MAURITIUS Country Implementation Plan
With a view to catalysing the implementation of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) atnational level and enhancing the integration of SCP at the regional level, the European Union developed the SWITCH Africa Green (SAG) Programme. This programme is implemented by UNEP, UNOPS and UNDP in 6 pilot African countries including Mauritius. This Country Inception Report details the findings of the policy support component for the Republic of Mauritius, including Rodrigues, with regard to the identified priority sectors namely: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Tourism, with Energy, Water, Eco Innovation, Eco Labelling and Sustainable Trade as crosscutting issues.
The current business environment, challenges and opportunities, policy recommendations and country projects have been derived from desk research, consultations with key stakeholders and cluster group meetings followed by consultative and validation workshops. The study shows that the 3 priority sectors for Mauritius and Rodrigues are all vulnerable and present serious challenges for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This situation will remain unchanged, unless a combination of policy, legal and regulatory changes creates the enabling conditions for entrepreneurs to compete sustainably.
The main cross-cutting issues which require attention are eco-innovation, sustainable trade and eco-labelling followed by water and energy. The gaps result from support institution weaknesses, weak supply chain power of MSMEs, and
deficiencies leading to an inability to tap emerging markets for sustainable products.
The policy recommendations and country projects identified show that owing to the small size,vulnerability and isolation of an island economy, a high level of inter and intra sectorial linkages is required to achieve sustainability. This requirement is particularly critical for Rodrigues, which, as an outer small island, is very vulnerable.
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