GIS – 26 Feb, 2013: The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr. Cader Sayed-Hossen, led a Mauritian delegation to India from 14 to 18 February 2013, in the context of the ongoing expansion of the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) refinery. The Minister was invited by Dr. M. V. Moily, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He held a press conference on Friday 22 February 2013 to give details about the outcome of his mission.
During Minister’s Sayed-Hossen meeting with Dr. Moily, the latter stated that the Government of India was thankful to the Government of Mauritius for exclusively sourcing petroleum products from the refinery since 2006. The delegation made a field visit at the Oil Refinery in Mangalore and the new Mangalore Port.
Moreover, the State Trading Corporation (STC) expressed satisfaction on the performance of the contract between MRPL and the STC. Under that contract, the gasoil specification has been upgraded from 2500 ppm to 50 ppm, the MT Red Eagle has been successful in the loading of all products, there has been no disruption in supply since 2006 and Mauritius has become the most important customer for MRPL products.
The MRPL team expressed their interest to partner with the Government of Mauritius to develop the petroleum hub and eventually participate in the development of a petroleum jetty and storage facilities. MRPL also stressed on the need to invest in storage facilities and expressed its interest in investing in additional storage tanks and eventually in an oil refinery.
Furthermore, Minister Sayed-Hossen also met Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles as a follow up on both, his visit to Mauritius in January 2013 as well as on the meeting of the Second Joint Committee on Textiles and Clothing held on 28-30 January last in Mauritius. Several issues were brought up, among which, the setting up of the India-Africa Textile Cluster and the possibility of establishing an Integrated Textiles Park in Mauritius. It has been decided that India would grant market access on Apparel from Mauritius through a Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ), similar to what it is providing to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
In regards to Consumer Protection, Minister Sayed-Hossen paid a courtesy call on Professor K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food Supplies and Public Distribution. Discussions centered on consumer awareness campaigns, the reorganization of the Consumer Protection Unit and the Legal Metrology Services of Mauritius.