14 January 2016

Mauritius and Reunion to Partner in the Economic Development of the Region

press release

Mauritius and Reunion will reinforce partnership regarding the economic development of the region as well as tap the African continent in sectors such as the development of the ecological tourism industry, renewable energy and digital connectivity.

The President of the Regional Council of Reunion Island, Mr Didier Robert made this statement yesterday after a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.

Mr Didier Robert reiterated the shared vision of both Mauritius and Reunion into developing further the renewable energy sector whereby he added that Reunion can share its experience as well as expertise with regards to its potential for renewable energy generation which comprises solar energy, marine energy, wind energy and biomass.

According to him, transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources can help address the economic and environmental challenges, and lessen the dependence on fossil fuels which are detrimental to the environment. He recalled that renewable energy is a clean energy that should be tapped by other islands in the region.

It will be recalled that Reunion has implemented since 2013 a new Energy Governance, led by the Regional Council including all the energy stakeholders (public and private). The aim is to be the first territory in the world where all low carbon innovations are integrated into society, by 2030.

To further boost relations between Mauritius and Reunion, an antenna of 'Région Réunion' is operational since April 2015, in Ebène.

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