13 March 2020 – Economic relief and tourism support package announced

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Specific Action, Stimulus, Cabinet decision
Sectors Involved: Manufacturing and Industry, Social Services, Tourism
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans; Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Mauritius Government

Overview: Cabinet agreed to a “Plan de Soutien” to give the necessary support to economic operators across all sectors of activities, including local manufacturing and SMEs so as to minimise the adverse impact of COVID-19. Decisions were made to support local enterprises; for the setting up of an e-Government Digital Bureau to ensure provision of public services. The decision also included at that time incentives for the tourism industry: ” Air Mauritius Ltd would pursue its promotional fare strategy to attract tourists from Reunion Island, UK, South Africa and Australia. Fares for travel from and to Reunion Island would be reduced by 50% while for the other destinations the reduction would be 40%. These reductions would be applicable up to 31 July 2020″.
Full details here: http://pmo.govmu.org/English/News/Pages/Cabinet-Decisions-taken-on-%E2%80%8B13-MARCH-2020.aspx

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat to the country
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government