Ebène, 12 May, 2017: The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Mauritian Manufacturers (AMM) under which the NPCC will help local manufacturers abide by the highest manufacturing norms while assisting them at the same time in uplifting their operations through the NPCC’s Enterprise Transformation Programme.
The Enterprise Transformation Programme of the NPCC is an in-plant consultancy solution with practical training to continuously improve the effectiveness in both the private and public sectors. Under this initiative, the NPCC works with the company to improve the performance of its staff and processes. The NPCC also assesses the business needs and assists the company in aligning the staff and processes so that the business can deliver results and secure significant gains.
The NPCC and the AMM worked on a partnership convention during the period 2017/2018. Under the convention, businesses that do not succeed in obtaining the “Made in Moris” label will be proposed by the AMM to work with the NPCC. The NPCC will then help the enterprises in areas where improvements are needed, after which they will be able to reapply for the “Made in Moris” label.
“The MOU between the NPCC and the AMM aims ultimately at giving a new impetus to companies manufacturing products under a local brand. While it is true that the MOU is expected to give a facelift to locally manufactured products, the NPCC’s intervention will along the same lines help the companies uplift their operations to increase their productivity and competitiveness in the long run,” says Mr. Dev Appalswamy, the Officer in Charge of the NPCC.
The AMM has launched the “Made in Moris” initiative to promote locally manufactured products and to encourage Mauritians to consume more products manufactured by local companies. Companies which apply for the “Made in Moris” label undergo an audit by inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS. Should the company not able to achieve this conformity, it is then referred by the AMM to the NPCC for an intervention.
Presently, a company obtains the “Made in Moris” label if it scores a minimum of 60% of conformance. Otherwise the company has to bring improvements in its operations and products and re-apply for the label. In 2017, 60 enterprises in various economic sectors have obtained the “Made in Moris” label.