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Mauritian newspapers focus on economy, social problems

Highlighting the economic and the societal problems plaguing the island nation, Mauritian newspapers suggested that Mauritius could be excluded from the club of potential sugar exporters to the European Union by 2017 because of a reduction of EU sugar imports by 1.6 million tonnes.

According to 'Weekend', Mauritius apprehends another nightmare, five years after the dismantling of the Sugar Protocol in 2009 that ended the quota regime and guaranteed prices for Mauritian sugar exports to the EU.

Quoting from a document of the European Commission, the Weekend reported that sugar imports in Europe will be reduced by 1.6 million tonnes or from 3.9 million tonnes to 2.3 million tons by 2017.

'This figure equals the total volume of sugar allocated to the ACP and the Least Developed Countries (LDC), among them Mauritius,' the paper wrote.

The weekly also commented on the evolution of sugar prices during the past few years, particularly between 2012 and 2013 or from 726 euros to 627 euros a tonne.

'According to forecasts, the price of sugar will fall by 43% by 2018 as compared to 2012 when it was 416 euros a tonne,' the newspaper wrote.

A number of murders committed against women during the week by their husbands occupies an important place in the newspapers.

The daily 'Le Matinal' quoted former President of Mauritius, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, as saying that he is in favour of the death penalty after the newspaper published a fifth article in over a week about a 34 year-old woman beaten to death by her husband late Sunday.

The paper also deplored the death of 14 people in road accidents since the beginning of the year, despite the installation of speed cameras and some other measures taken by the police to make the Mauritian roads safer.

On trade, 'La Matinal' warned traders of the decision of the Industry and Commerce Ministry to track those who are making excessive profits.

Minister Cader Sayed-Hossen, it said, had proposed an amendment to the trade law when Parliament resumes in March.

It also carries an article from the British newspaper, Sunday Mirror, in which Mauritius is criticised for the export of macaques to European and US laboratories for the purpose of medical research.

About 10,000 of these monkeys are exported by Mauritius annually.

Le Mauricien reported on the 170 Mauritian general medical practitioners who have returned to the island after their studies but remained jobless.

Pana 11/02/2014