The Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Charles Xavier-Luc Duval, has observed that the Northern Region had greater business opportunities that the Mauritius private sector could venture into ethanol production. Mr. Duval said this on arrival in Tamale on a familiarisation tour to take opportunity of the business potentials of the Northern Region and make the appropriate investments.
He said the region presented great business opportunities for development, and noted that there were currently some Mauritius private businesses ongoing, especially, in the sugar industry, to create jobs for the people. Mr. Duval, who paid a courtesy call on the Northern Regional Minister, said Mauritius had similar geographical and population characteristics like the Northern Region, and that its population was about 1.3 million.
Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Northern Regional Minister, said the region had 2.5 million people and occupiesd the largest landmark of the country, which creates potentials for development. He indicated that the Mauritius businesses to be located in the region would help him (Minister) achieve one of his performance indicators of creating jobs, and that the sugar industry investments by Mauritius businesses would create jobs for the people.
Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru pointed out that poverty, disease, and illiteracy were the common enemies of the people of the north, and that the collaboration with Mauritius would help reduce some of the problems. He expressed worry about the pockets of conflicts that were affecting the area, and gave the assurance that they were being managed.
Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry, indicated that due to the good relationship that existed between Ghana and Mauritius, a friendly football match would be played between both countries after the World Cup to deepen the relationship.