Mauritius calls for better Africa for future generations

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius firmly believes that a strong, secure, united and economically independent and prosperous Africa is central to the island’s own economic progress and social development.

In a message on Friday to mark Africa Day, copy of which was made available to PANA, the Mauritian Foreign Affairs Ministry said: “Mauritius’ expanded Africa strategy punctuated by our contribution to the debate on Africa’s development during meetings at the highest level is a key indicator of our resolve to work with the African Union for a better Africa for future generations.”

It said 2018 is an important year for Mauritius, adding: “As we celebrate our 50th Independence Anniversary, we are also reminded that the decolonisation of Mauritius is still not complete. We thank our African sisters and brothers for their unflinching support as they strongly rally around Mauritius in our quest for the sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago in all relevant fora.”

The Ministry said 2018 is also an important year in the calendar of the African Union as it marks the halfway of the first Ten Year Implementation Plan of Agenda 2063, “our shared vision for a better Africa”.  

“Despite inherent difficulties strewn on our path, achievements are manifold. The African Continental Free Trade Area constitutes the crystallisation of years of concerted efforts at regional level through the regional economic blocs coupled with the staunch determination of our leaders to put Africa first in trade and business matters.”

According to Mauritius, Africa has transformed and is still transforming.  

“With the gradual but steady implementation of the Constitutive Act, we have turned into a people centric organisation with immediate focus on those who need our support, particularly the vulnerable groups, the youth and the women - largely affected by poverty, insecurity, wars, atrocities and calamities - who have for long been left behind”.

It further stated that “Silencing the guns by 2020”, in this context, is a laudable initiative but can only happen with the support of all African leaders.

In this regard, it said, “the challenges lying ahead have a common denominator which is the deeply entrenched scourge of corruption”.

“African leaders have signalled their strong intent to tackle this major problem by declaring the 2018 African Union theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption - A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, the Mauritian Foreign Affairs Ministry emphasised.
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25 Maio 2018 06:00:40

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