On 31 January, the CBC met with Honorable Dorine Chukowry, Minister of Commerce. The following is some of the problems raised with the Minister. The CBC has followed with a report and suggested solutions to each of the problem.
- Customer Preferences: We addressed the issue imported products vs of local ones. It’s crucial to protect our local industries. We also explored the possibility of establishing a fund to assist local enterprises by providing access to consultants, similar to the HRDC refund.
- Consumer Protection: We discussed after-sales services and repairs in the motor trade industry. Ensuring consumer rights and satisfaction is essential.
- Leveraging Free Trade Agreements: We emphasized the need to take advantage of existing free trade agreements to boost production. Additionally, streamlining the process for obtaining manufacturing licenses in Mauritius was discussed.
- Insurance Compliance: We proposed that insurers handle compliance issues on behalf of insurance brokers, aligning them with their own agents.
- Support for Local Manufacturing: To enhance competitiveness, we suggested providing concessions and incentives to locally manufactured goods. This concept is akin to HRDC grants for professional courses based on levies.
- AFCFTA Participation: We explored strategies for Mauritius to actively participate in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) by contributing value-added products and services.
- Export Hub: Lastly, we touched upon using Mauritius as an export hub, including discussions on intellectual property rights and price control.