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Defining the Grand Challenges for the Republic of Mauritius

Date: October 20, 2017
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Call for Submissions 2017
 
In the context of the 50th Independence Anniversary of Mauritius, the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) is pleased to invite the citizens and diaspora of the Republic of Mauritius to reflect upon the future of the country.  The intent of this exercise is to determine the challenges that affect the lives of people, which may ultimately hinder the development of the country.
 
As such, we are calling for submissions of Grand Challenges with a view to facilitating the finding of sustainable solutions.
 
 
Background

The prime thrust of the government is to build a strong framework for economic revival and sustainability.  The ultimate goal is to drive the economic growth rate to a higher level in the years to come with a vision for Mauritius to move away from the middle-income trap to become a high-income country.

Similar to other countries, Mauritius is facing a number of problems that are acting as barriers in the process of economic and social development. It is widely recognised that overcoming those problems/barriers is a real challenge for any developing country. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to have a structure in place for the timely identification and resolution of Grand Challenges.

Grand Challenges have been used in a number of countries across the globe to address very pertinent national issues that could lead to detrimental effects if left unattended.  The purpose of coming up with grand challenges is to identify and support clear priorities for coordinated research and innovation efforts with a view to solving important development problems.

The aim of this approach is to create ambitious but achievable goals that would harness innovation and technology to address important problems through collaboration and joint leadership.

Click here to read more on Grand Challenges and to make your submission(s).

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