GIS – 21 September 2018: A delegation of Senior Government Officials participating in the 24th Session of the Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of Southern Africa under the theme “Blue Economy, Inclusive Industrialisation and Economic Development in Southern Africa” met the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, yesterday at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
The following Ministers were also present during the meeting: the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo; the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou; the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr Premdut Koonjoo; and the Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Institutional Reforms, Mr Maneesh Gobin.
The delegation of Senior Government Officials comprised the Director of the Office for Southern Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Prof Said Adejumobi; the African Union (AU) Regional Delegate for Southern Africa, Dr Leopold Auguste Ngomo; the Director of Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development Division at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat, Mr Thierry Mutombo Kalonji; and the Director of Policy, Planning and Resource Mobilisation of the Southern African Development Community, Mr Mubita Luwabelwa.
In a statement, Prof Adejumobi underlined that the meeting with the Prime Minister was cordial and discussions focussed on a range of issues in terms of blue economy, inclusive industrialisation and economic development in Southern Africa. The purpose of the visit, he highlighted, was also to brief the Prime Minister about the deliberations of the 24th Session of the ICE of Southern Africa and the expertise that Mauritius can share with other African countries.
He underscored that some of the issues raised during the ICE pertained to the implicit opportunities in the ocean economy, the way in which African countries can cooperate, how capacity can be enhanced, how to make optimal use of ocean resources, and to address the issue of governance and security of the water space.
For his part, Dr Ngomo emphasised that the AU hopes to see Mauritius intervene and invest increasingly on the African continent and show other countries what made it successful. He also pointed out that the blue economy also implies production of energy, medicines, food, among others. Mauritius, in terms of blue economy, is ahead as compared to the rest of the continent, he added.
Mr Kalonji, for his part, underlined that Mauritius is the first country on the continent to have signed several agreements for the protection and mutual promotion of investments. He also pointed out that COMESA is proud to have Mauritius among its active and working members.