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UK seeks to build on trade volumes with Mauritius; assists with green economy

UK seeks to build on trade volumes with Mauritius; assists with green economy

The new British High Commissioner to Mauritius, Jonathan Drew, said that UK is seeking to enhance trade volumes between the two island economies and is also assisting the Mauritian Ministry of Environment in setting up a Carbon Calculator in Mauritius. (Image: UK Government)

UK, which is already a prime trading partner of Mauritius, is now seeking to enhance trade volumes between the two island economies, according to the new British High Commissioner to Mauritius, Jonathan Drew.

Drew noted that “the level of trade is very good between UK and Mauritius. UK is still the number one trading partner for Mauritius but we have seen some of that trade fall in the last few years and I feel that part of my job is to try help raise the level of trade again and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

The British High Commissioner made this statement last week as he paid a courtesy call on Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis on September 03, 2014.

The discussions focused on a wide-range of subjects but especially on how both countries can enhance trade and investment relations to the next step, and “what part Britain can play in that” pointed out Drew in a statement following the courtesy call.

Besides, the islands are bonding over eco-concerns with the UK assisting the Mauritian Ministry of Environment in setting up a Carbon Calculator in Mauritius.

Under this project, an agreement for a grant worth £20,000 was signed on 26 August by Jonathan Drew and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Premhans Jhugroo, in the presence of Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy.

This project, for which the UK Pathways 2050 Calculator will be used as a model, will allow Mauritian authorities to quantify greenhouse gas emissions, and model multiple scenarios in relation to its mitigation actions.

Talking about the project, Jonathan Drew noted that climate change is one of the most serious threats the world faces today.

He added that UK is taking a leading role in encouraging international action, including pushing for an ambitious EU energy and climate package that will lead to at least a 40% domestic reduction in EU greenhouse emissions by 2030 on 1990 levels.

“We are keen to work and share expertise with countries like Mauritius to create the right conditions for us to take action,” he concluded.

It may be noted that Jonathan Drew was appointed as High Commissioner to Mauritius in July 2013 and presented his credentials to the President on August 19, 2014. Besides Mauritius, he is also the non-resident Ambassador to the Comoros islands.

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