GIS – December 27, 2013: “Mauritius’ economic diplomacy is premised on its appurtenance to the African continent and also the need for the country to avoid the Middle Income Trap’, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell.
Addressing members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps based in Mauritius at the traditional and annual Vin d’Honneur held on 23 December 2013 at Le Maritim Hotel, the Minister pointed out that Mauritius will engage more fully with its partners to consolidate the pillars of future growth prospects.
A new pillar for our future growth will be the ocean economy, he said while recalling that 2013 will go down in the history of Mauritius as the year in which the country launched the roadmap for the development of its Ocean economy. According to Dr Boolell, this development will take place within the ambit of global governance instruments, regional cooperation and bilateral ventures as well as within the overarching framework of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The Minister spoke about the challenges lying ahead for Mauritius in 2014 which include the changing nature of our relations with traditional development partners. He also referred to the ongoing negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, which is aimed at fostering EU investments in both our traditional and emerging services sectors.
“We see solidarity, support, dialogue and shared values as the cornerstones of a re-defined and sustainable relationship with the EU in the coming years. Such dialogue will be bilateral in nature as well as at ACP-EU and Africa-EU levels. Mauritius will also remain active in the ongoing reflection on the future of the ACP”, stated the Minister.
As part of Africa, Dr Boolell said that Mauritius will work towards stepping up its engagements with the USA for the extension of the Third Country Fabric derogation under AGOA post 2015.
He expressed satisfaction with President Obama’s initiative to push for a seamless extension of the Third Country Fabric derogation under AGOA post 2015. Mauritius also stands ready to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with the US either on a bilateral basis or in regional settings”, he added.
Minister Boolell called on members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps to dedicate themselves to shared commitment on three interlinked goals namely:
- strengthening bilateral, regional and international cooperation
- addressing global challenges and formulating collective responses in a fair, responsible and inclusive manner, and
- establishing an international system based on democratic governance and that better guarantees human security through sustainable development, prosperity and peace for all.
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