- 08 December, 2017:
Mauritius remains engaged and focused on its interactions with bilateral, regional and international partners. Like all of you, we aspire for a more equitable, safer and more sustainable world. We will therefore continue to maintain an active voice in the international fora. We will offer our humble contributions to advance the ideals of long-lasting global peace, security and prosperity.
This statement was made by the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Jugnauth, yesterday at the diplomatic dinner organised by the Prime Minister’s Office at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles.
Excellencies, your presence among us is testimony of the longstanding and friendly relations between Mauritius and your respective countries and organisations, stated the Prime Minister. Mauritius, he underlined, attaches a high importance to its bilateral ties.
Speaking about the significant contribution of countries and organisations in the socio-economic development of Mauritius, Mr Jugnauth expressed his gratitude for the partnerships forged and for the progress achieved together during the current year.
Terrorism, said the Prime Minister, knows no borders and constitutes a threat to the national security and welfare of citizens. The increasing number of terrorist attacks compels us to reinforce multilateral and regional cooperation on counterterrorism, he added. Mr Jugnauth stressed that Mauritius remains steadfastly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights as respect for human dignity should remain at the core of socio-economic development.
With regards to Small Island States such as Mauritius, the Prime Minister recalled that a multilateral system is crucial to ensure development and prosperity. Today, he stated, renewed efforts and innovative forms of cooperation are needed to ensure progress in key areas such as the alignment of the multilateral trading system to meet the priorities of the agenda for Sustainable Development.
Given the high premium we place on economic diplomacy, we will work actively to strengthen our international economic ties, in particular through our embassies and consulates, as well as with the foreign diplomatic missions accredited to Mauritius, said Mr Jugnauth.
For her part, the Ambassador of the European Union to Mauritius and the new Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Mrs Marjaana Sall, pointed out that the support of different Ministries and stakeholders has facilitated the work of development agencies and has brought closer cooperation at all levels.
Moreover, Ambassador Sall congratulated Mauritius for making the headlines by being ranked first in Overall Governance in Africa as per the Mo Ibrahim Index 2017. This is an important testimony to the fact that Mauritius has understood the importance of good governance, respect of human rights, tolerance and diversity in ensuring economic success and maintaining stability, she added.
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