A 14 MW Grid-Scale Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) was inaugurated at the Jin Fei substation, in Riche Terre, yesterday 16 December 2021. This event was held in presence of the Honourable Georges Pierre Lesjongard, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities; Ms Amanda Serumaga, United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative for Mauritius and Seychelles; Ms Guness-Goolbar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities; Mr Radakrishna Chellapermal, Chairman of the Central Electricity Board (CEB); Mr Jean Donat, General Manager of the CEB; and Mr Chavan Dabeedin, National Project Director for the GCF project and Renewable Energy and Strategic Projects Manager at the CEB.
In line with UNDP’s digitalisation agenda, the implementation of the upcoming e-Marketplace for vegetables and fruits by the UNDP in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (FAREI), is expected to transform the lives of Mauritian farmers. The e-Marketplace is expected not only to bridge the gap between buyers and sellers but also create numerous opportunities.
The role of the UNDP Accelerator Labs is to explore ‘weak signals’ of key emerging issues with the potential for high development impact, and to map effective solutions to systemic and complex social issues while also experimenting before taking them to scale. To do this, the Labs rely on local communities to generate valuable population data that can steer them in the right direction towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where we know that recent events have both stalled and reversed progress. But reports can tell us only so much. The information that data gives us, and the knowledge we gain is limited. If we go beyond data, then a different picture begins to emerge.
This paper draws on extensive national level consultations and data analysis to stimulate debate on strategies for repositioning the private sector to effectively contribute to the country’s economic diversification. It highlights the structure of the Seychelles’ economy with emphasis on the place of the private sector, assesses the trends of economic diversification, articulates the efficacy of the legal policy and institutional environment in facilitating private sector engagement, and proposes a mix of reforms to empower the private sector.
This new edition of the UNDP Gendered Voices Newsletter sheds light on the pandemic-triggered challenges and resilience strategies developed by women entrepreneurs in the the informal sector, particularly those involved in green jobs, in the Republic of Mauritius and Rodrigues Island.
This report is the product of a partnership between Business Mauritius and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the Government of Japan as part of efforts to facilitate the socio-economic response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Mauritius. The successful implementation of the Circular Economy will require an integrated approach that coordinates the efforts of all stakeholders in collaboration with the private sector. We are hopeful that the insights contained in this report will be a useful guide for policymakers and actors in the private sector.

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