GIS - 09 December, 2015: Given its inherent limitations, Mauritius cannot do it all alone in a heavily globalised world. In this regard, my Government truly believes in working together with all stakeholders, including friendly countries and our long-standing bilateral and multilateral partners.
This statement was made yesterday by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, at the dinner for the Diplomatic Corps held at Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles.
The Prime Minister recalled that as mentioned in the Vision 2030 Economic Mission Statement, the overall objective of the Government is to transform Mauritius into a dynamic, export-driven and knowledge-based economy and a society which is underpinned by the values of good governance, fairness, opportunity, rule of law and security for all.
He underlined that the future of Mauritius lies, to a large extent, in developing new sectors, such as Ocean Economy, Smart Cities, Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Regional Bunkering Hub.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth underscored that while making greater use of economic diplomacy which remains an important pillar of our foreign policy, the country also relies on the valuable support and cooperation of other countries to partner with Mauritius in its economic pursuit. He urged the diplomatic corps to re-double efforts to create win-win situations, both for their countries and Mauritius, with a view to tapping the economic, trade and investment opportunities emerging in our respective countries and regions
While giving an overview of his recent participations in different Summits in New York, Malta and New Delhi, the Prime Minster highlighted that the cornerstone of this Strategy is to develop new diplomatic, economic and business relations with African countries while enhancing existing ones.
The Prime Minister stated that during the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations in New York he noted with satisfaction that many of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are in line with priority areas of the Vision 2030 Economic Mission Statement. Both the 2030 UN Agenda and the Vision 2030 Statement lay emphasis on poverty eradication and social inclusiveness, and are dedicated to offering a life of dignity to all by providing a decent standard of living, basic services, productive employment, quality education, rule of law and good governance.
Referring to climate change, Sir Anerood Jugnauth said that this is possibly among the biggest and the most daunting challenges that small island states like Mauritius have ever faced. No doubt, it is a “threat multiplier” which worsens already existing problems anywhere in the world, he added. He expressed the wish that the Conference of the United Nations on Climate (COP 21) in Paris adopts bold and ambitious measures not only to combat climate change in a spirit of solidarity but to also mitigate its adverse impacts.
The Prime Minister concluded by stating that Mauritius attaches a lot of importance to people-to-people interaction and is grateful to the Governments of Ghana and Russia for concluding visa exemption agreements with Mauritius. He also thanked the Government of India to provide Mauritian nationals as from 1 December 2015 an electronic tourist visa free of charge. He reiterated his appreciation to the Dubai authorities who have agreed to waive visa requirements for all Mauritian Government officials travelling to Dubai with effect from December 2015.
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