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Cabinet Decisions

Cabinet decisions regarding consumer protection  
 
 

 CABINET DECISIONS – 17 November 2010

Cabinet has taken note that, taking into consideration that unscrupulous traders sell long-grain rice as basmati rice, Regulations would be promulgated to enforce the standard, MS 177:2010, developed by the Mauritius Standards Bureau, for the importation of basmati rice. The standard is based on the standards applicable in rice-producing countries, particularly India and Pakistan.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 12 November 2010
Cabinet has taken note that the Minister of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection proposes to promulgate the Consumer Protection (Control of Sale of Imported Live Animals for Home Slaughter) Regulations 2010 to regulate the sale of imported live animals used for home slaughtering.Cabinet has taken note that, with a view to protecting the health and safety of children, the Minister of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection proposes to amend the Consumer Protection Act, and promulgate the Toys (Safety) Regulations to provide for more severe penalties for the infringement of the law and enhance market surveillance
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 01 October 2010
Cabinet has taken note of measures taken by the Consumer Protection Unit of the Ministry of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection to better protect consumers, viz., the operation of a new hotline service; regular checks at sales outlets, as well as bakeries; and organisation of a workshop to sensitise bakers of their obligations towards consumers.
Cabinet has further taken note that the Ministry of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection is developing a web-based Management Information System to effectively monitor the price movement of essential commodities across the country.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 30 July 2010
Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the mission of the Minister of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection to Rodrigues from 23 to 26 July 2010, in the context of the International Cooperatives Day 2010. The theme of the International Cooperatives Day 2010 was “Cooperative Enterprises Empower Women”. During his visit, the Minister opened an exhibition of cooperative products at Malabar, launched a Directory of Rodrigues Cooperative Societies and a pamphlet highlighting cooperative principles. He also had working sessions with the Rodrigues Consumers Cooperative Federation Ltd. and several cooperative societies.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 23 July 2010
Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection to Singapore where he participated in the first Africa-Singapore Business Forum, organized jointly by the International Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Business Federation and aiming at fostering further trade and investment between Africa and Singapore.
In the margins of the Forum, the Minister of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection discussed with Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Manpower, on investment opportunities in Mauritius, capacity building and sharing of knowledge and technical support for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Sector. He also had a meeting with Mr Peter Fleming, Chief Finance Officer and Director at Lim Shrimp Organization, who has agreed to replicate shrimp farming and sea cucumber projects in Mauritius.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 09 July 2010
Cabinet has taken note of the reconstitution of the Board of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority with Mr Mahashuvarun Andee as Chairperson.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 25 June 2010
Cabinet has invited the Minister of Industry and Commerce and the Minister of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection to ensure that the benefits following the depreciation of the Euro are passed on to consumers.
Cabinet has taken note of activities organized by the Ministry of Business, Enterprise, Cooperatives and Consumer Protection to mark the 88th ICA International Cooperative Day and the 16th UN International Day of Cooperatives observed on 3 July 2010, viz. -
(a) a gathering of cooperators at Octave Wiehe Auditorium;
(b) sensitization campaigns and workshops on opportunities for the cooperative movement;
(c) a drawing competition for students of primary schools and students of Form I to Form IV of secondary schools; and
(d) launching of the Agricultural Cooperatives Ensuring Sustainable Development and Empowering Women Project by the Mauritius Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Federation Ltd.
The theme for this year’s events is Cooperative Enterprise Empowers Women.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 26 March 2010
Cabinet has agreed to the setting up of a Price Observatory and a “Caddy-type” Commission to ensure transparency in the evolution of prices of commodities, protect consumers and stimulate competition. The Price Observatory, in particular its “Caddy-type” Commission, would provide consumers with information on the shopping outlets practising the lowest or the highest price policy, establish difference in the cost of a caddy region-wise and highlight the elements that make the difference in prices.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 11 November 2009
Cabinet has taken note of arrangements being made by the Minister for Consumer Protection and Citizens Charter to ensure that toys imported during the end-of-the-year festive period complied with the Toys (Safety) Regulations in order not to compromise the safety and health of children.
 
CABINET DECISIONS – 06 November 2009
Following representations received to the effect that importers of second-hand vehicles tamper with mileage and chassis of the vehicles, Cabinet has taken note that the Minister for Consumer Protection and Citizens Charter would, shortly, promulgate regulations to provide for harsher penalties for such offences, including suspension of import licences.
 
CABINET DECISION - 29th May 2009
Following reports received to the effect that low pressure non-adjustable regulators which are being imported or manufactured locally are of poor quality, Cabinet has taken note that the Minister for Consumer Protection and Citizens Charter would amend the Fifth Schedule of the Consumer Protection (Control of Imports) Regulations to include low pressure non-adjustable regulators for use with butane and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), together with a condition that they must comply with the relevant Mauritian Standard or its equivalent, on the list of controlled goods. Importers of regulators would be required to submit, before importation, an authenticated copy of a Certificate of Conformity to MS 147:2008, or its equivalent, issued by a recognized laboratory. Cabinet has further taken note that imported rubber and plastic tubing and hoses should comply with the requirements of MS 137:2006 before release from customs.
 
CABINET DECISION - 24 April 2009
9. Cabinet has taken note that, in line with Government Programme to make optimum use of Citizens Advice Bureaux and to move its services closer to the community, the Consumer Protection Unit would provide a decentralized service on a regional basis as follows –
Districts Citizens Advice Bureaux
Pamplemousses and Rivière du Rempart
Triolet
Rivière du Rempart
Plaine Wilhems and Black River Vacoas
RivièreNoire
Moka and Flacq Quartier Militaire
CentralFlacq
Grand Port and Savanne
Mahebourg
RivièredesAnguilles
The services would include, receiving complaints, tendering advice to consumers and traders, application/renewal of certificates of registration (Carte Bleue) for vegetables/fruits/fresh fish sellers and for warehouses as required under the existing legislations.
 
CABINET DECISION - 13 February 2009 
4. Cabinet has agreed to a decrease in the retail price of a bag of cement of 50 kg from Rs 187.90 to Rs 182.90 (ex-Fort George), i.e., a decrease of 2.66%, as from the next consignment to be received by the State Trading Corporation.

14. Cabinet has taken note of activities which would be organised by the Ministry for Consumer Protection and Citizens Charter to mark the World Consumer Rights Day, observed on 15 March. The theme chosen for this year by the Consumer International is "Junk Food Generation – the need for action". A series of sensitization campaigns on the dangers of junk food and unhealthy eating habits would be carried out during the period from 20 February to 13 March 2009, and the IVTB would carry out culinary demonstrations.