“In the face of the lingering and coarser geopolitical and geo economic landscapes, the daunting challenge for Mauritius will be to maintain resilience, sustain growth and above all ensure the well being of our citizens”, said the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Alan Ganoo, nowadays, in Mont Choisy.

He used to be talking at a Vin d’honneur organised for individuals of the diplomatic corps, at Mont Choisy Le Golf Restaurant.

Minister Ganoo dwelt on key trends of 2022 including that the toughen of all diplomats had been integral in confronting demanding situations of the COVID-19 pandemic, local weather exchange and hovering costs of gas, among others. He underlined that construction resilience to the nation’s vulnerabilities as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) is vital to defining our diplomatic movements in the pursuit of our key targets.

These targets, he stated, come with post-COVID-19 restoration, consolidation of the emblem symbol and popularity of Mauritius on the world tourism marketplace, power and inexperienced transition, digitalisation of our financial system, securing financing for sustainable construction and international safety, together with maritime safety.

“The sheer number of ongoing crises calls for bold collective and inclusive action at all levels, be it national, regional and multilateral”, he indicated. According to him, the focal point might be on upscaling our bilateral members of the family with a brand new impulse on broadening and deepening the spaces of cooperation with our bilateral companions.

“We will at the same time target new bilateral partnerships, whilst continuing to leverage the advantages of our common membership in major international and regional organisations, such as the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, the African Union, the Commonwealth and the Francophonie and, hopefully, others such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation”, he said.

Minister Ganoo additionally spoke of the want to enhance cooperation with neighbouring international locations specifically Reunion Island, Madagascar, Seychelles and Comoros. “We look forward to hosting the Joint Meeting of the Coordinators in 2023 ahead of the Commission Mixte in 2024”, he added.

At the regional degree, he stated, our international relations will paintings hand in glove with all our companions to be sure that the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, Southern African Development Community, Indian Ocean Rim Association and Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) are in a position to ship on their respective mandate and challenge. Mauritius may have the privilege of assuming the chairmanship of the IOC this yr and we glance ahead to this accountable function with a way of humility and resolution, Minister Ganoo affirmed.

In line with our continental engagements, he said that our outlook into Africa might be a key pillar of total construction technique including that the goal might be to make stronger political, financial, social and cultural members of the family and foster partnerships for extra financial alternatives. Mauritius, he wired, will identify a extra powerful diplomatic presence on the African Continent with the appointment of extra Honorary Consuls in international locations of priorities.

Minister Ganoo additionally spoke of the nation’s dedication to the African Union and Agenda 2063. He highlighted the pastime of Mauritius to host one of the Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellence of the African Medicines Agency (AMA), in line with the ambition of the Government to expand a pharmaceutical and biotechnological trade in Mauritius.

“In 2022, we also worked hard in our efforts to further deepen our bilateral interactions with our partners in Asia and the Middle-East namely India, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China, and Japan amongst others”, he indicated. The want to formulate a coherent Asia Strategy with a view to toughen members of the family with rising international locations in the continent corresponding to Indonesia, and Vietnam, used to be additionally underlined by means of the Minister.