GIS – 30 January, 2019: The participation of Mauritius at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the Republic Day in Mumbai is a privilege and affirms the longstanding and special ties that Mauritius and India share. As regards the negotiations pertaining to the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership Agreement (CECPA) the state of these negotiations are being reviewed and the signing of the document is on the right track.
These were the highlights of the press conference held by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday at the New Treasury Building in Port-Louis. During the press conference, he spoke about his eight-day visit to India from 20 to 28 January 2019 in the context of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi, alongside the Kumbh Mela held at Triveni Sangam in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
Prime Minister Jugnauth underscored the honour and privilege of Mauritius, with him as representative, to be the Chief Guest of the Government of India at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and at the Republic day in Mumbai, which he emphasised testifies the strong relationship and deep cultural bond between the two countries. Mauritius, he pointed out, was the second largest participating delegation with the official delegation consisting of 18 persons, among whom three Cabinet Ministers, Senior Officials as well as representatives of Ministries, and 400 other Mauritian delegates.
The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude to the Government of India for the warm welcome extended which he said, reflects the people-to-people bonding that exists beyond bilateral relations.
Speaking about the CECPA, the Prime Minister indicated that over the course of meetings he had with the Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr Suresh Prabhu, both countries demonstrated their intent to further boost economic activities and bring a new dimension to bilateral cooperation in the context of the Africa Strategy through the signing of the Agreement. He expressed confidence that the CECPA will be shortly finalised, adding that discussions regarding the matter were reinitiated in 2007. So far both parties have agreed on discussions pertaining to economic cooperation and trade in services, while talks with regards to trade in goods are still ongoing.
Mauritius-India bilateral meetings
The Mauritian Prime Minister had several bilateral meetings with various Ministers of the Indian Government during his stay. His visit to India was marked with a bilateral meeting and a tête-à-tête with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi on 22 January 2019, with whom he discussed new avenues of cooperation to further enhance the strong ties between the two countries. Mr Jugnauth stressed on the need to further collaborate to face future challenges and brought forth key developmental projects being undertaken with the financial assistance of India, including the Metro Express, New Supreme Court, ENT hospital and infrastructural works being carried out in Agalega. A meeting and tête-à-tête session were also held with the Indian President, Mr Ram Nath Kovind, during the closing session of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
In addition, the Prime Minister had a meeting with the Minister of External Affairs, Mrs Sushma Swaraj earlier on 21 January 2019, during which discussions focused on the excellent Indo-Mauritian bilateral ties, the numerous projects being undertaken in Mauritius and international affairs. On the same day, the official delegation was also convened to a dinner hosted by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Yogi Adityanath.
Moreover, during a meeting with the Chief minister of Maharashtra, Mr Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis, discussions centered on avenues of cooperation between the State of Maharashtra and Mauritius in various sectors including creative industry, education, health and IT.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that the Kumbh Mela was an opportune time to take stock of the state-of-the-art Integrated Command and Control Centre deployed to monitor and ensure the security of pilgrims, which is in line with the modern security system and use of technology with regards to the safe-city project. He also proceeded with the inauguration of the State Bank of Mauritius, (India), the first foreign bank to receive a license from RBI to set up universal banking business in India through Wholly Owned Subsidiary mode.
On 25 January 2019, Mr Jugnauth participated in a business forum held in Mumbai, which was an important platform to encourage Indian entrepreneurs to harness business opportunities in Mauritius in line with Mauritius’ Africa Strategy.
The Prime Minister was also present at the bell-ringing ceremony at the Bombay Stock Exchange as well as the launching of the Afrinex Stock Exchange. The Prime Minister indicated that he took stock of the various activities available to provide assistance to start-ups.
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