Mauritius: 'Enhancing connectivity between Africa and Asia through Mauritius'

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth told Parliament on Tuesday that the agreement signed between Air Mauritius Ltd and the Singapore Changi Airport recently is part of the government's plan to enhance connectivity between Africa and Asia through Mauritius.

"Mauritius will thus become a gateway to Asia through Singapore for the islands of the Indian Ocean and countries of eastern and southern Africa," he said.

According to him, this ‘Air Corridor’ offers an exceptional opportunity for growth for Air Mauritius as it taps into the tremendous potential of traffic between Asia / South East Asia and Africa.

Sir Jugnauth said the increase of frequencies into Singapore will dovetail with the Regional Airline Project Air Mauritius Ltd is currently pursuing and will provide new opportunities to various sectors of the Mauritian economy.

"The impact on Air Mauritius Ltd will be very positive. Given that Singapore Changi Airport is the seventh largest international airport in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic, this Agreement will allow the development of both passenger and cargo traffic between Singapore and Mauritius as well as between Africa /Indian Ocean Countries and Asia /South East Asia, using Mauritius and Singapore as hubs," the Prime Minister emphasised.

Sir Anerood Jugnauth informed the parliamentarians that on the west side of the corridor, Mauritius has already signed Memoranda of Understanding/Bilateral Air Services Agreements with the following countries in Africa: Botswana, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

He said this forceful move will, through the multiplier effect, have an enormous impact on the other sectors of the economy and will promote trade, business and economic development, thereby catapulting Mauritius to the next stage of growth.

"Through the promotion of international trade and business in the region, it will work towards turning Mauritius into a robust regional hub," Sir Jugnauth added.
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17 november 2015 14:14:22

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