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Mauritius fast facts

Joined:

2014

Key cross-sectoral policies

Three Year Strategic Plan 2017/2018-2019/2020

Marshall Plan Against Poverty

Key thematic and sectoral action areas in 2017:

Public environment and expenditure review

Industrial waste management

Green finance

IGEIntegrated Green Economy learning and e-learning

PAGE's support to Mauritius contributes to the achievement of the following SDGsSustainable Development Goals from the United Nations' 2030 ...:

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Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Overview

The Government of Mauritius is committed to addressing unemployment, alleviating poverty and accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the Mauritian government has placed special focus on:

  • inclusive growth and investment in the economy with emphasis on infrastructure development and
  • enhancing human capital development to reduce high levels of unemployment

PAGE is working with Mauritius to implement the green economy goals promoted through the Three Year Strategic Plan 2017/2018-2019/2020, “Raising to the Challenge of our Ambitions".

 

PAGE’s work in Mauritius focuses on:

  1. Proving technical and financial support to integrate inclusive green economy principles into mid- and long-term development plans
  2. Establishing methodologies, techniques and policy frameworks for sectoral reforms
  3. Building knowledge and raising awareness about green economy opportunities in the public and private sectors.

 Progress in 2017: A Snapshot

Climate finance tracking

Following the recommendations of an earlier public environment expenditure review (PEER), PAGE is supporting the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to introduce climate finance tracking tools within the budget process and the Treasury Accounting System. This work enables quarterly and yearly calculations on total public sector expenditure on the environment.

 

Green financing

In 2017, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius requested PAGE support for green bonds market development, with a focus on building capacity among green bond verifiers. Training and awareness raising activities are planned for 2018 to enable the issuance of green bonds on the Mauritius Stock Exchange.

Waste management

PAGE has commissioned an Industrial Waste Assessment (IWA) for Mauritius to guide policymakers in the development of their strategic green industrial policies as they advance their green economies. The aim of the assessment is to stimulate industrial symbiosis through the establishment of recycling activities and a circular economy.

The assessment was endorsed by the Cabinet in 2017, and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection is taking forward the recommendations of the assessment.

E-Learning for Green Economy

PAGE held a two-day training of trainers on “How to design, develop and deliver effective e-learning”, with the goal of capturing the full potential of the e-learning platform for training civil servants and to deliver effective and high quality education on green economy.

In 2017, PAGE initiated a learning needs assessment with the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform (MoCSAR).

How does PAGE's work in Mauritius meet its objectives?

 
Achieving the SDGsSustainable Development Goals from the United Nations' 2030 ... and Paris Agreement on Climate

Outcome 1: National policymaking

In Mauritius,  the government has been preparing a the Vision 2030 a comprehensive and coordinated National Economic Development Strategy to achieve a high-income, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2030.

In 2017, the government launched the Three Year Strategic Plan 2017/2018-2019/2020, “Rising to the Challenge of our Ambitions”, as one component of the Vision 2030 document. The plan provides an integrated, holistic and coordinated direction towards realizing the national development goals, which will be supported through sectoral and thematic directions and targets. In the Three Year Strategic Plan, green economy is mentioned as an approach for implementing low-carbon growth and renewable energy strategies in key sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing waste management and tourism.

PAGE is supporting the implementation of the Three Year Strategic Plan and the long-term goals towards Vision 2030 by building capacity for the issuance of green bonds, reviewing and tracking public environment and expenditures, assessing industrial waste and related industrial strategies and advancing green economy learning.

Outcome 2: Sectoral reform

To support sectoral and thematic reforms, PAGE has assisted Mauritius on the execution and finalisation of a public environment expenditure review (PEER), an industrial waste assessment (IWA), and a fiscal policy study (with earlier support from a UN Environment project).

The PEER evaluated how environmental expenditures are integrated into the national medium term expenditure framework and sector budgetary process. It makes recommendations towards a more efficient approach to planning and budgetary processes, a sustainable environmental policy framework and related legislation necessary for the transition to a green economy. Based on the recommendations of the PEER, PAGE is supporting the government to introduce climate finance tracking tools within the budget process and the Treasury Accounting System.

The aim of the IWA is to stimulate industrial symbiosis through the establishment of recycling activities and a circular economy. The assessment was endorsed by the Cabinet in 2017, and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection is taking forward the recommendations of the assessment.

In 2017, the Stock Exchange of Mauritius requested PAGE support for green bonds market development, with a focus on building capacity among green bond verifiers. Training and awareness raising activities are planned for 2018 to enable the issuance of green bonds on the Mauritius Stock Exchange.

Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity

In 2017, PAGE held a two-day training of trainers on “How to design, develop and deliver effective e-learning”. The training aimed to capture the full potential of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms’ e-learning platform for training civil servants, launched in 2016, and to deliver effective and high quality education on green economy.

Also in 2017, PAGE initiated a learning needs assessment with the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform (MoCSAR). This activity aims to advance the integration of green economy into nationally executed learning action and programmes, and will identify priority actions for green economy learning in 2018.

Outcome 4: Knowledge sharing 

PAGE is supporting countries to improve their Inclusive Green Economy knowledge base by generating and sharing knowledge products such as manuals, reports, lessons learned and best practices with the aim to inform and support national policy analysis and formulation.

For knowledge sharing, PAGE organizes high level events, conferences, workshops involving current and future PAGE countries to build networks and global platforms to exchange experiences and information.

SDGs and Paris Agreement Articles

In Mauritius, PAGE is contributing towards the achievement of five SDGsSustainable Development Goals from the United Nations' 2030 ... (4, 9, 12, 13 and 17) through: introducing a climate finance tracking tools into the public sector expenditure process, providing technical guidance and capacity building on industrial waste to boost circular economy activities, supporting the mobilisation of green finance, supporting green economy learning and advancing the integration of green economy into nationally executed learning action and programmes.

Mauritius is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The graphic above shows the interaction and interdependence between the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement articles that PAGE supports in a given country. The degree of interrelatedness is expressed by proximity of the SDGsSustainable Development Goals from the United Nations' 2030 .../articles to each other.