Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors and a stable political situation since its independence in 1968. Despite the country's stable economic growth, its environmental circumstances and climate change impacts place the country at great risk. PAGE is working with Mauritius to integrate green economy into their development strategies, including the Marshall Plan Against Poverty.
Progress in 2016
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
- promoting the “Blue Economy”
- enhancing human capital development to reduce high levels of unemployment
PAGE is working with Mauritius to integrate green economy into their long-term strategies, including the Second Economic Miracle and the Vision 2030.
PAGE’s work in Mauritius focuses on:
- Proving technical and financial support to integrate inclusive green economy principles into mid- and long-term development plans
- Establishing methodologies, techniques and policy frameworks for sectoral reforms
- Building knowledge and raising awareness about green economy opportunities in the public and private sectors
Marshall plan against poverty adopted
In July 2016, the Government of Mauritius adopted the Marshall Plan Against Poverty. Developed in 2015 with PAGE support, the Plan provides a blueprint for achieving growth that is cross-sectoral, inclusive and sustainable. The Marshall Plan is already part of the Vision 2030 document as one of the action plans for implementation.
The Marshall Plan was launched at the 2016-2017 budget speech, confirming green economy as a key pathway for development in Mauritius and financially committing to inclusive and sustainable empowerment programmes.
Sustainable Development Goals in focus
The goals of the Marshall Plan and the broader green economy agenda in Mauritius are aligned with the three Sustainable Development Goals.
Targeting sectoral and thematic opportunities
1. Identifying entry points for improved waste management
PAGE is working with the Government of Mauritius to establish recycling and circular economy activities within and between industrial firms.
In 2016, an industrial waste training workshop involving 25 private sector enterprises was held to present the results of PAGE’s Industrial Waste Assessment and to lay the framework for a industrial symbiosis in Mauritius.
2. Building knowledge and capacity
PAGE is working with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Business Mauritius, the private sector and local partners to enhance capacity for effective waste management in key sectors, including textile, chemical, recycling, agro-industry, seafood and printing.
3. Informing public expenditure planning
PAGE, in consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, has completed a Public Environment and Expenditure Review establishing a baseline to determine more efficient planning processes, and to inform environmental policy and relevant legislation. The review examines how environmental expenditures are being integrated into national and sectoral budgetary processes.
The government of Mauritius is preparing the Vision 2030 Blueprint, a comprehensive and coordinated National Economic Development Strategy to achieve a high-income, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2030. The Blueprint is intended to provide an integrated, holistic and coordinated direction towards realizing the national development goals and will include five-year Implementation Plans as well as Action Plans by all ministries until 2030.
How does PAGE's work in Mauritius meet its objectives?