Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has transformed into a diversified upper middle-income economy, benefitting from dynamic industrial, financial and tourism sectors and high levels of human development. However, increased economic activity has adversely affected the environment, and the island’s vulnerability to climate change has made it essential for Mauritius to build a resource-efficient and resilient economy.
Since 2014, PAGE has worked with the Mauritian government to achieve its ambition to become a high-income, sustainable and inclusive economy, as reflected in the Government Programme 2020-2024. Key achievements include conducting capacity development for the issuance of green bonds, providing guidance on social policies, facilitating the tracking public of environmental expenditures, conducting an assessment of industrial waste and related industrial strategies and advancing green economy learning.
PAGE began a gradual phase-out of its support in 2019, developing a sustainability plan to safeguard results and the future of green economy in Mauritius. In the context of the unprecedented economic and social disruptions brought on by COVID-19, PAGE responded quickly with a proposal to support the government’s National Budget and Recovery Plan priorities and launched a Green Recovery project in 2021 with targeted activities that build on the results of PAGE’s four-year presence in Mauritius. These activities aim to inform policy development, foster national ownership and strengthen national capacities in sustainable agriculture and food systems, with linkages to the tourism sector, to help mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.
Mauritius is promoting green recovery by developing incentives and a better enabling environment for a sustainable agro-processing industry and related SMEs. […]
Enabling Environment and Incentives to Boost SMEs from the Sustainable Agro-Processing Industry
Mauritius is promoting green recovery by developing incentives and a better enabling environment for a sustainable agro-processing industry and related SMEs.
- A macroeconomic modelling exercise to forecast green jobs in the agriculture and food sectors and assess the impacts of the economic stimulus;
- A rapid assessment diagnostic toolkit to scale up public and private finance in support of sustainable food systems;
- A ‘Farm to Fork’ Strategy in the context of economic recovery;
- A revision of the existing operational guidance and regulations related to single–use plastics in food packaging, food waste and chemicals; and
- Capacity development on new food management safety protocols targeting enterprises in the hospitality and food sectors.
PAGE has supported the achievement of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and several SDGs, including SDGs 1 (No Poverty), 4 (Quality Education), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). Mauritius has also directly recognised PAGE as contributing to their achievements in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) of its SDGs during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).