MAURITIUS INVEST HALF OF THE BUDGET IN HEALTH & EDUCATION
According to the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, state investment in health, education and social security account for almost half of the public budget.
The state’s concern for universal education services and medical care in contrast to “an unequal present economic model,” explained the head of the folder, Prithvirajsing Roopun in event on poverty and sustainability. The leader also recalled the strong re distributive system developed by the government to reduce the impact of disparities on the most vulnerable population.
“We have to realize, as a nation, that development is not just about creating value, but should also relate to collateral values, particularly the values of sharing. Our society should not be marked by sharp contrasts, where on one hand there is a noticeable accumulation of wealth and, on the other, rising inequality and poverty, “added the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Pravind Jugnauth.
According to him, it matters little whether the national poverty rate is 1%, 2% or 10% when a family with children living in poverty. “No family and no child in Mauritius should live in such conditions,” he condemned.
During the meeting, Paes de Sousa recommended changes in current models to combat poverty. For the expert, the government should adopt a single register of beneficiaries of different social programs in order to share data on assisted individuals and monitoring needs of the inhabitants of the islands.
The head of the Center RIO + – linked to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – also stressed the need to strengthen the participation of communities and civil society in developing assistance initiatives.
Sousa Paes also proposed that the private sector has a more active role in combating poverty and can contribute to the delivery of services or through social responsibility programs. ( The UN Portal )
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