On 3 September the Global Compact was launched in Mauritius during a high-level event attended by some 40 representatives from the business community, government and trade unions. Mr. Dan Bundhoo, President of the Mauritius Employer Federation, chaired the launch while Mr. Showkutally Soodhun, Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations and Mr. Rajesh Bhagwan, Minister of Environment, delivered keynote speeches, as did a UN representative and the Deputy Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers (IOE). Experts from the ILO and the IOE introduced the Global Compact and its nine principles. The launch, organized by the Mauritius Employer Federation (MEF), was the first step in the creation of a Global Compact network in Mauritius. MEF will act as focal point for this network.
On 4 September a smaller group of company managers and government officials attended a workshop to pilot test the ILO’s Global Compact training materials. During two sessions the Global Compact principles on discrimination and freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining were reviewed and discussed.