Hon. Santi Bai HANOOMANJEE (Mrs), G.C.S.K
Speaker of the National
Assembly of the Republic of Mauritius
Married. Mother of 3 daughters
Vedic Aided School, Vacoas
Elizabeth College, Rose Hill
years in the civil service – 1971 to 2005.
Served at all levels until my retirement as Permanent
Secretary, the highest post in the service, in May 2005.
At the inception of the Mauritius Revenue Authority in
2004, appointed as its first Chairperson in which
capacity I served until 2005. The
Mauritius Revenue Authority is responsible for the
assessment, the collection and the accountability for
tax, including Value-Added Tax and the management,
operation and enforcement of Revenue Laws. It also
comprises the Customs Department.
of the Mauritius Sugar Authority, the apex organization
responsible for coordinating the activities of the
various public and private bodies concerned with the
sugar industry - 2001 to May 2005.
of the Sugar Planter’s Mechanical Pool Corporation which
is responsible for managing a pool of agricultural
machinery for hire by planters. More particularly, the
small sugarcane planters are offered highly subsidized
rates for the hire of tractors. – 1997 to 2004.
of the Farmers Service Corporation, responsible for
ensuring that essential services are available to
planters and for facilitating the adoption of efficient
agricultural practices by planters. - 1998 to 2004.
of the Tea Board which, at the time, was responsible for
overseeing the tea industry in Mauritius. - 1996 to
2004.Chairperson of the Tea Board which, at the time,
was responsible for overseeing the tea industry in
Mauritius. - 1996 to 2004.
served as Member on many other Boards of Parastatal and
the World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.
Mauritius in negotiations at ACP-EU level regarding the
Sugar Protocol issues
lobbying missions in EU countries regarding Sugar
Mauritius in negotiations at the WTO in matters
pertaining to international trade
several Summits and Conferences specifically in the
fields of women and agriculture.
of the Mouvement Socialiste Militant political
party from 2005 to 2014.
for the first time in the largest constituency of the
island in July 2005. Re-elected in the same constituency
at the General Election in May 2010.
of the Opposition in the National Assembly from July
2005 to March 2010 and from July 2011 to October 2014.
of Health and Quality of Life - May 2010 to July 2011.
of the Public Accounts Committee of the Mauritius
National Assembly- 2005 to 2010.
first woman Speaker of the National Assembly in
22 December 2014 to 21 November 2019.
(Regional and International Level)
of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa
Region) from August 2015 to August 2016.
of the Parliamentary Association of the Indian Ocean
Commission since May 2016.
Member of the Standing Committee of Speakers and
Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth - 2018
Involvement at Party
the Commission for Agriculture from 2005 – 2010
the Commissions for Agriculture and Health – 2011 to
Assistant Secretary General of the Mouvement
Socialiste Militant (MSM) party
Member of the Women’s Wing of the Mouvement
Socialiste Militant political party from 2005 to
Personal Initiatives as
Speaker of the Mauritius National Assembly
the Parliamentary Gender Caucus of which I am
responsible for the implementation of the Live
Broadcasting of the Proceedings of the House which
started as from 28 March 2017
the National Youth Parliament Project. The first edition
of the National Youth Parliament was held on 02 and 03
up the Association of Parliamentarians of the Indian
a Logo for the Mauritius National Assembly for the first
woman to be conferred the highest distinction of
the country and elevated to the rank of the Grand
Commander of the Star and Key (GCSK) in March 2015 for
contribution in the public service and the political and
Member of the Shelter for Women anD
Children in Distress Trust Fund
abreast of international political issues