Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Mauritius and Madagascar today signed more Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) aiming to promote economic exchange and to facilitate investments between the two counties under the theme “Mauritius-Madagascar Transcending to a New Era of Economic Collaboration”.
On Monday both countries signed three MoUs on tertiary education – facilitating internships, provide additional scholarships, and enhance exchange programmes and scientific research, one on judiciary with a view to exchange information in the context of investigations and the fight against illicit trafficking and cross border crimes, and another one on standards to ensure harmonisation of scientific norms and to facilitate commercial exchanges.
Mauritius’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, underlined that his country as an Ocean State with an Exclusive Economic Zone of 2.3 million square kilometres, needs to make sustainable use of its maritime resources.
“Both Mauritius and Madagascar share a common destiny as they are endowed with marine resources which need to be tapped to further boost economic growth,” he said.
“By working together in regional integration, Mauritius and Madagascar will benefit from a win-win situation in their economic development process.”
Madagascar President, Andry Rajoelina, said the forum demonstrated the willingness of both countries to strengthen their partnership by bringing a new dynamism to the longstanding Mauritius-Madagascar cooperation.
“At the start of a new chapter in the history of Madagascar, Mauritius is to become an essential partner by supporting the Malagasy socioeconomic transformational phase,” he said, adding that equity, efficiency and mutual respect will be the key factors enhancing the cooperation between both countries.
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