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Some 4,000 Mauritian citizens to be repatriated by end July, says Minister Bodha

Date: June 16, 2020
Domain:Foreign Affairs
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 16 June, 2020: The Government has already made necessary arrangements to repatriate in an orderly manner some 4,000 Mauritian citizens stranded in different countries abroad owing to the closure of the borders in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic across the world including Mauritius. At date some 2,700 Mauritians have already been repatriated with eight flights scheduled till end June 2020 and an additional seven flights in July to bring back all the Mauritians by end July 2020.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade​, Mr Nandcoomar Bodha, made this announcement, yesterday, in the National Assembly during his intervention on Budget 2020-2021.

With regards to the call of the Mauritian Government for cruise owners to shoulder the responsibility and bear the cost of repatriating Mauritian employees working on those cruise ships, Minister Bodha highlighted that appropriate arrangements have already been made to bring back the Mauritian citizens in a regular manner. He further pointed out that with the gradual opening of Dubai airport and other hubs, it has been possible to reach out to some Mauritians who were stranded in countries such as Pakistan, Istanbul among others.

In his intervention, Minister Bodha also made an overview of the various sectors that are severely affected by the Covid-19 situation namely the tourism industry and the financial services sector. He also spoke of diplomacy whereby he added that digital diplomacy is the new norm nowadays while countries across the world are struggling for their economic revival. Digital diplomacy is here to stay, underscored Mr Bodha and in this endeavor he reiterated the need to connect with all member states for an enhanced cooperation in the interest of one and all.

Speaking of the European Union (EU) projection of putting Mauritius on the black list for which the list will be released on 1st October, Minister Bodha underlined that Mauritius has expressed interest of being assessed as an autonomous evaluation by the EU to address the deficiencies and that Mauritius will be ready by August 2020. He further underscored that this evaluation exercise which will be undertaken with the consultation, dialogue and expertise of the EU, is crucial for Mauritius to maintain its good repute and clean jurisdiction regarding its financial services sector.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, also commented on Government’s efforts to prevent, manage and control the spread of the Covid-19 which, according to him, has reaped positive results. He attributed the positive outcome to the sense of solidarity demonstrated by the population at large and the Government in managing the situation in a proper manner and concluded that Government has left no stone unturned in consolidating the welfare state with a budget of around Rs 63 billion earmarked in budget 2020-2021 at a time where the world is facing both economic and social crisis in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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