Mauritius, Kenya to sign MOUs l

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Kenya will sign a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Kenya in several fields.

They range from the development of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Processing Zones (EPZs) in Kenya, education, culture, tourism and trade, PANA learnt on Saturday from official sources in the Mauritian capital.

In a communiqué following the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Government of Mauritius said that Mauritius and Kenya will establish a framework for collaboration between the two countries for the development of SEZs and EPZs in Kenya through the setting up of a Joint Technical Committee which would oversee the implementation and viability of SEZ or EPZ in designated sites in Kenya.

In the education field, the areas of cooperation for higher education would include, mutual recognition and equivalence of qualifications, inter-university linkage, staff and student exchanges, accreditation and quality assurance and academic scholarship programmes.

The main areas of collaboration for scientific research would include collaborative research, inter-research institution linkages and exchange programmes.

In the field of tourism, the MOU will provide for cooperation areas of enhancement of sustainable and inclusive tourism; joint promotion and marketing of both destinations; exploring new opportunities and avenues for larger inflow and outflow of tourism traffic between the two countries

Others are tourism training and skills development; and setting up of a Joint Working Group to draw up an Action Plan for enhancing cooperation between the two countries.

Mauritius and Kenya will also sign an MOU on a cultural exchange programme for the years 2018 to 2021 that will provide for exchanges among cultural and artistic troupes; close collaboration between institutions dealing with film classification, museums, film development, archives, and national library.

The rest are promotion of activities related to folklore and traditions and exchanges in the conservation and restoration of archival documents; and support from the Kenyan Authorities in the setting up of a Museum of Slavery in Mauritius.

The Mauritius Standards Bureau will sign an MOU with the Kenya Bureau of Standards that would promote and facilitate bilateral trade between the two countries through the elimination of non-tariff barriers, thereby minimising any adverse impacts on our export industries.  

The main activities to be undertaken under the Memorandum of Understanding include the establishment and development of direct relationships between the scientific and research institutes on Standardisation and Conformity Assessment and provision for harmonisation of specified standards with international standards for promotion of technical and scientific cooperation and the elimination of technical barriers to trade.
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