Mauritius: Report of the Commission of Inquiry On Drug Trafficking Contains Some 460 Recommendations, Says Prime Minister

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The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Drug Trafficking contains some 460 recommendations. The Committee under the aegis of the office of the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service has held several working sessions with representatives of Ministries/Departments/Organisations concerned with a view to expediting the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report.

This reply was given by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the National Assembly yesterday, to a Parliamentary Question pertaining to the Ministerial Committee set up to look into those recommendations.

The Prime Minister underlined that, so far, around 80 recommendations have already been implemented and that the implementation is ongoing on some 120 other recommendations. The full implementation of about 95 other recommendations would require either new legislative measures or amendment to existing legislation, he pointed out.

In regard to the remaining recommendations, he underscored that consultations at the level of Ministries/Departments/Organisations are ongoing as their implementation requires in some cases: major policy decisions; a thorough study of the legal implications; concurrence of the Service Commissions; a review of the existing organisation structures by the Pay Research Bureau, as well as the creation of new grades; an assessment of the merits of the recommendations made in the Report as opposed to the prevailing arrangements which are considered to be adequate.

In some cases, the implementation of the recommendations is not considered to be feasible or practical; and substantial financial resources for which provision has not been made in the current Budget, Mr Jugnauth added.

He recalled that the Ministerial Committee decided to set up a Task Force under the chair of the Director-General of the Independent Commission Against Corruption to coordinate the implementation, by the relevant investigative agencies, of the recommendations contained in the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Drug Trafficking and its annexes. He highlighted that the Task Force started work soon after it was set up and has met on several occasions to develop the necessary strategy and plan of action to fulfill its mandate.

Prime Minister Jugnauth concluded that a permanent secretariat has been set up at the level of his Office with a view to ensuring constant monitoring of the implementation of the recommendations.

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