– 13 February 2017:
The Princess Camilla of Bourbon Charitable Foundation which will offer its support to any charitable, technical or educational cause, with a focus on the protection of the environment and promoting scientific development, has been set up in Ebène.
The announcement was made by Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, and the Minister of Social Security and Reform Institutions and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou at a joint press conference on 10 February 2017 in Port Louis.
According to Princess Camilla, Mauritius has been chosen due to its strategic location which provides access to the African, Middle East, South Asian and East Asian regions and this will allow the Foundation to extend its outreach and achieve the highest impact in the accomplishment of its purpose.
The intent is to create an immediate and incisive impact, she stated, adding that the seriousness of the intent is clearly demonstrated by the strong State support which was requested and which has been received to facilitate the ongoing activities of the Foundation.
In addition to the several environmental and sustainable development projects, the Foundation is already working on with the collaboration of the Government, Princess Camilla underlined that as the sitting President of Les Amis du Centre Scienfique de Monaco, she wishes to promote another area, that is the culture of science and technical know-how amongst the new generation.
In this context, the Foundation will work closely with the Office of the President of the Republic to promote and sustain the Coalition for African Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship initiative, she added.
For his part, Minister Sinatambou underscored that it is very rare to get a foundation to assist a country with technical expertise as well as financially. He thanked Princess Camilla for having chosen Mauritius as the island will also serve as a platform to help other African countries.
Aquaculture, beach erosion and renewable energy are some pressing key challenges to which the Foundation could provide assistance, he stated.
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