PAGE Mauritius Sustainability Plan: Country Programme Narrative
11 October 2021
Mauritius has transformed into an upper middle-income diversified economy, benefitting from dynamic industrial and financial sectors and high levels of human development. Yet, coastal ecosystems are under threat and income inequality, unemployment and global competitiveness remain a concern. With an economy highly dependent on tourism and imports, in 2020 Mauritius was hit hard by the COVID-19 and associated lockdown. As a small island developing state, Mauritius is also on the front line of climate change.
The Mauritian government has been consistent in its commitment to transform Mauritius into an environmentally sustainable, inclusive country. Since 2014, PAGE has worked closely with the Mauritian government to achieve its vision, linked to the delivery of the Three-Year Strategic Plan. The overarching Mauritius National Vision sets a clear path for a transition to an inclusive green economy.
PAGE contributed significantly towards the Marshall Plan Against Poverty, including the Marshall Plan Social Contract, which aids households at risk of falling into extreme poverty. PAGE efforts in Mauritius have also focused on green bonds, social policies, public environment expenditures, industrial waste and green economy learning.
Following the COVID-19 crisis, PAGE is focusing on green recovery of the agriculture sector and green fiscal policy in Mauritius, with the Mauritius Budget Speech 2020-21 as a guiding policy.
To embed PAGE results and take the green agenda forward, a sustainability plan has been developed. At the High-Level Political Forum 2019, Mauritius recognized PAGE as a contributing factor in its progress towards achievement of SDG targets in its Voluntary National Review.
The launch at the start of 2020, of the new National Programme for 2020-2024, shows the commitment of policymakers and stakeholders to make a successful transition towards a green economy.