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Mauritius, China enter visa exemption pact

A reciprocal Visa Waiver Agreement (VWA), providing citizens of Mauritius visiting China with a month’s visa exemption, was signed by Arvin Boolell, the minister of foreign affairs,regional integration and international trade of Mauritius, and the assistant minister of foreign affairs of China, Zhang Ming.

The Mauritian capital also bore witness to the first China-Mauritius Political Consultation Mechanism(PCM), co-chaired by Boolell and Zhang Ming, with discussions centering on bilateral relations, international politics and economy.

The VWA, which excludes students, workers, immigrants and journalists from its scope, will come into force once the ratification process is  completed by both Governments. Until now, Seychelles was the only African country which was entitled to visa exemption by China.

Boolell stated that the agreement would enhance connectivity, people to people interaction, business and tourism linkages. Besides, it would bring the two nations closer and encourage citizens to avail tourism and investment opportunities arising in the partner country.

The PCM meeting, held subsequent to the signing of the visa exemption pact, ended with Boolell announcing that China has granted an interest-free line of credit to the tune of Rs 250 million to Mauritius for various social/developmental projects. The grant of land for the construction of the Mauritian embassy in China was also touched upon.

Source: Government of Mauritius

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