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Acts and Bills 2017


 

BILLS 2017:
 
 
BILL NO. 1 (LAND DRAINAGE AUTHORITY BILL)
BILL NO. 2 (MAURITIUS INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) BILL)

BILL NO. 3 (SHOOTING AND FISHING LEASES (AMENDMENT) BILL)

 
 

 

 

Acts 2017:
 
 
 
LAND DRAINAGE AUTHORITY ACT
(No. 1 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to establish a Land Drainage Authority which shall, inter alia, be responsible for –
 
(a)           the development and implementation of a land drainage master plan;
 
(b)           carrying out an inventory and mapping of all the existing natural and manmade drainage infrastructure;
 
(c)           identifying, in collaboration with the local authorities, the National Development Unit, the Road Development Authority, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre and any other relevant stakeholder, flood risk areas;
 
(d)           coordinating the construction of drainage infrastructure by the local authorities, the National Development Unit, the Road Development Authority and any other relevant stakeholder;
 
(e)           ensuring that there is a routine and periodic upgrading and maintenance of the drainage infrastructure.
 
Status – Published in the Gazette 29 April 2017.  Shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation
 
 
 
 
THE MAURITIUS INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (AMENDMENT) ACT
(No. 2 of 2017)
 
 
The main object of this Act is to upgrade the Mauritius Institute of Education into a degree awarding institution and to make provision for matters ancillary thereto.
 
Status – Published in the Gazette 29 April 2017.  Shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation
 
    
THE SHOOTING AND FISHING LEASES (AMENDMENT) ACT
(No. 3 of 2017)
 
 
The main object of this Act is to amend the Shooting and Fishing Leases Act to empower the Minister to make regulations.
 
Status – Published in the Gazette 13 May 2017.  Come into operation on 13 May 2017.
  

THE BUSINESS FACILITATION (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT
(No. 4 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to provide for amendments to the legislative framework that are necessary for the removal of constraints in relation to permits, licences, authorisations and clearances to further facilitate the doing of business, and for related matters.
 
Status – Published in the Gazette 20 May 2017.  Partly came into operation on 20 May 2017. Sections 26(a) and (b) came into operation on 1 December 2016 and partly shall come into operation by proclamation.
 
 
THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (2015-2016) (No. 2) ACT
 
(No. 5 of 2017)
 
The object of this Act is to provide for the supplementary appropriation, by votes of expenditure, both recurrent and capital, in respect of services of Government for the financial year 2015-2016, in excess of the expenditure appropriated by the Appropriation (2015-2016) Act 2015 and Supplementary Appropriation (2015-2016) Act 2016.
 
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 17 June 2017.  Came into operation on 17 June 2017
 
 
 
THE APPROPRIATION (2017-2018) ACT
 
(No 6 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to provide for the issue from the Consolidated Fund of the sums necessary to meet the expenditure, both recurrent and capital, in respect of the services of Government for the financial year 2017-2018 and for the appropriation of those sums by votes of expenditure.
 
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 30 June 2017.  Came into operation on 30 June 2017
 
 
THE EXTRADITION ACT
(No. 7 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to make better provision for the extradition of persons from, and to, Mauritius.
 
2.         The present Extradition Act, which dates back to 1970, has become outdated. It makes a distinction between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries in matters of extradition. It can be inferred from that Act that an extradition treaty should necessarily exist between Mauritius and non-Commonwealth countries for the purpose of extradition.
 
3.         With a view to enabling and facilitating extradition even in the absence of treaties, the Extradition Act is being repealed and replaced by a new legislation to do away with the distinction which exists between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries, to simplify extradition procedures and to promote cooperation, without for that matter neglecting to make adequate allowance for the rights of persons whose extradition or arrest is sought.
 
4.         The Bill will, inter alia –
 
(a)           place all foreign States on the same footing regarding extradition of persons from Mauritius;
 
(b)           make special provision for offences of a fiscal or military nature;
 
(c)           make particular reference to counterterrorism conventions;
 
(d)           bring out more clearly the dual criminality requirement for extradition;
 
(e)           afford better protection against extradition from Mauritius to citizens of Mauritius;
 
(f)            enable the Attorney-General to refuse to grant, in the public interest, a request for the extradition of a person from Mauritius; and
 
(g)           generally provide better guidance to the relevant authorities that are required to deal with requests for extradition.
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 8 July 2017.  Will come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation
 
 
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OUTER ISLANDS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (AMENDMENT) ACT
(No. 8 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to amend the Outer Islands Development Corporation Act with a view to providing for a representative of the Ministry responsible for the subject of Outer Islands to be a member of the Outer Islands Development Board, and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
 
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 8 July 2017.  Came into operation on 8 July 2017
 
 
 
THE ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS COUNCIL ACT
(No. 9 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to provide for the establishment of the Allied Health Professionals Council of Mauritius with a view to regulating allied health professionals such as audiologists, chiropractors, clinical scientists, counsellors, dietitians, radiographers, medical laboratory technologists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, orthopaedic technicians, osteopaths, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, psychomotor therapists, psychotherapists, speech therapists and sports therapists.
 
2.         The Act accordingly provides that the Council will, inter alia –
 
(a)           register allied health professionals;
 
(b)           regulate the professional conduct of allied health professionals;
 
(c)           promote the advancement of allied health professions; and
 
(d)           approve, conduct or cause to be conducted training courses, programmes, lectures, seminars or conferences, including continuing professional development courses or programmes, for allied health professionals.
 
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 15 July 2017.  Will come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.
 
THE FINANCE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT
(No. 10 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to provide for the implementation of measures announced in the Budget Speech 2017-2018 and for matters connected, consequential or incidental thereto.
 
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 24 July 2017.  Came into operation on 24 July 2017 except from those mentioned in section 61.
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD ACT
(No. 11 of 2017)
 
 
The object of this Act is to consolidate, reform and streamline the law relating to investment promotion and to provide for the establishment of the Economic Development Board as a body corporate which shall, inter alia –
 
(a)           provide strong institutional support for strategic economic planning and ensure greater coherence and effectiveness in economic policy formulation;
 
(b)           promote Mauritius as an attractive investment and business centre, a competitive export platform as well as an international financial centre;
 
(c)           act as the main institution responsible for country branding for investment promotion; and
 
(d)           facilitate both inward and outward investment and ensure a conducive business environment.
 
Status – Published in the Gazette on 27 July 2017.  Sections 1,2 3, 4, 5(1)(a) to (e), 6 to 12, 28, 30 to 34 and 36 to 40 came into operation on 7 August 2017.