President Mukherjee invites Mauritius PM to visit India

Port Louis, Mar 12 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday invited Mauritius Prime Minister Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam to visit India on mutually convenient dates, which could be decided through diplomatic channels.

President Mukherjee, who met the Mauritius Prime Minister here today, said his discussions with Dr. Ramgoolam have established a firm roadmap for the consolidation and enhancement of the mutually beneficial bilateral relations between the two sides.

"Ours is a strategic partnership which has the well-being of our peoples at its core. I have invited Prime Minister Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam to visit India on mutually convenient dates, which could be decided through diplomatic channels," he added in his press statement after the meeting.

President Mukherjee, who met his Mauritius counterpart Rajkeswur Purryag yesterday, said his discussions today with Dr. Ramgoolam were cordial and covered the entire length and breadth of our multi-dimensional engagement.

"We discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. I am confident that the meetings and discussions during my visit here will further strengthen our partnership," said President Mukherjee.

"While expressing satisfaction over the current state of our relations, Prime Minister Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam and I agreed that there was untapped potential, particularly in the areas of trade and economic cooperation. The bilateral Line of Credit between the two sides must be used as a vehicle to upgrade our economic and commercial exchanges, including the possible financing of projects that will improve the quality of life of Mauritian citizens," he added.

President Mukherjee said there was also discussion on potential areas for cooperation such as exploration of marine resources, renewable energy and environment friendly technologies.

"The Prime Minister and I have agreed to further enhance exchanges in the fields of Health, Higher Education, Information Technology, Science and Technology, Tourism, Textiles, Agro-Processing, Culture and Legal Cooperation," said President Mukherjee.

"I am very happy to note that MoUs in Health and Medicine, Tourism and Cooperation as well as in the field of Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities have been signed today. I am positive that these agreements will further enhance the quality of our partnership and be of benefit to the people of India and Mauritius," he added.

Expressing his delight to note that the Joint Working Group (JWG) on the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) has met twice in the last one year, President Mukherjee said India looks forward to holding the next meeting of the JWG soon in New Delhi.

"They have provided an opportunity for both sides to discuss all issues with the aim of finding a mutually acceptable and beneficial outcome. India looks forward to holding the next meeting of the JWG soon in New Delhi. We also look forward to the holding of the 11th India-Mauritius Joint Commission Meeting," he said.

President Mukherjee further said India will continue to extend assistance to Mauritius in the field of human resource development and capacity building.

"We have already increased the training slots for Mauritius under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme to 170 for civilian programmes and 100 for defence-related programmes. These slots can be increased to meet further demands," said President Mukherjee.

"It is heartening to note the rise in the number of Mauritian students availing of the 100 educational scholarships offered by the Government of India annually," he added. (ANI)

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