Mauritius, Madagascar set up Joint Commission to expand cooperation

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Madagascar have embarked on a new path of bilateral cooperation and expanding the existing collaboration with the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission.

They have therefore signed on Friday four agreements pertaining to trade, industrial cooperation, mutual administrative cooperation in customs matters and cultural matters signed in Port-Louis.

An official from the Mauritian Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, said the agreement on trade aims at increasing the volume of trade in goods and services between Mauritius and Madagascar.

The agreement on industrial cooperation provides for the establishment of a framework for cooperation between the respective Ministries of Industry to identify opportunities for collaboration and promote the development of industrial sectors for the mutual benefits of both countries.
Various facilities will also be provided under this agreement namely information exchange, exchange visits, capacity building, and cross-border trade.

Under the agreement on mutual administrative cooperation in customs matters, customs administrations in both countries will collaborate to exchange information to prevent, identify, and repress violations of customs laws and to ensure supply chain security.

The agreement on cultural matters provides for the promotion of mutual knowledge and understanding of their respective cultures, intellectual and artistic achievements as well as their respective histories and the way of living of the population.

According to the Mauritian official, this agreement would encourage, among others joint projects and facilitate the exchange of visits of artistic and cultural delegations for participation in international cultural and artistic activities organised in Mauritius and Madagascar.

Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, said that the setting up of the Joint Permanent Commission is a historical landmark into strengthening the relations between Mauritius and Madagascar for the mutual interest of both countries.

According to him, the Joint Commission has enabled to identify cooperation and investment opportunities in different sectors, namely cooperative, fisheries, employment, higher education and Scientific Research among others.

For his part, the Malagasy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Henry Rabary-Njaka, spoke of the longstanding relations between Madagascar and Mauritius and reiterated his interest to collaborate with Mauritius in various economic spheres.
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18 Maio 2018 12:10:32

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