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Seychelles and Mauritius Solidify Cooperation

19.06.2012

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, has today concluded the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding, with his counterpart, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr. Arvin Boolell, aimed at further deepening the cooperation between the two island states. 

In a special signing ceremony witnessed by President James Michel and the Mauritian Prime Minister, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, held at State House this morning, the two Ministers signed an MoU on health cooperation between the two governments, which included a skills developing exchange programmes for health professionals. This agreement allows for Mauritian doctors to work in the Seychelles for the public health sector.

The second signing referred to the education sector with the conclusion of an MoU between the University of Seychelles and the University of Mauritius.

“Mauritius and Seychelles are natural partners and these two MoU’s mark the start of a deepening of our engagements in many areas,” said Minister Adam

“We share the same vision of prosperity for our people but we also share many of the same challenges so together we are better equipped to realise our ambitions. Over the coming months, we will be pursuing additional areas of cooperation in the areas of trade, policing, and tourism among others.”

 

The Minister added that Seychelles and Mauritius were keen to work together to continually fight the scourge of piracy, and to speak with a more unified voice in the international arena, particularly their commitment to the Indian Ocean Commission and to the SADC Roadmap for Madagascar.

 

“As President Michel said during our working session this morning, a more prosperous region is for the benefit of us all so Seychelles and Mauritius are commitment to working together to safeguard and realise the full potential of our Blue Economy, as well as facilitate exchanges between our private sectors,” added Minister Adam.

 

In addition to the traditional sectors, the Minister highlighted possible cooperation in the fields of intelligence sharing and gathering, and in social development, particularly in addressing social ills such as drug use and trafficking.

 

Minister Boolell is currently in Seychelles accompanying Prime Minister Ramgoolam during his first State Visit.

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