Mauritius and Zambia sign agreement
The Government of Mauritius and the Republic of Zambia signed an agreement recently with regards to the agreed areas of cooperation between the two countries during the 2nd session of the Zambia-Mauritius Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation held this week in Mauritius. The signatories were the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zambia, Dr Effron C. Lungu. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell was also present.
During the 2nd session of the Zambia-Mauritius Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation, discussions focused on enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries as regards trade and business facilitation and joint ventures in various sectors of the economy as well as in the development of new spheres of cooperation between both countries.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, highlighted the importance that Mauritius has attached in the development of the African continent with the signing of the agreed areas of cooperation with Zambia. According to VPM Duval, Mauritius is fortunate owing to its strategic position near Africa, which he qualified as the future emerging market. He added that the agreement demonstrates the commitment of Mauritius to further collaborate with Zambia in various sectors which can be of mutual benefits to both countries and that they can learn from each other while promoting cross-border cooperation.
VPM Duval also announced that Mauritius and Zambia are also finalising two MoUs with regards to increased services and a bilateral air services which will be signed very soon between the two countries.
For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zambia, Dr Effron C. Lungu, reiterated the dedication of his country into implementing joint projects with Mauritius so as to take the relationship between the two countries to new heights. Mr Lungu also underpinned the success of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation between Zambia and Mauritius, which he said has confirmed the synergies in the alliance between the two countries. He also called for a coordinated approach that will provide continuous review and monitoring as regards the agreed areas of cooperation and that both countries should adhere to an agreed time frame for the smooth implementation of the projects.
The 2nd session of the Zambia-Mauritius Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation will help both countries to benefit from mutual cooperation in the following fields: facilitation of cross-border trade and investment, financial services, economic integration, customs issues, transport, diplomatic relations, trade and industry, agriculture, environmental protection, fisheries sector, cultural cooperation, gender, social security, ICT, tourism, health, training, education, science and technology, youth and sports, energy and water, housing, legal matters and employment and labour issues.
It will be recalled that the 3rd session of the Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation between Mauritius and Zambia would be held in 2015 in Zambia.
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Source: Government of Mauritius