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Mauritius to establish an air corridor with India, says Prime Minister

Date: July 25, 2016
Domain:International Relations; Foreign Affairs; Tourism
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 25 July, 2016:  “Mauritius is envisaging to establish an air corridor with India similar to that of the Asia-Africa air corridor launched earlier this year. Our ambition is to transform Mauritius into an important regional aviation hub that will connect Africa and Asia and we are determined to promote all possible opportunities for trade and investment between these continents”.
This statement was made yesterday by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, at the opening of the India-Mauritius Global Partnership conference organised by the India Mauritius Trade and Cultural Friendship Forum at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre in Pailles.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth pointed out that his Government is taking all necessary steps to increase air connectivity with eastern and southern Africa while reiterating the position of Mauritius as a bridge between Africa, the Sub-Continent and Asia owing to its strategic location.
He recalled the visit of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in Mauritius last year during which both parties agreed to constituting the India Mauritius Trade and Cultural Friendship Forum in a bid to further boost cooperation in the field of trade, arts and culture and develop a long term strategic partnership with prime focus on economic and trade relations between the two countries.
On this score he urged the leaders of the business community to take advantage of the business opportunities and help realise the shared vision and goals into concrete actions.  According to him the business community has a prominent and vital role to play with regard to strengthening the partnership between India and Mauritius.
With a view to help achieve our shared objective of developing close contacts between the businessmen of the two countries, the Prime Minister recalled that a strong framework of cooperation is needed hence the opening of an office of the Board of Investment in New Delhi which will provide full facilitation to Indian companies willing to do business in Mauritius.
Sir Anerood also outlined that Mauritius’ membership to COMESA, SADC and the Indian Ocean Commission positions the country as a key player in the Indian Ocean as well as in the Eastern and Sub- Saharan African region. He also made mention of the potential in the ocean economy with the 2.3 million square kilometres of Exclusive Economic Zone, which he said, will be the next frontier for our economic expansion.
He also spoke of the strategy of developing Mauritius into a financial services jurisdiction of substance and excellence and reiterated his confidence that the India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty that has been reviewed in a spirit of mutual cooperation will open up new opportunities that will further reaffirm the country as an attractive jurisdiction.
Over 200 delegates from India namely Ministers, eminent intellectuals, successful businessmen, potential investors and prominent artists of the Indian diaspora are attending the first India Mauritius Global Partnership conference from 24 to 27 July 2016 in Mauritius.
The aim of the conference is to showcase and promote partnership opportunities in various fields of socio-economic activity ranging from Financial Services; ICT; Manufacturing; Ocean Economy; Renewable Energy; Trade and Businesses; Agriculture and Farming; to Knowledge and Education; and Healthcare and Research.
Diplomatic relation between India and Mauritius dates as far back as 1948. Both countries have signed a wide range of bilateral agreements and MoUs. India is Mauritius largest trading partner and for the year 2014-2015 Indian exports amounted to US$1.9 billion and imports to US$21.19 million from Mauritius.
Over 100 Indian companies are operating in Mauritius across all sectors of the economy namely: Agro industry; Manufacturing; Tourism and Real Estate; Financial Services; ICT; Health care and Education, amongst others.
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