The Prime Minister was the Guest of Honour for the celebrations of the 21st Anniversary of autonomy of Rodrigues
In his address for the occasion, the Head of Government recalled that 21 years ago, Sir Anerood Jugnauth had placed his trust in the compatriots of Rodrigues and since then the island has experienced significant developments.
The Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, underscored that the budget allocated to Rodrigues has increased from Rs 2.7 billion in 2015-2016 to reach Rs 5.2 billion rupees in 2023–2024. On that note he underlined that today the island has better infrastructure and services.
The Prime Minister underpinned that water remains a priority for Rodrigues, while adding that the last Budget proposes an investment of one billion rupees through the M.I.C so as to improve this sector.
He reiterated his determination to continue the development of Rodrigues. This includes the construction of a new landing strip which will be financed through a loan of around eight billion rupees from the World Bank. The Prime Minister also announced the allocation of a grant of around Rs 720 million from the European Union.
Concerning air and maritime connectivity, the Head of Government announced that Air Mauritius will put a new ATR 72-600 in service by the end of November to ensure service between Mauritius and Rodrigues.
A new boat should also soon cover the journey Mauritius – Rodrigues and the Government is already working on the acquisition of a second boat.
The Prime Minister also congratulated the Rodrigues athletes for their performances during the last Indian Ocean Islands Games. He further expressed his full commitment to ensure the ongoing development of Rodrigues, so that every citizen of our Republic can enjoy equal opportunities.