E Newsletter April 2012
In this Issue :
The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), represented by its Director General, Mr. Sudhamo Lal, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Radiation Protection Authority (RPA), represented by its Chief Protection Officer, Mr. F.A.Ollite on Thursday 5th April 2012 at the Head Office of the MRA, Port Louis.
The purpose of this MOU is to state the roles and responsibilities of the RPA and the MRA in relation to the import of radiation sources and to establish clear working guidelines on the actions to be taken by the respective parties.
To minimize the risk of radiation injuries and other related incidents in Mauritius, it is essential to have rigorous import controls to ensure that radiation sources entering Mauritius are only released to authorized persons and for authorized purposes.
A half day training session on the illegal trade of counterfeit pharmaceuticals was organised at the Training Room, 6th floor, Custom House, Mer Rouge on Wednesday 25th April 2012. Mr. Kirk Middleton, an anti counterfeit investigation officer from Australia and Mr. Ed Wheatley, representative of the Astrazena Company manufacturing pharmaceutical products and investigator on counterfeit pharmaceuticals conducted the training. Around 50 participants comprising of technical staff of the Customs department, Police department and the Ministry of Health attended the training. Mr. Wheatley gave a broad overview of the magnitude and seriousness of the illegal trade of counterfeit pharmaceuticals over the world while Mr. Middleton shed some light on the ways and means to identify counterfeit pharmaceutical products.
A delegation from the Republic of Cameroun made a study tour programme from 9th April 2012 to 12 April 2012. The Director General of the MRA, Mr. Sudhamo Lal made a presentation on the Tax System in Mauritius while the Research, Policy and Planning Department of the MRA presented an Analysis on ‘Tax Expenditure Analysis’. On day-two, the delegation had a meeting with Ag, Director of Customs on the role of Customs within the MRA framework as well as trade facilitation and simplification of procedures. On Day Three, the delegation met with the Director of Medium and Small Taxpayers Department of the MRA, Mr. M Hannelas on the Types of Audit, Scope of investigations permitted, rights and guarantees of the taxpayers and the mechanisms for evaluating and assessing quality of tax audits. During the debriefing session, the delegation expressed their satisfaction and stated that their study tour was a success.
On the 16th of April 2012, a delegation from Gabon had an official meeting with the Director General of the MRA. A team comprising of 2 members from Gabon were on a fact finding mission in Mauritius to gather information on how Mauritius achieved success and proceeds with promotion and investment and about the fiscal environment.
The Director General, MRA, Mr. Sudhamo Lal, explained the Mauritian case to the delegation chaired by Mr. Arcadius Ayenfague Allogo – expert to the Minister of Investment Promotion, Public Works, Transport, Housing and Tourism, responsible for planning in Gabon. He was accompanied by Ms. Létiana Bongo, Advisor to the Minister in charge of the promotion of Investment and Tourism in Gabon. The areas of interest of the delegation were: tourism, seafood hub and the agricultural sectors