The Prime Minister shares his vision for a smart Mauritius at the launch of the Médine Smart City
Present at the official launch of the Medine Smart City yesterday 7th September 2017, the Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications, started his opening address by affirming that the Médine integrated development project symbolizes Government's vision for Mauritius.
He further pointed out that the Government is determined and committed to transforming Mauritius into a modern country. Accordingly, solid and concrete measures are being implemented to translate the government’s vision into reality, thereby bettering the quality of life. The Prime Minister reaffirmed that one of the thrusts of the new economic programme is to lay the foundation for the creation of smart cities which are effective means to achieve modern, organized and sustainable development.
The PM also highlighted that the overall objective is to move towards a higher level of production and high value-added services. To that end research and development must be boosted to achieve our goals.
He commended the Médine Group for being proactive in the diversification of its activities, underscoring the structural transformation of Mauritius to create new opportunities. This diversification is generating wealth and new jobs in an autonomous ecosystem in the western part of the island. The Group’s vision and resolve to position Mauritius as an educational center was recognised.
The Education Village of Medine, located in Pierrefonds, comprises prestigious universities, including the Middlesex University Mauritius Branch Campus in Flic en Flac, a private kindergarten and a nursery for up to 180 children at the heart of the Medine Education Village, the Westcoast International Primary School and International Secondary School in Cascavelles. This modern infrastructure has been designed to attract more foreign students to our shores. There are presently over 2,500 foreign students currently studying in Mauritius, the majority of whom are from Africa. The Government is dedicated to considerably increase this number and attract the continent's elite to study in Mauritius in order to develop the appropriate synergies to consolidate the Africa Strategy. The goal is to attract 5,000 students by 2020.
The Medine Smart city project comprises the development of an education cluster consisting of a university campus, private pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, student housing facilities, business parks, a regional hospital, a bus terminal, a courthouse, a sports complex, a shopping mall, residential units including affordable housing, a solar farm, an art centre, a green park and infrastructure inclusive of cycling and pedestrian tracks, roads, drains and water canalson land of an extent of 783 arpents at Flic-en-Flac.
The total investment (development costs) for the smart city project is estimated at over MUR 35 billion over 25 years in three (3) phases.
Phase one (2016-2022) – MUR 9,273 million
Phase two (2023-2030) – MUR 13,106 million
Phase three (2030-2040)– MUR 12,623 million
Quick facts on the Médine Group:
- Médine Ltd is the owner of more than 10,000 hectares of land.
- Their core activities revolve around four main clusters, namely Agriculture, Leisure, Property Development and Education.
- Médine Limited is listed on the Development & Enterprise Market (DEM) of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM).
- The group employs more than 1,000 people across all its business segments.
- Some of the projects developed by Médine are the Tamarina IRS, Casela, the Cascavelle Shopping Mall, the Médine Business Park and the Pierrefonds Campus.
8th September 2017