MiP was founded in 2014 and it is gathering momentum by increasing its membership through political video broadcast on facebook and youtube and communicating our vision in all constituencies
What we stand for is Building a better ,a fairer and an equal society with social justice
How are we going to achieve it?
Making our communications strategy as the cornerstone of all our activities .Connecting with MiP
MIP is developing our network through strategic plan ,creating a winning campaign and use storytelling fore more impact and invest in women for roles in corporations,multilateral organizations and for women’s entrepreneur network above all in political activities
it is set in our aims and objectives which are governed by its values and principles of cooperation and solidarity with the people in ensuring that there is a transparent
an inclusive economic strategy shared by all the population and not by the selective few like the corporate sector , the business magnates .the rich and powerful and the elite classes
Today these rich and the elitist professional career politicians amidst others have mostly benefitted from our political system
The political class has failed to meet the aspirations of the youth of today .
There is a growing unemployment of 26% between 16 and 30 yrs old today .
How is government going to tackle this remains to be seen
The model of free education and healthcare should be retained at the point need with urgent reforms in funding and good governance with accountability including setting up of performance indicators to make public services more robust and cost-effective as well as continued improvements in the delivery of services otherwise
they will become unsustainable in the longer term due to pressures on public finances .currently running at 60% of GDP
We need a planned innovative business strategy based on skills and training through a new department of education skills and training
both in academic and technical disciplines.
We need to introduce vocational training at year 9 built in the curriculum nationally together with the partnership with employers apprenticeship schemes as an ongoing planned programme of career guidance in the universities and develop a leadership programme for our graduates both in the public and private sector .
There is an urgent need for career guidelines ,advice, and support in the universities to enable students and prospective graduates to make their own career choices well in advance before they embark on pursuing further higher studies at postgraduate level in their main career choices eg medicine ,law engineering, and technology just to mention a few .
Today there is greater demand for vocational education as the country is crying for change to develop our strategies in skills and innovation which are in dire straits due to lack of foresight .forward planning and ongoing financial investment program both by the government and the private sector .
There is a lot of rhetoric on diversifying our economy when infact there are existing barriers due to red tape and poor excessive trade regulation and corrupt practices and trade monopolies .
Where is trade liberalization ? it is mainly in theory but in practice there is far few in between due to vested interests and manipulation by big companies through improper lobbying practices which are corrupt in nature and not helpe bythe government laissez faire attitude and in the absence of a cohesive bold strategy in making business competition a reality .and not become a stooge of their own making. leading to trade protectionism which is far from a philosophy of market-led economy .
What about our main utilities?
Today the government is hell bent on water privatization .
This is worldwide problem but we should not sell off cheaply our main resources to private bidders because we will regret this in time to come as it happened in the eighties in Britain and throughout Europe
We should not sell our crown jewels just to balance the books but explore other stakeholders like the world bank ,OECD Org united Nation led initiatives and carry out a feasibility study in managing resources and improving its efficiency and create private and public partnerships locally and internationally and implement a financial development model in securing water for the nation and this model can also apply to electricity and telecommunications.
Once full-scale privatization system becomes the norm ,there is no going back
It may be good for business but the nation will face disastrous consequences in affordability due to rocketing prices and there is no guarantee in the improvement of services
MIP will mount a campaign against further privatization of any of our utilities as there is already ashortage of natural resources in this country .
I would like to say to the government and the people of this country there is no quick fix for our economic problems unless we take a measured approach in managing our resources more wisely and effectively .
Where is renewable energy industries in this equation?
What is the government long term strategy in energy policy ?
What is the role of environment in sustaining energy for the future
How the agro-industries can influence our economic policy
Mauritius is primarily an agricultural country and has developed other industries leaving in disinvestment despite the protest and the hardship of farmers in the last decade.
MIP will lobby the government in the acceleration of the process of diversification and support of our agro-and bio-industries including cattle farming to producing milk on the large scale for local consumption in the first instance followed by exports of by-products such as cheese, ,yogurts and even milk .
Today we cannot even meet the demands of vegetables as farmers are not prepared to cultivate foodstuffs at a loss as growing vegetables have become an expensive business .
We need to introduce further mechanization and water irrigation more widely to ensure farmers have access to support ,training and financial assistance in growing crops at competitive prices.
Fertilization is becoming increasingly expensive due to world prices and high demands .
Unless we come up with a definite long-term planned strategy in developing our industries we will remain a service industry led economy which will create a trade imbalance leading to increasing dependence on imports that will affect our economic growth and create an impact on unemployment and poverty .
In a nutshell, we should produce more .,grow more and export more to potentially to improve the standards of living for our people.
Corruption ,unemployment especially among young people and poverty have been an intractable problem for successive governments and goes on unabated due to weak political leadership and vested interests .
According to the world bank, it will take years to root out poverty.
Corruption is a systematic and long term problem and politicians are worst offenders as they have benefitted the most from our political systems which require urgent reforms to maintain the rule of law in our democratic system government .
It was in 2014 that I wrote on my page that it will be advisable for government to introduce a code of conduct in public life to advise the Prime Minister on ethical standards in our parliamentary system and members of the legislative assembly and gradually include others civil servants .parastatal bodies and so forth and the introduction of legal protection of whistleblowers in conjunction with freedom of information act which still gathering dust in the corners of corridor of power .
There is little appetite for long-term government projects on the part of the population which are very costly and time-consuming and lead to unavailability of financial resources to combat unemployment which is crucial to economic growth.
We need an investment strategy for jobs through education and training on a national scale through ring-fencing funds to reduce unemployment, however, the ports expansion and creation of smart cities will undoubtedly create jobs in the long run .
There is an emphasis on research and innovation but lack of coordination in channeling resources in solar power and wind farms projects for electricity which will underpin the renewable energy policy
and lessen the adverse effects on climate change.
Mauritius independent party will work towards a better,a fairer and equal society