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European Union to boost cooperation with Mauritius in education; research & tech

European Union to boost cooperation with Mauritius in education; research & tech

Aldo Dell’Ariccia, the Head of the EU delegation to Mauritius, reiterated the EU’s continuous support in terms of both financial and technical assistance to the Mauritian economic reform programme and to help the country attain the status of a high income economy. (Image: The Herald)

The European Union (EU) and Mauritius are set to enhance cooperation and strengthen relations in the fields of education, research and technology, as well as other economic sectors.

The Head of the EU delegation to Mauritius, Aldo Dell’Ariccia, met Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, yesterday, March 04, 2015 at the Treasury Building in Port Louis, to hold a discussion around EU’s cooperation with Mauritius across various economic sectors.
 
Both parties evoked areas of cooperation under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020 in supporting the Government’s economic programme in the fields of education; research and technology and other economic sectors.
 
The Prime Minister also appealed to the EU for a more flexible approach in view of the new approach of EU’s development cooperation policy under the 11th EDF with regard to the National Indicative Programme (NIP) where Mauritius happened to be one of the few countries whose NIP will have to be reduced on account of its high GDP. 

In view of the more stringent criteria, the Prime Minister requested the EU to take into consideration the specific challenges faced by small island developing states like Mauritius and underscored that the island economy will still require donor engagement for some more time to move to the next level of development and become economically sustainable.
 
For his part, Aldo Dell’Ariccia, the Head of the EU delegation to Mauritius, reiterated the EU’s continuous support in terms of both financial and technical assistance to the Mauritian economic reform programme and to help the country attain the status of a high income economy.

He further expressed satisfaction with regards to the topics discussed which he noted were in line with the Government’s objective to transform Mauritius into a truly forward looking, environmentally sustainable, economically vibrant and innovative country with modern infrastructure, global connectivity, high skills and technology.

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