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Australia offers Mauritius AUD 2.6 million to explore & reinforce Ocean Economy

Australia offers Mauritius AUD 2.6 million to explore & reinforce Ocean Economy

The Mauritius Ocean Economy Ministry has further announced that Mauritius and Australia will join hands to enter a new venture as both nations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding shortly. (Image: Cruise Meet)

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has given a huge boost to diplomatic and economic ties between Mauritius and Australia by offering 2.6 million Australian Dollars (Rs 67 Million) to the Mauritian Government to explore and launch a marine project.

The Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources & Fisheries, Minister of Shipping and Outer Islands has expressed his enthusiasm and has congratulated AMSA for this initiative.

The Ministry has further announced that Mauritius and Australia will join hands to enter a new venture as both nations will sign a Memorandum of Understanding shortly.

For her part, AMSA spokeswoman Louise Proctor said that search and rescue cooperation in this remote and expansive part of the world is of paramount importance.

She added that Australia’s search and rescue region covers 52.8 million square kilometres and it is important to work with the Search and Rescue organisations of neighbouring countries to enhance joint capabilities in remote and challenging areas.

She concluded on the note that the AMSA would be looking to work with Mauritius and other countries to set search and rescue communication and coordination system, training initiative and joint rescue exercise.

Furthermore, according to Susan Coles the Australian High Commissioner, the AUD 2.6 million will be used towards developing areas such as Ocean Science and skills development, increasing potential to exploit renewable energy from the sea, and in terms of building a work force for oceanography, climate change and disaster management.

She continued on the note that Western Australia has a research center for the Indian Ocean, which will be involved in working with academicians and students, and will exchange information and expertise to help build up the Indian Ocean economy.

She added that Australia would assist in terms of infrastructural development in Port Louis, in order to set up an Oil Bunkering Center for the region to take advantages of shipping and help Mauritius become a port hub in the Indian Ocean.  

Ms Susan Coles stated that this is a day Australia and Mauritius celebrate their close ties and work together as neighbours in the Indian Ocean.

The project includes components of training in search and rescue systems, and the 2.6 million Australian dollars for funding will be made available over the next three years to strengthen the search and rescue cooperation and coordination in the Indian Ocean region.

The initiative designed to strengthen search and rescue cooperation and coordination in the Indian region has started today and will be delivered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to Mauritius, the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The regional search and rescue initiative complements a memorandum of understanding signed at the October Indian Ocean Rim  Association meeting to expand the channels of communication and cooperation among search and rescue agencies in the region to provide assistance in saving lives.

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