France stresses on developing trade with Mauritius; IAEA to help on energy front
French President François Hollande praised the vitality of the Mauritian democracy and its vibrant economy, reiterating the commitment of the French government to deepen trade ties with Mauritius, as he met with the island economy’s Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam in Paris on Friday. (Image: MBC)
Mauritius’ Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam met French President François Hollande in Paris on Friday, 03 October 2014.
President Hollande praised the vitality of the Mauritian democracy and its vibrant economy, reiterating the commitment of the French government to deepen trade ties with Mauritius, and welcoming recent agreements in the aviation field.
He also expressed the willingness of France to continue to participate in the development of Mauritius in the areas of infrastructure, urban development, energy, environment, as well as vocational training.
Besides, both leaders affirmed their commitment to the promotion of the Francophonie, seeking to further Franco-Mauritian cooperation in the fight against terrorism and piracy and other issues of common concern for the Indian Ocean Commission.
Meanwhile, in other international developments, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will help Mauritius obtain the services of two energy experts to assist the World Bank team in the review of the short term power requirements of the country.
Other important decisions were taken at the conference held in the last week of September, centering on IAEA’s assistance in setting up of a Nuclear Science and Technology Department at the University of Mauritius as well as the procurement of a new Linear Accelerator for the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.
Led by Mauritius Energy Minister Rashid Beebeejaun, more than 3 000 delegates from 162 Member States, international organisations, and non-governmental organisations where present during this 58th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference held from 22 to 26 September, 2014 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria.
During the week-long event, several themes on peaceful development of nuclear technologies were on the agenda namely, measures to strengthen international cooperation in nuclear radiation; transport and waste safety; nuclear security; strengthening the Agency’s activities related to nuclear technologies.
At present, the IAEA is contributing to the implementation of the National Cancer Programme by providing capacity building in the use of latest nuclear medicine and radiotherapy facilities.
The Mauritian delegation also participated in a bilateral country meeting which was chaired by the Director, Division for Africa, D. Yang and some 15 IAEA technical officers involved in projects being implemented in Mauritius.
Rashid Beebeejaun also had a meeting with the Director General of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, where he canvassed for the support of the IAEA to expand its technical assistance programme so that Mauritius can be a leading service provider of nuclear science and technology in the region.
A request was further made for the IAEA to consider employing more Mauritians as presently Mauritius is under-represented at professional level.