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China reiterates its commitment to support Africa’s development

To mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Mauritius and the People’s Republic of China, the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade organized a symposium themed “Enhancing Mauritius-China Relations” to further promote bilateral relations between Mauritius and China, today at Ebène. The event was attended by high-level representatives of the Mauritian government as well as a Chinese delegation presently in Mauritius.

In his speech, His Excellency Mr. Li Li,  the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, spoke about the long-standing excellent  relations between the two countries.   Mr. Li Li emphasized China`s determination to cooperate with Mauritius in several fields in order to realize the Chinese strategy for Africa in line with the Government`s Vision 2030.  He also elaborated on the One Belt, One Road Initiative which aims at connecting Asia to Europe.  He also commended the robustness and expertise of the Mauritian financial sector and called for both countries to deploy efforts for greater cooperation in this promising sector.

During his keynote address, the Honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Jugnauth welcomed China's support for the development of the country and for further cementing the friendly ties which exist between both countries.  He also highlighted that a Free Trade Agreement between Mauritius and China  will be concluded shortly. This protocol will open vast opportunities for trade and cross-border investment.  The Honourable Prime Minister stated that the opening of the Bank of China in Mauritius last year is a testimony to China`s determination to foster strong ties with Mauritius, for the bank will enable Mauritius to trade in Remnibi. 

With regard to China`s engagement in Africa, the Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the full implementation of the action plan of the Johannesburg Summit which was held in December 2015.   The Prime Minister  commended the establishment of a Sino-Mauritian civil aviation academy.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Honourable Seetanah Luchmeenaraidoo, stated that Mauritius and China can partner together to invest and participate in the development of the African Continent.  He underscored that  the financial and investment corridor can be used by Chinese investors through the Special Purpose Vehicle which will  benefit  China, Africa and Mauritius.

 

19 April 2017