Ebène, 21 October 2022: Representatives of tourist companies that implemented Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) projects in the context of Operation COSHARE (Covid-19 Occupational Safety and Health & Resource Efficiency), shared their experience of the project at a Dissemination Workshop that took place today at the Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Tower, Ebène.
Owners and managers of the 21 companies that worked on projects related to food waste reduction, energy efficiency and avoidance of single-use plastics, shared how Operation COSHARE brought a positive transformation to their operations and improved their productivity. These companies comprised hotels, guest houses, restaurants and other tourist accommodations.
NPCC consultants who were trained to deliver training to participating enterprises were awarded certificates and are now recognised as certified SCORE trainers. Certificates were also awarded to trainers of the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Authority.
“Today, we can say with great satisfaction that Operation COSHARE has produced highly positive and impactful results. It has also demonstrated how all stakeholders can concert their effort to bring a strong and positive impact and transformation whenever we are faced with challenges. It is a fact that productivity is vital to the success of a country. The effort should come from each and every citizen,” the Executive Director of the NPCC, Mr. Ashit Gungah, pointed out in his opening remarks. He further added that we will only be successful if all stakeholders to the productivity movement put hands together to achieve a shared vision of a highly productive, innovative and competitive Mauritius.
“At the ILO we believe that the people, the workers, the employees are the most important asset for any business. And promoting decent work for all is our business,” said Dr. Coffi Director, ILO Country Office for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles. He further stressed on the fact that the NPCC now has a team trained to engage, assess and help put continuous improvement projects on productivity with Tourism and Hospitality industry knowledge. The insights gained will help them to support independently similar initiatives in future
The event also marked the unveiling of a case study of 28 RECP projects that were implemented by the 21 participating companies. The case study can be accessed here.
The objective of Operation COSHARE, which was launched in September 2021, was to help position Mauritius as a safe and environmentally sustainable tourist destination, attracting foreign visitors to make Mauritius their destination of choice.
In the first phase, operators in the tourism value chain were sensitised on the importance of sanitary protocols. A total of 2023 enterprises were motivated to put in place safety measures for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19. Employees from 1342 enterprises were formally trained to implement appropriate health protocols at the workplace with a view to protect everyone from any risk of infection. Moreover, some 1200 taxi operators based at hotels were trained on Covid 19-OSH in September 2021.
The second phase which focused on RECP aimed at improving resilience of enterprises in the tourism sector. It not only helped in redefining the ways business is conducted in the tourism sector, but also showed how we can protect the environment while at the same time improving productivity and competitiveness.
Operation COSHARE is an initiative of the NPCC in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Authority (TA). The project was developed with the technical assistance and funding from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).
Click here to download the welcome speech of Mr. Ashit Gungah, Executive Director, NPCC
Click here to download the speech of Dr. Coffi Agossou, Country Office Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, International Labour Organisation
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