Mauritius is a small Island in the Indian Ocean with a population of 1.3 million people and a per capita income of $8,385 in 2011. About 13 per cent of the population is above 60 years.
It is mentioned among the African countries that have made impressive economic and social achievements due to its policy of investing largely on human development. In order to consolidate the gains so far made, HelpAge organised a study tour for Senior government officials from the United Republic of Tanzania and Zanzibar Government, to Mauritius that took place between 25th – 28th February 2013.
The overall aim of the study tour was to enable policy makers and senior technical staff from the two sides to increase their understanding on how to set up sustainable universal social pension schemes for the senior citizens learning from the experience of the implementation of the Mauritian Basic Retirement Pension (BRM)
In the three days the delegation met with different key people in addition the Secretary General of Mauritius Senior Citizen’s Council and visited Ebene regional headquarter where they met staff who are involved in the registration of the new beneficiaries and handling all related issues of the beneficiaries in that region.
Lastly the delegation visited one of the four Hotel type recreational centres for older people called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam at Bell Mare where we met with the Centre Manager and interacted with older people who were in the centre.