Mauritius fast facts
Key cross-sectoral policies:
Three Year Strategic Plan 2017/2018-2019/2020
Marshall Plan Against Poverty
Key thematic and sectoral action areas:
Public environment and expenditure review
Industrial waste management
IGE learning and e-learning
The government of Mauritius is committed to addressing unemployment, alleviating poverty and accelerating progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, the 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:
- Providing 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.
Progress in 2018: A Snapshot
Green Economy Forum
In May 2018, PAGE, together with strong support from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, organized a Green Economy Forum, which served to share latest developments and initiatives related to Mauritius’ green economy transition and included a series of trainings to build capacity of key actors.
At the event, participants from the private sector, training institutions and civil society organizations gathered to promote the acceleration of inclusive and green economic growth for the country.
Tracking green public expenditure
At the Green Economy Forum, PAGE and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development launched the Tracking Public Sector Environment Expenditure Manual.
This manual will be used by government finance officers and technical staff to track financial expenditure on green economy and climate change.
Going forward, this will facilitate the integration of climate change measures into the national budget process.
Green Learning Assessment
The Green Economy Forum also included the launch of a Green Economy Learning Assessment.
The assessment was conducted by PAGE and the Civil Service College of Mauritius to better understand the learning needs of civil servants as well as entrepreneurs and workers in strategic economic sectors (agriculture, tourism and manufacturing). It provides a basis for national training and education institutions to design courses that meet the needs of both public and private sectors.
In May 2018, a training session on green bonds market development was held for green bond issuers, investors and verifiers during the Green Economy Forum. The session was led by the Stock Exchange of Mauritius with the support of PAGE, in collaboration with Cicero, the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Frankfurt School.
PAGE impact in Mauritius - 2013-2018
Outcome 1: National policymaking
As part of its overarching Vision 2030, Mauritius aims to transition into a high-income country by 2030. To support this transition, the country has laid out its medium-term goals in the Three Year Strategic Plan of Mauritius (2017/18-2019/20), which highlights green economy as an approach for implementing low-carbon growth.
To support this process, PAGE has assisted in the development of the Marshall Plan Against Poverty and Exclusion, launched with the 2016-17 national budget, and the drafting of targeted policy measures to prevent extreme poverty. Its most important proposal—the Marshall Plan Social Contract, which came into operation in November 2016—provides financial assistance to households found eligible under the Social Register of Mauritius for families in poverty.
Raising awareness and providing platforms for stakeholder exchange and inter-ministerial discussion has been another key element of PAGE’s work in Mauritius. A recent Green Economy Forum in May 2018, supported by PAGE, brought different ministries together with actors from the private sector, educational institutions and civil society to discuss how to accelerate inclusive and green economic growth in the country. Under the overarching theme of unlocking green economy, discussions were centred around policy frameworks, SDG linkages, and the skills, business, industry, and financial markets needed to support the transition.
Outcome 2: Sectoral reform
An earlier UN Environment-led green economy assessment identified seven economic sectors pivotal to a green economy transition: agriculture, energy, transport, manufacturing, tourism, and waste and water management.
PAGE has worked with national stakeholders to leverage private and public finance to support the green economy transition in Mauritius, notably supporting the Public Environment Expenditure Review and the development of a methodology and comprehensive training programme enabling policy officials to conduct an annual computation of total public-sector expenditure on the environment. Going forward, this will facilitate the integration of climate change measures into the national budget process.
Green industry is another priority for Mauritius, which PAGE has supported through an Industrial Waste Assessment serving as a strategic guide for national policymakers. Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection and private sector partners, the assessment quantified the amount and main categories of industrial waste currently being generated in major selected industries and identified opportunities for reuse and recycling of industrial waste within and across industrial sectors.
Going forward, PAGE will support Mauritius by upgrading the national green jobs model to incorporate the impacts on employment stemming from the country's NDCs. This work will be done in close coordination with national counterparts to further develop national capacity to update future green jobs modelling.
Outcome 3: Strengthening capacity
To guide capacity and skills development of civil servants and the broader work force in Mauritius’ transition to a green economy, PAGE supported a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment, conducted by the Civil Service College Mauritius. By highlighting the learning needs of civil servants as well as entrepreneurs and workers in strategic economic sectors (agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and climate change adaptation), it provides a basis for national training and education institutions to design courses that meet the needs of both public and private sectors.
With PAGE’s support, representatives from national learning institutions have now been trained by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform to deliver introductory IGE learning in person and through an e-learning platform.
With support from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, PAGE is working with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius to build capacity for a Mauritius Green Bonds Market, inspired by the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, a UN partnership promoting responsible investment. This project has received technical assistance from the UN Environment Finance Initiative and will promote the development of greener and more inclusive financial sector in Mauritius.
Looking ahead, building on findings from the updated Green Jobs Assessment and the ILO’s study on Skills for Green Jobs, PAGE will support national capacity building to conduct a skills gap assessment in key green economy sectors. This work will assist national policymakers to anticipate and plan future needs for skills development for a green economy.
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 SDGs 1, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 17 through support for climate finance tracking tools, technical guidance and capacity building on industrial waste, the development of green financing mechanism, green economy learning and anti-poverty programmes.