Pravind Jugnauth, Premier Ministre de l'ile Maurice

Réponses du Premier Ministre aux Questions parlementaires du 14 novembre 2017

Pravind Jugnauth a répondu aux questions des députés Rughoobur, Osman Mahomed et Bhagwan lors du Prime Minister’s Question Time

The Honourable Second Member for Grand’ Baie and Poudre d’Or (Mr Rughoobur)

To ask the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development: –

Whether, in regard to Landscope (Mauritius) Ltd., he will (a) state the reduction in the cost of human resources following the merger of several organizations there into and (b) for the benefit of the House, obtain therefrom and (i) table copy of the structure thereof and (ii) give the list of the projects earmarked for implementation, indicating the timeline therefor?

Madam Speaker,

As part of a major public sector reform programme, the State Property Development Company Ltd, the Business Parks of Mauritius Limited, the State Land Development Company Ltd, the Tourist Villages Company Ltd, and Les Pailles International Conference Centre Ltd have merged into Landscope (Mauritius) Ltd on the 1st of December 2016. Le Val Development Ltd will also be merged into the company shortly.

This merger concerns companies managing and overseeing property development on public sector real estate assets other than State lands. The objective is to bring more coherence in policy formulation and improve management efficiency through the pooling of scarce resources, eliminating overlapping functions, developing synergies and creating greater value addition.

Madam Speaker,

Regarding part (a) of the question, as I have already explained, the objective of the merger was to pool resources in order to generate enhanced project implementation capabilities and not to reduce the cost of human resources by laying off workers.

However, after the merger, one ex-Chief Executive Officer has resigned and the contract of another ex-Chief Executive Officer was terminated and these have led to a reduction in the salary bill by some Rs 2.7 million over 11 months. Director fees have also been reduced by some Rs 5.6 million during the same period following the setting up of one Board of Directors instead of the previous 5 Boards of Directors.

As regards part (b) of the question, I am informed that Landscope currently employs a total of 261 persons, of which 251 are on permanent establishment and 10 are on contract basis. I am tabling a copy of the organisation structure of the company.

As for part (b)(ii) of the question, I am informed that the major projects earmarked for implementation by Landscope (Mauritius) Ltd are as follows:

(a) construction of two administrative towers for government offices at Highlands which is expected to start in November 2018 and completed in August 2020;

(b) construction for the first phase of the redevelopment of the Port Louis Waterfront which is expected to start in February 2018 and completed in October 2018;

(c) construction for the first phase of the Ebene Urban Regeneration project which is expected to start in July 2018 and completed in February 2019; and

(d) construction for the second phase of the redevelopment of the Port Louis Waterfront which is expected to start in October 2018 and completed in August 2019.

Landscope (Mauritius) Ltd is also, acting as:

(a) project coordinator for the provision of infrastructure works to service some 175 arpents of State land at Les Salines, Riviere Noire, where construction has already started and is expected to be completed in August 2018; and

(b) project implementing agency for the construction of the new Supreme Court Building which will start in December 2017 and is expected to be completed in October 2019.

The Honourable Second Member for Grand’ Baie and Poudre d’Or (Mr Rughoobur)

To ask the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development –

Whether, in regard to the Mauritius Housing Company Ltd., he will, for the benefit of the House, obtain therefrom, information as to the (a) composition of the Board thereof and (b) over the past two years, the (i) value of housing loans sanctioned and (ii) total value of housing units constructed for the middle class group?

Madam Speaker,
The composition of the Board of Directors of the Mauritius Housing Company Ltd is as follows:
(i) Mr. Darsanand BALGOBIN, Chairperson, with effect from 15 March 2017
(ii) Mr. Latanraj GHOORAH, Lead Analyst, Non-Executive Director
(iii) Mr. Dunputh KHOOSYE, Independent Director
(iv) Mr. Georges Henry JEANNE, Independent Director
(v) Mr. Azaad AUMEERALLY, Independent Director
(vi) Mr. Mohammad Taslim DOOKY, Executive Director
(vii) Mrs. Dalida ALLAGAPEN, Permanent Secretary, Non-Executive Director
(viii) Mr. Bojrazsingh BOYRAMBOLI, Permanent Secretary, Non-Executive Director)

As regards part b(i) of the question, I am informed that over the past two years, the value of housing loans sanctioned was as follows:
In 2015: Rs 1 billion.
In 2016: Rs 1.4 billion.
In 2017 (as at 31 October): Rs 1.24 billion.

As regards part b(ii) of the question, I am informed that MHC did not embark on any housing project for the past two years.

The Honourable Third Member for Port Louis South and Port Louis Central (Mr Osman Mahomed)

To ask the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development –

Whether, he will, for the benefit of the House, obtain from the Independent Commission against Corruption, information as to if an employee of the Competition Commission or any other person has made allegations of corruption offences committed by the Executive Director of the Competition Commission in the exercise of his functions thereat and, if so, indicate if an inquiry has been initiated in relation thereto?

Madam Speaker,

As I have stated earlier in my reply to the Private Notice Question, by virtue of section 81 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, no information relating to any investigation can be disclosed on any case investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, except as provided for under sub-sections 81(4) and 81(5) of the Act.

In addition, under section 61(3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Parliamentary Committee, which includes Members of Parliament, is precluded from seeking information on any investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The Honourable First Member for Beau Bassin and Petite Rivière (Mr Bhagwan)

To ask the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development –

Whether, in regard to Mr R. K. V., Senior Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office and Board Member of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, he will state if he is in presence of a petition lodged by a journalist of the Corporation against the latter and, if so, indicate the actions taken in relation thereto, if any, and the outcome thereof?

Madam Speaker,

I am not in presence of any petition lodged by a journalist of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation against Mr R.K.V., Senior Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office and Board Member of the Corporation.

The other parts of the Question, therefore, do not arise.

Madam Speaker,

However, on Thursday 09 November 2017, I was made aware of a copy of a letter dated 11 September 2017, addressed to me, by a group of 28 Journalists of the Corporation, in which it has been, inter alia, alleged that there were interferences of Mr R.K.V. in the internal, editorial and operational matters of the News Department.

I wish to inform the House that, at no point in time, did I receive the letter, though addressed to me.

Now that I am in presence of this letter, I will look into the matter.

B/721

The Honourable First Member for Beau Bassin and Petite Rivière (Mr Bhagwan)

To ask the Honourable Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development –

Whether, in regard to Mr R. M., Senior Adviser at the Prime Minister’s Office, he will state if he has been appointed as member of the Board of the State Insurance Company of Mauritius Ltd. and, if so, indicate the date and terms and conditions of appointment thereof, including the benefits drawn and give a list of all parastatal bodies and State-owned companies of which he is a member, indicating in each case the benefits drawn?

blockquote>Madam Speaker,

Mr R. M. has been appointed as member of the Board of the State Insurance Company of Mauritius Ltd with effect from 27 September 2017. He will hold office until the next Annual Meeting of Shareholders in 2018.

Madam Speaker,

Mr R. M. sits on the Board of only one parastatal body, namely, the Board of Investment and is paid a monthly fee of Rs 25,000. He is also a Director of the Board of Air Mauritius Ltd and SBM Holdings Ltd and their subsidiaries.

The remuneration of Board of Directors of the three state-owned companies and their subsidiaries is published in the annual reports of these companies and is, therefore, already in the public domain.

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