New Botswana president visits Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Botswana's new president, Mr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, paid a one-day visit to Mauritius on Thursday as part of a tour to meet with leaders in Southern African Development Community to strengthen bilateral relations.
President Masisi called on Mauritian Prime Minister Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis following a working session with key stakeholders from both countries.

Mr Jugnauth congratulated President Masisi, who took office on 1 April 2018 and thanked Botswana for its support at the United Nations General Assembly on the Chagos Archipelago case.

The Prime Minister underlined that the case has reached a crucial stage saying that the hearing has been fixed for 3 September 2018. He recalled that he has solicited a number of countries to intervene in favour of Mauritius.

Speaking about the working session, Mr Jugnauth said that discussions focused on exploring avenues of cooperation between the two countries.  Talks are ongoing for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Economic Development Board of Mauritius and Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, he pointed out.

Other avenues of cooperation which were at the fore of discussions included: collaboration between the Stock Exchanges of both countries; encouraging Mauritian enterprises to explore the diamond sector in Botswana; and possibility of setting up a Special Economic Zone in Botswana.

President Masisi highlighted that the working session enabled them to renew bonds of friendship and solidarity as well as identify key areas where cooperation could be deepened. 
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04 may 2018 09:05:35

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