Mauritius Extends Helping Hand Contributing to African Development

At the conference of the SADC, the Mauritian Prime Minister expressed his will to pool in Mauritian expertise into African development. A fund has even been set up, known as the Africa Fund, for the sake of investment into viable projects in the continent. Additionally, African students have at their disposal 50 scholarships from Mauritius: 50 students will be able to opt for higher studies in the island. Time will tell as to the fruits of these efforts and maneuvers.

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The Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, attended the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on the 17th of August, the meetings of which were held in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Africa decided to adopt a four-pillar strategy: democracy, good governance and development, regional integration, and growth of economic opportunities. Mauritius thereafter proposed its expertise in these fields, with the view to accelerating investments on the African continent.

Mauritius has created an Africa Fund to channel firms planning to invest in projects in an African country. The fund will also offer consultant services to both private and governmental organisations in Africa. Mauritius is determined to provide assistance through its expertise in certain domains where it has a competitive advantage.

Furthermore, the country has offered 50 scholarships, free of charge, to young Africans.

Additionally, the countries forming part of Africa also look forward to cooperating among each other. For instance, Mauritius and Seychelles have come to an agreement of sharing their continental platform instead of engaging in a rivalry that would have not been easily resolved once struck.

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