The Private Notice Question (PNQ) of the Leader of the Opposition, Paul Berenger, revolved around the Jin Fei project, today 9th of April in Parliament. His query was addressed to the Minister of Finance Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo. Paul Berenger asked for the details of the “Memorandum of Understanding” between Mauritius and China. Paul Berenger also wanted to know as to what would become of the ex-planters of Riche-Terre.
The Minister of Finance explained that representatives of Jin Fei were currently in Mauritius to finalise the agreement to allow the Mauritian government to have access to some of the land situated at Riche-Terre.
500 acres of land there had been allocated to Chinese investors for the development of an industrial zone. Now, the new government wishes to take back 425 acres of these to build a “Smart City” linked with the project of the development of the port.
Furthermore, a Management Company will be set up. 20 % of the shares of this firm will then go to Chinese investors. The latter will have 75 acres of the remaining land. They have already injected around Rs 1 billion in that part of Riche-Terre.
As for the ex-planters of the region, they had had to leave the lands to give way for Jin Fei project. The government has recently approached them for the setting up of a cooperative. The State will loan them 100 acres of land for the construction of a farm.