GIS - 13 February, 2020: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Representative for Eastern Africa to Mauritius, Dr Amado Philip de Andres, met, today, the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications, Minister for Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board, Mr Ken Poonoosamy, the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Commission, Mr Harvesh Seegoolam, were also present.
Discussion focused on three key areas namely: the creation of a Fintech Platform to support financial institutions; capacity building initiatives for the fight against maritime crime; and implementation of special projects such as the Blue Heart.
In a statement, Dr Amado Philip de Andres, underlined that the primary objective of the Fintech platform is to generate a sound financial ecosystem and help to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. The platform, he said, will also enable possibilities for the private sector to finance the shortcomings of the country to combat the issue of human trafficking.
With regard to maritime crime, he stated that expertise and support will be extended to Mauritius for the creation of appropriate frameworks and legislations to combat drug trafficking, financing of terrorism and criminality.
Moreover, Dr Amado Philip de Andres spoke of the Blue Heart project which is global awareness raising initiative to combat human trafficking human trafficking and its impact on society. The project also seeks to encourage involvement from governments, civil society, the corporate sector to inspire action and help prevent this heinous crime, he added.
Dr Amado Philip de Andrés was appointed the UNODC Regional Representative for Eastern Africa and took up his new assignment in Nairobi on 18 December 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as the UNODC Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama.
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