Natural resources and energy
Mauritius has no significant natural
resources. Electricity is mainly produced in power
plants, which are largely driven by imported oil and to
a small extent by hydropower.
In 2012, oil accounted for just over a fifth of
Mauritius' import value. The government is trying to
reduce the country's large dependence on oil through
increased production of bagasse (by-product in sugar
cultivation) and by investing in solar, wind and wave
power. A fifth of the electricity was extracted from
baggage in 2011 and 4–6 percent from hydropower.
Major exports by Mauritius with a full list of the top products exported by the country. Includes trade value in U.S. dollars and the percentage for each product category.
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FACTS - ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
Energy use per person
1 111 kilo oil equivalents (2014)
Electricity consumption per person
2183 kilowatt hours, kWh (2014)
Carbon dioxide emissions in total
4 228 thousand tonnes (2014)
Carbon dioxide emissions per inhabitant
3.4 tonnes (2014)
The share of energy from renewable sources
11.5 percent (2015)
Proposals for electoral reform are presented
Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announces an electoral reform. According to
it, the number of members of Parliament (the National Assembly) elected in a
majority election in one-person constituenciesis increased from 62 to 63, when
the island of Rodrigues will be allowed to add another mandate. Twelve seats
must be allocated by proportional method (however, a party must get at least 10
percent of the vote in order to be represented in the National Assembly. The
party or alliance receiving the most votes must also be allowed to appoint
between 6 and 10 members of parliament to ensure that a a new government gets a
stable majority in the House, which must be appointed by the party leaders, but
the candidates must be approved by the electoral committee, and a new one is
that no more than two-thirds of the candidates may be of the same gender.The
proposal is presented in December in the National Assembly, but no vote is
taken. because the governing alliance does not have the two-thirds majority
needed to change the constitution.
Citizenship for sale?
Mauritius plans to offer foreigners to become Mauritian citizens if they pay
a million dollars to a national welfare fund. According to the proposal, the
person's family members will also be offered Mauritanian passports at a cost of
$ 100,000. The opposition is critical to the proposal presented in the budget
Pride parade is stopped after protests
The Catholic Church criticizes Muslim protesters who stop a parade in the
capital, Port Louis. The approximately 200 participants interrupt their
manifestation to avoid unrest. Cardinal Maurice Piat says that no matter what
opinion you have on the issue of LGBTQ rights, it is wrong not to let a
demonstration that has the police's permission be carried out. Similar criticism
comes from Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. However, Piat emphasizes that the
protesters do not represent all Mauritian Muslims.
Free Trade Agreement in Africa
Mauritius is one of 44 countries to sign a Free Trade Agreement at the
African Union Summit in Rwanda. The agreement must be ratified at the national
level before the AFCFTA free trade area can become a reality, but it is seen as
a historically important step towards increased trade exchange within Africa.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim leaves on March 23
Tough pressure from Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, among others, causes
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim to change yet again. In a letter sent to the President of
Parliament, she says that she will leave the post on March 23.
Gurib-Fakim refuses to resign as president
14th of March
President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim withdraws his promise to resign. Her
co-workers say that Gurib-Fakim had inadvertently used the Planet Earth
Institute credit card and that she must now have repaid the equivalent of $
27,000. Gurib-Fakim should have received the card because, as an unpaid
director of PEI, she would promote a doctoral program that bears her name.
President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will resign
President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim announces his departure. It comes after
allegations that she used a credit card she received from an international
voluntary organization, the Planet Earth Institute, to buy clothes and jewelry.
Gurib-Fakim will leave after Mauritius celebrates 50 years as an independent
state on March 12. She denies that she has done anything wrong and says she has
paid back all the money.