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Hanoomanjee (Mrs) Santi Bai

Hon Santi Bai HANOOMANJEE (Mrs), G.C.S.K, MP
Speaker of the National Assembly
President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region)
Name Santi Bai
Marital Status Married

Primary: Aryan Vedic Aided School, Vacoas

Secondary: Queen Elizabeth College, Rose Hill

Tertiary: University of Mauritius

 33 years in the civil  service – 1971 to 2005 

Retired at the highest level post in the civil service as  Permanent Secretary in  May 2005

Appointed first Chairperson of the Mauritius Revenue Authority - 2004  to May 2005

  Chairperson of the Mauritius Sugar Authority - 2001
to May 2005

Chairperson of the Sugar Planter’s Mechanical Pool Corporation – 1997 to  2004

Chairperson of the Farmers Service Commission - 1998 to 2004

Chairperson of the Tea Board - 1996 to 2004.

 Has sat on various Boards as Member

International Exposure

Represented Mauritius in discussions at ACP-EU level regarding the Sugar Protocol issues


 Attended Lobbying missions in EU countries regarding Sugar Protocol  

 Represented Mauritius in negotiations at WTO  regarding trade issues

Attended several Summits and Conferences



Elected in the largest constituency of the island in July 2005 for the first time

Opposition Member - July 2005 to March 2010

Nominated Member of the Public Accounts Committee by the Committee of Selection - 2005 to 2010

Elected in the same constituency in the general elections of May 2010

Minister of Health and Quality of Life - 11 May 2010 to 25 July 2011

Opposition Member - 25 July 2011 to 06 October 2014

Elected first woman Speaker of the National Assembly on 22 December 2014

Elected President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) on 14 August 2015 in Kenya, Nairobi at the 46th CPA (Africa Region) Conference

 Chairperson of Committee of Selection

 Chairperson of The Standing Orders Committee

 Chairperson of The Parliamentary Gender Caucus


Was conferred the highest distinction of the country and elevated to the rank of the Grand Commander of the Star and Key (GCSK) on 12 March 2015 for her contribution in the public service and the political and social fields

 Involvement at Party Level

Chaired the Agriculture Commission from 2005 – 2010

Chaired the Agriculture and Health Commissions -  2011 to 2014

Designated Assistant Secretary General of the Mouvement Socialist Militant (MSM) party to which she belongs

Executive Member of the Women’s Wing

Interests Social Work - Founder Member and Trustee of Shelter for Women and Children in Distress Trust Fund
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