ABOUT THE MINISTRY
The Ministry of Local Government & Outer Islands is responsible for local government matters in Mauritius. The Ministry has under its aegis the Local Authorities, the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service, the Outer Islands Development Corporation and the Field Services Unit.
· The Local Authorities comprise five Municipal Councils, seven District Councils and 130 Village Councils. These Local Authorities aim at providing services and carry out infrastructural developments at regional level. These include among others, the provision of street-lighting, construction and maintenance of roads, drains and public spaces, provision and maintenance of bus shelters and traffic centres, scavenging services, organisation of sports and cultural activities.
· The Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service aims at making Mauritius a safe place by minimizing the risks of loss of life, property and environmental damage through enforcement of fire legislations, education and rescue services.
· The Outer Islands Development Corporation aims at contributing to the national interest and integrity of the outer islands.
· The Field Services Unit is responsible for executing minor upgrading works across the island, including landscaping, provision of amenities in public places, etc.
Our vision is to:
(i) foster a vibrant local democracy; to promote effective, transparent and proactive delivery of services by Local Authorities and to bridge the development divide between rural and urban areas;
(ii) make the Republic of Mauritius a safe place to live in, work and visit anytime and anywhere free from the threats of fire and other calamities/emergencies; and
(iii) protect the ecosystem of the Outer Islands of Mauritius and improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of Agalega by providing basic infrastructure and social facilities to meet their needs.
Our Mission is to:
· ensure that Local Authorities adhere to the principles of good governance;
· empower and provide appropriate support to Local Authorities so as to enable them to manage the affairs of the local communities effectively and efficiently;
· engage all stakeholders in local community affairs;
· protect and reduce losses of life and property and prevent damage to the environment due to fire and other threats; and
· promote social, environment and human development in the Outer Islands.