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Scenario-based National Planning Workshop in Mauritius

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MI has been involved in Mauritius since November 2007, when the UNDP headquarters in New York supported a mission to Mauritius to meet with local stakeholders to demonstrate the value of integrated modeling using T21. Since then MI has partnered with Mauritius institutions on a number of initiatives, including development of a Primary Country Model (PCM) to analyze development challenges in Mauritius, conducting capacity building in system dynamics for experts from different governmental agencies in Mauritius, and working with UNDP and the Ministry of Renewable Energy and Public Utilities at supporting the finalization od the Energy Policy 2025 document.

In June 2008, MI conducted a 3-week System Dynamics-based Development Planning course in collaboration with the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) and with support from MRC, UNDP CO, the United Nations University (UNU), the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR) and the University of Technology Mauritius (UTM). Participants at the course were researchers and professionals working in the field of development planning, including government officials, representatives of the civil society, and educational institutions.

Twenty-Four participants attended the training course, representing 9 ministries, MRC, the Central Electricity Board, University of Mauritius, University of Technology, UNDP CO and CSIR South Africa. In addition, a private consultant attended from Seychelles.

The objective of the course was to impart the knowledge and skills required to analyze complex development challenges from a comprehensive and systemic perspective using the Threshold 21 (T21) framework customized to Mauritius.

Conversations with the Government, in the person of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development as well as the Minister of Public Utilities, show encouraging progresses in making the initial investment of MI, MRC, UNDP and other donors a successful reality in Mauritius. The first key step after the training was the creation of a model to support energy policy formulation and evaluation, with the final results of the study presented to the Deputy Prime Minister in Port Louis in October 2009.

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