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IOC Summit: PM presents Mauritius as regional hub for tourism & investment

IOC Summit: PM presents Mauritius as regional hub for tourism & investment

Navin Ramgoolam also outlined the role of Mauritius in terms of Blue Economy at the conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which will be held in Samoa in September 2014. (Image: Indian Ocean)

The role of Mauritius as a regional hub for tourism and trade, and as a gateway to Africa for Asian and European investors, was underlined by the Prime Minister of Mauritius in his address at the IOC Summit.

Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam took part in the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), held last Saturday on August 23, 2014 in Moroni, Comoros.

Apart from the Mauritius Prime Minister, four Heads of State and Government of member states also attended the Summit, namely, the President of Comoros, Ikililou Dhoinine; the French President, Francois Hollande; the President of the Seychelles, James Michel; and the President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina.

Previously, reiterating the commitment at the level of IOC member countries, Ramgoolam agreed during the cabinet meeting of August 22, 2014 to contribute approx Rs 6,150,000 for organizing the Comoros general election which will take place in November 2014.

Ramgoolam also outlined the role of Mauritius in terms of Blue Economy at the conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which will be held in Samoa in September 2014, and where Mauritius will lead the roundtable discussion on the oceans and biodiversity.

The Prime Minister has also called for the collaboration of neighboring countries in favor of sustainable development of marine and coastal resources.

He defined the unifying role of the IOC and on that score, he urged member states to collaborate and speak in one voice in Samoa as well as at the 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change that will be held in France next year.

Furthermore, speaking about the concept of Indiaocéanie, the Prime Minister has raised the need for a synergy among member countries to work collectively for the overall development of the Indian Ocean region, where the new Plaisance airport terminal can be served as an instrument at the service of Indiaocéanie.

The importance of developing sustained triple air, maritime and digital connectivity to further strengthen ties within the IOC was also stressed by Ramgoolam.

While recalling that digital connectivity contributes directly to economic growth, the Prime Minister said that “the IT sector contributes some 6 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP) and some 20 000 jobs have been created.”

The Prime Minister had invited the IOC to formally support the candidacy of Jean-Claude de l’Estrac to the post of Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).

He thanked IOC Member States who have individually expressed their support for the candidacy of Jean Claude de l’Estrac, the Secretary General of the IOC.

Whilst seeking formal support for the IOC, Ramgoolam said that “Francophone African countries should team up to designate one African as the next General Secretary of the OIF.”

Such a candidate would be the only way to ensure that African identity and specificities are taken into account at the OIF, he said.

Finally, de l’Estrac presented a report outlining the future projects of the Indian Ocean Commission.

The Heads of State and Government present at the Summit unanimously acknowledged the excellent work done by de l’Estrac as the General Secretary of the IOC.

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