manufacturing

août 10, 2015

After reading an article in a weekly last week, I was shocked to discover the suggestions put forward by OTAM (Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius) and the founder of MSCC (Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community) !

After reading an article in a weekly last week, I was shocked to discover the suggestions put forward by OTAM (Outsourcing and Telecommunications Association of Mauritius) and the founder of MSCC (Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community) !
Claim #1 : "proposes that firms be permitted to recruit freely"

juillet 10, 2015

Urbanism is not prescriptive
Our architects and engineers tend to forget that urbanism & architecture are not prescriptive. They do not state that all buildings should be of the same mould nor that they should be carved from the same materials. Glass, shiny titanium surfaces and other such bearings of the said ‘avant garde’ movement are not the embodiment of architectural promise and achievement.

Urbanism is not prescriptive

juillet 6, 2015

The way China destroyed small scale manufacturing industries across the world with massive production capacities and government subsidized export, India has destroyed domestic technology industries in many countries with its unending supply of software engineers and a dramatic decline in communication costs. Proponents of globalization will argue the Ricardian case for such hyper specialization but much of this shifting of production and provisioning is not very kind to countries experiencing job losses and reduction in economic activities.

The way China destroyed small scale manufacturing industries across the world with massive production capacities and government subsidized export, India has destroyed domestic technology industries in many countries with its unending supply of software engineers and a dramatic decline in communication costs. Proponents of globalization will argue the Ricardian case for such hyper specialization but much of this shifting of production and provisioning is not very kind to countries experiencing job losses and reduction in economic activities.

novembre 4, 2014

In Germany, 60 percent of young people train as apprentices —in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, IT, banking, and hospitality. Companies want to train because they know the schools can’t do it.

In Germany, 60 percent of young people train as apprentices —in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, IT, banking, and hospitality. Companies want to train because they know the schools can’t do it. The theory they learn in class is reinforced by the practice at work. Trainees are paid for their time, including in class. German children choose at age 10 among an academic high school, a vocational track, or something in between. There’s a lot of opportunity for trainees to switch tracks later on. They can go back to school to specialize further.

September 17, 2014

‘Since the 19th century, Hindu nationalists have venerated Japan as the paradigmatic Asian society that preserves its traditional virtues while also developing industrial and military strength and inculcating patriotism among its citizens’.

‘Since the 19th century, Hindu nationalists have venerated Japan as the paradigmatic Asian society that preserves its traditional virtues while also developing industrial and military strength and inculcating patriotism among its citizens’.
‘Unlike in India where the terrible mania of becoming westernized has seized upon us like a plague – the Japanese have taken everything from the Europeans but they remain Japanese all the same’

September 11, 2014

Salmon farming started in British Columbia in the early 1970s with small, locally owned farms, mainly on the Sunshine Coast. Poor environmental conditions, diseases and market challenges forced many small operators out of business. By 2000, consolidation had put the entire BC industry into the hands of a few large corporations.

Salmon farming started in British Columbia in the early 1970s with small, locally owned farms, mainly on the Sunshine Coast. Poor environmental conditions, diseases and market challenges forced many small operators out of business. By 2000, consolidation had put the entire BC industry into the hands of a few large corporations.

août 4, 2014

African leaders will gather in Washington next week for the first Summit of African Leaders under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and topping discussions with U.S. officials will be renewal of AGOA, the U.S. law that has expanded trade opportunities for Mauritius and other sub- Saharan African opportunities since 2000.

African leaders will gather in Washington next week for the first Summit of African Leaders under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and topping discussions with U.S. officials will be renewal of AGOA, the U.S. law that has expanded trade opportunities for Mauritius and other sub- Saharan African opportunities since 2000.

juillet 18, 2014

The Bank of Mauritius Governor’s speech regarding the maintenance of the Repo Rate at 4.65% was expected from most corners of local business although there were concerns from some partners concerning the weak growth rate of the Mauritian economy in general. 

The Bank of Mauritius Governor’s speech regarding the maintenance of the Repo Rate at 4.65% was expected from most corners of local business although there were concerns from some partners concerning the weak growth rate of the Mauritian economy in general.  Since the last meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee, efforts were made from the Bank of Mauritius to encourage private companies to better meet their exports with favourable conditions regarding the exchange rate for transactions.  It might be recalled that the growth rate of the domestic economy has been the weakest

juillet 4, 2014

Mauritius stands at a very challenging phase of its economic history as it has to forge its future on a new paradigm.  For almost two centuries our trade relations as well as the framework of our economic development have been based on a North-South axis.  This model is no longer relevant in the new global economic environment which keeps on evolving rapidly.

Mauritius stands at a very challenging phase of its economic history as it has to forge its future on a new paradigm.  For almost two centuries our trade relations as well as the framework of our economic development have been based on a North-South axis.  This model is no longer relevant in the new global economic environment which keeps on evolving rapidly. 

juin 25, 2014

Mauritius, along with 14 other developing nations, according to a World Bank study on 215 countries carried out by research analyst Ehiwario Efeyini of the US Trust Bank of America Wealth Management, has the potential to graduate to the elite club of high-income economies. Indeed Mauritius, on the basis of its present model of development and policies, can easily increase its wealth in the years ahead but it is also likely that it may not make the transition and get trapped into the so-called “middle income trap” as pointed out by Efeyini. South Africa and Brazil, for example, have been languishing for decades within the middle-income range. Countries trapped at middle-income level usually have declining investment ratios, slow manufacturing growth, limited industrial and export diversification, and poor labour market conditions. Our research analyst did suggest that though the 14 countries have the potential to make it to the high-income status, they must however create the conditions for a more competitive, entrepreneurial and productive economy.

Mauritius, along with 14 other developing nations, according to a World Bank study on 215 countries carried out by research analyst Ehiwario Efeyini of the US Trust Bank of America Wealth Management, has the potential to graduate to the elite club of high-income economies. Indeed Mauritius, on the basis of its present model of development and policies, can easily increase its wealth in the years ahead but it is also likely that it may not make the transition and get trapped into the so-called “middle income trap” as pointed out by Efeyini.

juin 14, 2014

One of the common arguments against renewable energy is that of initial investment and in a frantic rush, one would tend to think that a large scale renewable project would provide the solution to our energy needs since it is a constant source of energy production. However, broadly, such a proposal would only be beneficial and make economic sense in the local short term. There are more sensible ways to invest and structure our network, and here’s how…

One of the common arguments against renewable energy is that of initial investment and in a frantic rush, one would tend to think that a large scale renewable project would provide the solution to our energy needs since it is a constant source of energy production. However, broadly, such a proposal would only be beneficial and make economic sense in the local short term. There are more sensible ways to invest and structure our network, and here’s how…

décembre 27, 2013

The current economic situation of Mauritius is not blooming so well. A GDP growth rate of 3.2% was noted for 2013 while, in 2012 it was 3.4%. 3.7% GDP growth rate has been predicted for 2014 by Statistics Mauritius.  The economic growth rate depends on local sectors as well as international economies.

The current economic situation of Mauritius is not blooming so well. A GDP growth rate of 3.2% was noted for 2013 while, in 2012 it was 3.4%. 3.7% GDP growth rate has been predicted for 2014 by Statistics Mauritius.  The economic growth rate depends on local sectors as well as international economies.

novembre 24, 2013

Not many U.S. ambassadors to Mauritius write books about their experiences serving the United States in the Indian Ocean region. But former ambassador John Price has filled 600 pages with interesting and often surprising anecdotes and observations about his time representing U.S. interests in Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros from 2002-2005, and more generally about what he sees as the future for sub-Saharan Africa. Published by the University of Utah Press in 2011, When the White House Calls offers a view of the daily duties of an ambassador, including details of official meetings with Mauritius officials and constant communiqués with Washington, and other intricacies of diplomacy.

Not many U.S. ambassadors to Mauritius write books about their experiences serving the United States in the Indian Ocean region. But former ambassador John Price has filled 600 pages with interesting and often surprising anecdotes and observations about his time representing U.S. interests in Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros from 2002-2005, and more generally about what he sees as the future for sub-Saharan Africa.

août 15, 2013

India's rise as a global economic power and its “Look East” policy are some powerful milestones in its History to eliminate poverty, illiteracy and all other forms of deprivations. Despite the gloomy world economic outlook, the sub continent is maintaining a reasonable GDP growth of around 5% and has achieved food self sufficiency.

India's rise as a global economic power and its “Look East” policy are some powerful milestones in its History to eliminate poverty, illiteracy and all other forms of deprivations. Despite the gloomy world economic outlook, the sub continent is maintaining a reasonable GDP growth of around 5% and has achieved food self sufficiency.

mai 3, 2013

Cyprus shares some common features with Mauritius. It is an island economy, it has a lucrative offshore banking sector, its financial industry is dominated by two out of twenty-six banks, and they rely hugely on deposit financing with outsized liabilities in relation to the economy.

Cyprus shares some common features with Mauritius. It is an island economy, it has a lucrative offshore banking sector, its financial industry is dominated by two out of twenty-six banks, and they rely hugely on deposit financing with outsized liabilities in relation to the economy.

January 29, 2013

Manioc (also known as cassava) is rapidly becoming the staple food for the natives of Africa and South Africa. It is the third largest source of carbohydrates for meals in the world.

Manioc (also known as cassava) is rapidly becoming the staple food for the natives of Africa and South Africa. It is the third largest source of carbohydrates for meals in the world. It is very rich in starch and contain significant amounts of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. It is often described as the “bread of the tropics”. Many consumers who are allergic to wheat-based food, are having recourse to manioc which is gluten-free and protein-free.

January 5, 2013

Of late there has been sudden awakening of the need for Mauritius to take a proactive interest on growing business opportunities in Africa. The African continent is the new eldorado for business. More so over 50% of the African population is less than 18 years old. For example, trade between China and Africa is topping 120 billion dollars annually and between Africa and India about half of that sum.

Of late there has been sudden awakening of the need for Mauritius to take a proactive interest on growing business opportunities in Africa. The African continent is the new eldorado for business. More so over 50% of the African population is less than 18 years old. For example, trade between China and Africa is topping 120 billion dollars annually and between Africa and India about half of that sum.

décembre 6, 2012

The French like to think of India as a huge slum, but LN Mittal, the India-born steel tycoon is no slum-dweller. He lives in the world’s most expensive home – in London and his company, Arcellor Mittal, owns steel plants across Europe including in France where it employs over twenty thousand Frenchmen.

The French like to think of India as a huge slum, but LN Mittal, the India-born steel tycoon is no slum-dweller. He lives in the world’s most expensive home – in London and his company, Arcellor Mittal, owns steel plants across Europe including in France where it employs over twenty thousand Frenchmen.

novembre 11, 2012

The second budget of Hon Xavier Luc Duval states the sound economic fundamentals of the economy in the wake of the continued Global Crisis. The economy has grown by 3.4% in 2012 and is projected to grow by 4% in 2013. The Budget Deficit in 2012 is reported at 2.5% and will improve to 2.2% in 2013. The Debt to GDP continues its downward trend from 54.2% in 2012 to a forecasted 53.7% in 2013 and targeted to reach 50% in 2018.

he second budget of Hon Xavier Luc Duval states the sound economic fundamentals of the economy in the wake of the continued Global Crisis. The economy has grown by 3.4% in 2012 and is projected to grow by 4% in 2013. The Budget Deficit in 2012 is reported at 2.5% and will improve to 2.2% in 2013. The Debt to GDP continues its downward trend from 54.2% in 2012 to a forecasted 53.7% in 2013 and targeted to reach 50% in 2018.

juillet 30, 2012

Lobbies, pressure and advocacy groups are part of the power game worldwide.

Lobbies, pressure and advocacy groups are part of the power game worldwide. Do they tend to influence public policies and legislation to serve common good or narrow self-interest? Actually it depends on who you talk to, how they are generally assessed and how governments and public institutions contain them. What truly matters, in fact, is how distorted the power ratios are and how heavily tilted they are towards the affluent.

In a poll Public policies: Who is most influential? ran by Dr Zoom, the title is overwhelmingly conferred to Big Business. Multiple votes were enabled.



juin 17, 2012

The AGOA Forum held in Washington this week was full of encouraging words about solid trade relationships with sub-Saharan African countries, glowing statistics about Africans exporting more products to the United States and assurances from top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that Africa matters to America.

The AGOA Forum held in Washington this week was full of encouraging words about solid trade relationships with sub-Saharan African countries, glowing statistics about Africans exporting more products to the United States and assurances from top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that Africa matters to America.