The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in Mauritius held a policy dialogue meeting that focused on the objectives for the energy and water sectors.
Dr Renganaden Padayachy, the minister for finance, economic planning and development, held the policy dialogue meeting in the context of the forthcoming budget with Georges Pierre Lesjongard, the minister of energy and public utilities. The meeting took place in Port-Louis.
In a statement after the meeting, Lesjongard said that discussions with the Finance Minister focused on climate change, which is a key global concern.
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Lesjongard added that, with regards to the energy sector, his ministry is committed to stepping up efforts to increase the production of renewable energy.
As for the water sector, the government plans to accelerate measures to improve water availability, in the wake of changing weather patterns, such as low rainfall. The minister stated that by 2025, Mauritius is set to become a water-stressed country.
Lesjongard also indicated that he discussed with the Finance Minister the measures that are to be established from now to ensure water availability for the population in that occurrence.
The Ministry is also looking forward to adopt modern means of water distribution.
Moreover, the Minister highlighted that the discussion also focused on the ongoing wastewater network project, and the required resources to connect at least 50% of the population to it.
He emphasised that he discussed the implementation of the Rivière des Anguilles Dam, which will supply water to the South regions. He added that the project is expected to be completed by 2024.
The project is planned to make use of the water resources of the Rivière des Anguilles in order to meet demand up to about 2050 for water supply and irrigation in the southern part of the Indian Ocean island nation.