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Mauritius: Traders denounce a festive period marred by street vendors

At the time of the balance sheet after the year-end holiday season, merchants of the five cities of Mauritius make a wry face.
Their revenues would have declined by 55% compared to their turnover usually recorded during this festive period. For Raj Appadu, President of the Common Front traders, these poor figures are caused by the ever increasing number of street vendors that swept the sidewalks of cities.
"Many merchants have settled outside the door tof shops and the latter were closing earlier than usual due to lack of customers ... It's one of the worst years on record," laments bitterly Raj Appadu.
The latter has already sent a letter to the authorities and requested a meeting with the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, and the Minister of Finance, Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo.
"Between 2013 and 2014, 5,000 small shops have closed down. We must propose accompanying measures to revive the business instead of providing millions to relocate the street vendors as recommended in the former government," says the President of common Front traders.


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