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Acts and Bills 2014


Acts
 

THE MAURITIUS RESEARCH COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) ACT (No. 1 of 2014)

The main object of this Act is to amend the Mauritius Research Council Act to -

(a) strengthen the mandate of the Council;.

(b) ensure more effective coordination and rationalisation of research, research and development, and innovation, at the national level in line with the economic, technological and social needs of Mauritius;

(c) enhance private sector participation in research and development, and innovation.

Status: Published in the Gazette on 19 April 2014.  Shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation. 

 

THE COPYRIGHT ACT (No. 2 of 2014)

The main object of this Act is to

(a) be compliant with the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonogram Treaty;

(b) address the issues related to the internet and piracy;

(c) provide for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organisations;

(d) provide for limitations and exceptions in specific circumstances in relation to work2. Opportunity has been taken to provide for the registration of cane plantations of an area not exceeding 10 hectares every 5 years, instead of yearly;

(e) review the role and functions of the Mauritius Society of Authors (MASA);

(f) provide for quick remedies to authors, composers and other copyright holders in cases of infringement of rights.

Status: Published in the Gazette on 24 April 2014.  Shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

THE CONSTITUTION (DECLARATION OF COMMUNITY)(TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) ACT (No. 3 of 2014)
The object of this Act is to  make special provision regarding the declaration of a candidate as to his community for the next general election, pending the subsuming of the Best Loser system in a different method of allocating additional seats.
2. A candidate at that election may elect not to declare the community to which he belongs. Where he does not make such a declaration, he shall be deemed to have opted not to be considered for the purpose of the allocation of additional seats pursuant to the First Schedule to the Constitution and no additional seat shall be allocated to him.
3. Where a candidate who has not declared his community is returned as member, the Electoral Supervisory Commission shall, for the sole purposes of determining the appropriate community and allocating additional seats under paragraph 5 of the First Schedule to the Constitution at the next general election, proceed on the basis of the average number of returned members belonging to each community at all general elections held since 1976.
4. Where all candidates who are returned as members have declared their community, the allocation of additional seats shall continue to be effected under paragraph 5 of the First Schedule to the Constitution.
Status: Published in the Gazette on 17 July 2014. and came into operation on 17 July 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Professional Land Surveyors’ Council Act 2014 (No. 4 of 2014)

The object of this Act is to provide for the establishment of the Professional Land Surveyors’ Council.

2. The Council will, inter alia

(a) regulate and control the profession of land surveyors;

(b) register professional land surveyors;

(c) enter, in the Register of professional land surveyors, the name, address, qualification and other particulars of a professional land surveyor;
(d) exercise and maintain discipline in the profession of land surveyors, with the assistance and support of such Professional Conduct Committee as may be set up;
(e) disseminate literature on developments in the field of land surveying or any other related matter to land surveyors; and
(f) promote advancement in the field of land surveying.
Status: Published in the Gazette on 2 August 2014.  Shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

 

THE MAURITIUS CANE INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) ACT (No. 5 of 2014)

The main object of this Act is to amend the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority Act to, inter alia - 

(a) provide for a new definition of “crop year”;

(b) provide that no planter shall deliver canes to a person for the production of cane juice for direct consumption;

(c) provide for a factory, which has closed down but contains fully operational infrastructure with regard to cane sampling, cane storage facilities, cane unloading facilities and weighing of canes, to operate as a cane transit site which will continue to provide those facilities to planters;

(d)
remove any reference to middlemen since no person now acts as middleman;

(e) provide that an employee of the former Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute who has not opted to be transferred to the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority and has retired with compensation pursuant to a Voluntary Retirement Scheme shall be eligible to an actuarially calculated contributory retirement pension;

2. Opportunity is being taken to clarify some provisions of the Act.

Status: Published in the Gazette on 2 August 2014.  Shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.

  

THE ADDITIONAL REMUNERATION (2015) ACT (No. 6 of 2014)

The object of this Act is to provide for the payment of additional remuneration to employees of the private sector.

 
Status: Published in the Gazette on 23 December 2014. Came into operation on 1 January 2015.

 

BILLS 
 
MAURITIUS RESEARCH COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL
CONSUMER PROTECTION BILL  
MCIA (AM) BILL
PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS' COUNCIL BILL  
CONSTITUTIONAL (DECLARATION OF COMMUNITY) (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) BILL
CONSTITUTIONAL (DECLARATION OF COMMUNITY) (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) BILL- SCHEDULE
MAURITIUS CANE INDUSTRY AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL
PROFESSIONAL AND LAND SURVEYORS' COUNCIL BILL