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Mauritius and India to cooperate in renewable energy technology and exploration of marine resources

Mauritius and India to cooperate in renewable energy technology and exploration of marine resources

March 13, 2013 – The Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolam had a working session on 12 March at Clarisse House with the Indian President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a State visit to Mauritius. Discussions were focused on potential areas of cooperation in the area of exploration of marine resources, renewable energy and environment-friendly technology. The Indian President is the Chief Guest of the celebration of the National Day 2013. Three Memora of Understanding (MoU) relating to cooperation in the fields of health and medicine; persons with disabilities and senior citizens; and tourism were signed. The agreements were signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, and the Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs, Mr R.P.M Singh, at Clarisse House in the presence of Dr Ramgoolam and Mr Mukherjee.

In a press statement, the Indian President said that the discussions that he had with Dr Navin Ramgoolam have established a firm roadmap for the consolidation and enhancement of mutually beneficial bilateral relations between Mauritius and India. He recalled that in recent years, the two countries have been able to build upon traditional strengths to forge a dynamic, modern and mutually beneficial India-Mauritius partnership.

He expressed his satisfaction that the present day partnership between Mauritius and India has benefitted from a solid, growing framework of over 30 inter-governmental agreements in wide-ranging areas of mutual benefit as well as from the vitality of our people-to-people contacts. Exchanges in the fields of health, higher education, information technology, science and technology, tourism, textiles, agro-processing, culture and legal cooperation will also be further strengthened, he added.

The Indian President further said that the bilateral Line of Credit between the two countries can be used as a vehicle to upgrade economic and commercial exchanges. With regard to the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC), President Mukherjee said that the Joint Working Group has met twice in 2012 and another meeting will soon be held in Delhi.

The President reaffirmed India’s commitment to assist Mauritius in the field of human resources development and capacity building. Training slots for Mauritius under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation has been increased to 170 for civilian programmes and 100 for defence-related programmes. With a view to ensuring maritime safety, Indian Naval ships will continue to undertake joint anti-piracy and EEZ surveillance exercises, he said. On that score, India will continue to work towards enhancing the safety and security of Mauritius.

Mr Mukherjee expressed his gratitude to Mauritius for consistently supporting India’s rightful claim for membership in the United Nations Security Council as well as lending its support to the process of revitalising the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation.

The Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolam, said that he is deeply honoured to have the Indian President as Chief Guest at the 45th anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius. He said that he had fruitful discussions with Mr Mukherjee on local, regional and international issues, in particular the blue ocean economy where India has a great experience. He recalled that both Mauritius and India are trying to find solutions on the DTAC issue.

Dr Ramgoolam said that he is thankful to India for assisting Mauritius in the economic field, adding that India has conducted hydrographical surveys for Mauritius for free.

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Source: Government of Mauritius

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