Indian PM Narendra Modi to serve as chief guest on Mauritius’ National Day
The Indian Prime Minister is undertaking a tri-nation visit starting today, March 10 to this Saturday, March 14, and Seychelles will be on the first leg of his tour, followed by Mauritius and Sri Lanka. (Image: Narendra Modi FB)
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has been invited to be the chief guest for the 47th National Day of Mauritius at its Independence Day ceremony on Thursday, 12 March, 2015.
The Indian Prime Minister is undertaking a tri-nation visit from March 10 to 14 and Seychelles will be on the first leg of his tour, followed by Mauritius and Sri Lanka.
The agenda of Narendra Modi’s visit to the island economy consists of one-to-one meetings with Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, followed by a delegation level talks, a state banquet and address to the national assembly.
The National day will also see the Indian Prime Minister paying a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and visiting Apravasi Ghat, and finally there will be a commissioning of the offshore petrol vessel Barracuda.
Mauritius’ expectation from this visit is to relaunch the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) for which negotiations started in 2004 but are not yet finalised. Incidentally, this agreement of economic partnership aims at the creation of an economic free trade agreement between both countries.
Other discussions that are on the agenda for the meeting between Prime Ministers Anerood Jugnauth and Narendra Modi will be about the Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty – also pending finalisation over economic substance issues – as well as Global businesses in Mauritius and Indian tourist footfalls in the island economy.
Profile of Narendra Modi:
Narendra Modi, born on September 17, 1950, is the longest-serving chief minister of Gujarat. He has held the office since 2001 and has been successfully re-elected three times.
Narendra Modi’s life has been a journey of courage, compassion and constant handwork. At a very young age he had decided to devote his life in service of the people. He displayed his skills as a grass root level worker, an organiser and an administrator during his 13 year long stint as the Chief Minister of his home state of Gujarat, where he ushered a paradigm shift towards pro-people and pro-active good governance.
He has been named among the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time magazine in a list which also features US President Barack Obama.