping and Irrigation Project (FORIP) and land preparation and other related schemes and extend same facilities to non-sugar agriculture

89. Framework for Government to bear full costs for pre-market test and certification fees for small agricultural enterprises with turnover not exceeding Rs 10 M

90. Government will maintain the freight rebate scheme for planters and fruit exporters

91. Extension of VAT Refund scheme for small farmers

92. Salle de Decoupe

93. Increase provision for enhanced coverage by Small Farmers Welfare Fund

94. Maintaining 80% advance to sugar cane planters

95. Government will make more diplomatic efforts with the EU to ensure market access for refined sugar is maintained until at least 2020

Ocean economy

96. Look for strategic partners for exploitation of our mineral resources

97. Consider creation of Off-Shore wind farms in the waters of Rodrigues

98. Special scholarships for youth and professionals to embrace a career in the ocean economy

Fishing

99. Initiate two more aquaculture pilot projects in Le Morne and Mahebourg

100. Increase pace for replenishment of lagoons

101. Autonomy to the Competent Authority in fish and fish products intended for export

Improving Health Services

102. Recruitment of another cohort of nurses, 75 General Practitioners and 25 Specialists

103. Continuous Professional Development to be introduced and become mandatory for all doctors and dental surgeons practising in the Republic of Mauritius

104. Introduction of a new Pre-Registration Examination for all doctors and dental surgeons

105. All students to undertake medical studies to have appropriate qualifications at HSC or equivalent level

106. Introduction of a new shift system for our casualty departments, not working more than 8 hours at a stretch


Non-Communicable Diseases

107. Introduction of a new tax of 2 cents per gm of sugar content on soft drinks

108. Removal of levy of Rs 1.50 charged by CWA on locally produced soft drinks, bottled water and fruit drinks

109. Increase excise duty on cigarettes and cigars

110. Increase excise duty on alcoholic products

111. Introduction of Pre-Clinical Research Bill

Education: Foundation years

112. Amending CSR guidelines to enable financing construction and improvement of Day Care Centres

113. One-off grant up to Rs 200,000 to existing Day Care Centres

Summer and Winter Schools

114. Extending summer and winter school programme

115. Banks to offer students’ loans to a maximum of Rs 100,000 per annum for university fees

116. Scholarships to children from vulnerable families if they cannot get a student loan and provided they qualify through the Social Register for Mauritius (SRM)

117. Recruitment of 12 Quality Assurance Officers for Secondary schools

Making Education work

118. Ensure consultation between Industry partners, Government and Education Institutions

119. Les Assises de L’Education’ will be held annually

120. Student visa and part time work schemes for foreign students is being extended to technical and vocational institutions

121. Campuses in Reduit, Pamplemousses, Montagne Blanche and Forest-Side

Attracting FDI to our shores

122. Intensify investment promotion, especially targeting China and the rest of Asia

Further improving the investment climate

123. The Business Facilitation Act will be revisited to adopt a ‘whole of Government’ approach

124. The Registrar of Companies to act as a single point for payment of trade fees

125. Assist investors for implementation of large projects

126. Bring fundamental changes to the system of permits and permanent residence

127. Bilateral Investment Treaty with USA

Youth and employment: Youth Employment Programme

128. Increase in the contribution to the monthly salary of non graduates from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000

129. From Rs 6,000 to Rs 7,500 for graduates

130. This support being extended from 6 months to one year

131. Subsidise half of the training cost up to a ceiling of Rs 7,500 per employee

Skills working group

132. Setting up of the Skills Working Group within the National Resilience Fund

Service to Mauritius

133. Recruitment of first batch new graduates under the Service To Mauritius (STM) programme

134. Scheme will be expanded with additional training and career counseling

Industry Placements

135. Promotion of sandwich courses by Tertiary Institutions

136. Give priority to sandwich courses prior to graduation

137. Companies employing at least 80 % of local workforce will get a 15 % preference on public works contracts

Opportunities for persons with disabilities

138. Government to open up employment opportunities for people with disabilities under the Service To Mauritius (STM) programme

139. Visually impaired students will be provided with braille personal computers

Equal Opportunities

140. Doubling Budget of the EOC

Reforms to Justice System

141. Judicial and Legal Provisions Legislation will be amended accordingly for judgements to be delivered expeditiously

142. 50 additional judicial assistants

143. Creation of a proper Family Court

144. The Judiciary to chair a committee to make recommendations to the Govt on how to make a more effective use of Community Sentencing

Law and Order

145. Recruitment of 600 additional Policemen

146. Expansion of the CCTV street surveillance system

147. The Customs Dept of the MRA to implement a Drug Entry Interdiction Programme

148. Purchase rapid intervention crafts and boats

149. Installation of system for biometric passports and upgrading of border control system

150. Opening of Melrose Prison

151. Acquisition of equipment for the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL)

152. Five fold increase in firearm license fees


Cleaner and Greener Mauritius

153. Acquisition of compactor lorries

154. Cleaning of all classified roads in Mauritius

155. Urban and rural renovation projects to improve living environment

156. Improve frequency of the service for removal of bulky , except construction waste, free of charge

157. Develop a framework to allow differentiated excise duties to be applied on households appliances

158. 25 % of Government’s paper requirements will be met by recycled paper

159. Each Ministry and Department to segregate paper waste for recycling

160. Doubling the funds available for the solar water heater scheme

161. Installation of 10,000 smart electricity meters

162. Implementation of a time of use tariff for electricity

163. Put in place a framework to require an energy audit to be conducted by end of December 2013 by every beneficiary of concessionary electricity tariffs with large consumption

164. 50% accelerated capital allowance for investment in green technology equipment

165. Upgrading of Vallee d’Osterlog

166. Elaboration of a programme to protect sea turtles in Rodrigues

Infrastructure

167. Increasing public sector capital investment programme by 39% to reach Rs 28.6 billion

Reinforcing protection for the most vulnerable

168. Provision of daily hot meal to each child in every ZEP school

169. Children on the NEF Extreme Poverty List will be offered child support schemes provided their parents apply through the social register of Mauritius

170. Child Benefit will be set at a minimum of Rs 750 per month per child, provided the famillies apply through the Social Register of Mauritius

171. Conditional cash transfer scheme for children from families with monthly income of less than Rs 6,200 who show improvement and attendance in school

172. The MRA Tax return Forms will be simplified for house workers

173. Amending Social Security Act to cover wives and orphans of persons who disappeared at sea

Social Housing

174. Ministry of Housing to launch its own tender for the construction of houses

175. Extension of subsidy to NHDC syndics for another year

176. NEF will intensify its activities for the construction of concrete and CIS houses

177. 4 other sites identified for construction of social housing

178. Construction of houses at Karo Kalyptis

179. Housing and agricultural land leases will be replaced by a nominal fee of Rs 1 per year


Getting maximum impact from Corporate Social Responsibility

180. Setting up of an Advisory Technical CSR sub-Committee

181. NCSR Committee to provide annually on its website a statement of the sector-wise distribution of the CSR Fund

182. Companies allowed to use CSR to finance the construction and upgrading of Child Day Care Centres

183. Companies will be allowed to carry forward excess CSR funds

Culture, Arts and Leisure

184. Grand Baie Conference Centre put at the disposal of artists at highly discounted rates

185. Installation of protective equipment for the turf at Anjalay Stadium to enable the organisation of major concerts

186. Reviewing the rebate under the film framework for qualified production expenditures from 25 to 30 %

187. Broaden the spectrum of eligible productions under the film framework to include high end TV commercials and documentaries

188. Central server of the GRA (Gambling Regulatory Authority) to be operated by the MRA

189. Abolishing VAT on cinema and concert tickets and shows

Sports

190. Additional ‘Bourse de perfectionment’

191. Expanding Sport Etude Programme

192. Increase the monthly allowance for high level athletes by 50 %

193. Relaunching the famous Sports Inter Colleges

194. Increasing funds for Trust Fund for Sports

Supporting consumers in Rodrigues

195. Equalising price of Rice and flour with Mauritius

196. Subsidy on freight to Rodrigues for cement, milk, oil and tea

 

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  • hady
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    very good budget for 2013 but can you please put on the budget which kind of tablette would the form 4 student get. please for my sake

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