International Law
International Law

Following the advertising of the event on facebook by the UoM Student Union:

We are pleased to inform you of the following activities :

The Law Society is organising a Talk By Mr. Milan Meetarbhan on Financial Services Commission
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2009
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Lecture Theatre 2, University of Mauritius

it was another great pleasure to be on the réduit campus to attend a talk after a looooooong time. 🙂

I agree, the talk did not start at 12:00 and we had to wait for the Guest speaker to make appearance.

At around 12:30, finally Morgini, the Master of ceremony welcomed the Guest of UoM Law Society and introduced to us Mr. Meetarbhan, Chief Executive of the Financial Services Commission (FSC). Most of the information on him was found by Googling. I should admit that I was personally waiting to see a ‘live demo’ of  Mr. Meetarbhan, having heard of him so much. I got the confirmation yesterday: He is real professional!

It was a pleasant surprise to witness the presentation skills of Mr. Meetarbhan. The experience of teaching at the UoM for 10 years was evident. He started with the history of the Law Department at the University of Mauritius being set up in 1989. It was also interesting to note the candidate selection procedure for LLB course at the UoM. After applying for the course, one would be called upon for interview and would encounter the traditional question: “Why do you want to study Law??” . After the ‘hollywoodian’ answer of the candidate, he would be put for a 3 months time to get a taste of what Law is about. And the same traditional question would be given to him at the end of the 3 months.

The main topics covered during the talk were:

  • The role of FSC
  • Global Business/ Offshore
  • International Law (treaty)
  • Double Taxation Avoidance
  • Treaty signed with India

The aim of the FSC as a regulator is:

To ensure that promises are kept.

This was the simple definition of what they do the FSC people.

Milan share with us some very very tasty, unforgetable food for thoughts:

It is not only about qualifications (yes it is important to be qualified, even important to be a specialist) but it is not only about that.  It is also about ETHICS!

Then he elaborated on this magical piece of wisdom by some annecdotes:

Being on time at work: The big problem of working with professionals found worldwide is: at what time will the meeting be held. The ideal time for mauritius is at 4:00 a.m or 6.00 a.m. So at six in the morning, you have to be here, to answer the call and participate in the meeting.

Respecting the deadline: if you have to submit the work by latest x date and at y time, you have to respect it.

another quote of him:

In professionalism, it is about 70% attitude and 30% competence.

Whilst fertilising us with this message, Mr. Meetarbhan was having a look at the Human Resources Manager who was also present in the lecture theatre 2.

The end of the talk was with the usual Part: Questions/ Answers

The interesting question that came from the students: about the job prospects with a Law and Management degree .

In answering this question, we came to know about the Young Graduate Recruitment programme set up by the FSC. That’s interesting for those interested in having a career at the FSC.