Mauritius, South Africa deepen ties

Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo on Tuesday night called for the deepening of relations between Mauritius and South Africa as an example for the whole of Africa.

He was speaking at the launch of the South Africa Week organised by the governments of Mauritius and South Africa and in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius this year.

The Minister said: “If we have the will and the determination to work together we will achieve the African dream which is based on sharing what each country knows best, South-South cooperation and mutual respect entailing win-win situations.”

According to him, “when the term BRICS was coined (with the ‘S’ standing for South Africa) it implied that this group represents what the world is to become tomorrow with regard to geopolitics and more distributional power".
“Therefore, if there is one country on the African continent which has been selected to be part of the five super powers it is South Africa. This pays tribute to a country which has come from incredibly tough times to that of a nation endowed with  the capacity to overcome great challenges,” he emphasised.

Mr Lutchmeenaraidoo called for South Africa to show the way and become the lighthouse to a young continent, with a youth ratio of 60% and an important amount of mineral reserves.  

For his part, the Acting Mauritian President Mr Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory expressed his conviction that the bilateral relationship between Mauritius and South Africa will be further strengthened in the days and years to come and “we are all eager to play a part in this great venture in the pursuit for a better Africa and better world”.

Speaking about South Africa, Mr Vyapoory said that it is a country with tremendous resources and with a great potential for economic and social development.
“Records show that the most attractive sector for South African investors is the real estate. However, we would like to see South African investments in other sectors such as tourism and hospitality, film industry, seafood hub, ocean economy and the education hub."

He appealed to the South African authorities to consider easing the process of visa for Mauritian citizens, in particular students.
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13 june 2018 11:11:09

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