In the context of the National Day celebrations 2014, the Minister of International
Trade and Industry of Malaysia, Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohammed, visited Mauritius from
11 to 13 March 2014. As our guest of honour, he was accompanied by a Malaysian business
delegation which comprised business leaders from various fields of activity, namely
financial services, education, construction, seafood and healthcare.
Since the country’s independence in 1957, Malaysia’s economic performance
has been remarkable. It is today the world's third largest manufacturer of solar
heaters, with complete solar ecosystems, while leading South-East Asia's fastest
growing oil and gas industry. It is ranked 6th in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business
Report 2014 and it occupies the first place among the most popular emerging market
destinations beyond the BRIC countries.
In the context of that official visit, the Board of Investment, in collaboration
with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Enterprise Mauritius, organized
a business forum at the Grand-Baie International Conference Centre on 12th March.
The objective of the meeting was to generate partnership projects between Mauritian
and Malaysian businessmen.
The Forum was officially launched by the Honourable Xavier-Luc Duval, Vice Prime
Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Mauritius. It saw the
participation of the Malaysian delegation as well as high-level Mauritian businessmen.
The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Honourable Cader Sayed
Hossen, highlighted the investment opportunities in Mauritius, while Honourable
Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed underscored bilateral relations, emphasizing the characteristics
shared by the two countries. Both are open economies and enjoy a strong footprint
of multinational companies. The active role that the two nations play in regional
organisations was also rehearsed. Malaysia is part of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (comprising ten countries of the region including Indonesia, the Philippines,
Singapore and Thailand) while Mauritius plays a key role in SADC and the COMESA.
The Malaysian Minister of Commerce came to the conclusion that the two countries
have a valuable stake in close collaboration and partnerships. They can open access
for each other to two of the most important emerging markets, namely Sub-Saharan
Africa and South-East Asia.
The interactive session that followed the main presentations provided the ideal
platform for Mauritian private sector operators to interact with the Malaysian businessmen
and seek areas of collaboration. Various subjects were broached, for instance a
bilateral treaty between Mauritius and Malaysia, the possibility of bringing Islamic
finance to Africa’s doorstep through Mauritius, the opportunity for young
Mauritian techno entrepreneurs to attend well-developed training programmes offered
in Malaysia and the assistance of the Malaysian authorities to develop a framework
for halal certification in Mauritius.