2 February 2016

Mauritius: China Expresses Interests for Mauritius to Be Part of the 21st Century New Maritime Silk Road

press release

The President of the People's Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping, has expressed interests for Mauritius to be part of the 21st Century new Maritime Silk Road owing to the country's strategic location which position Mauritius as a natural extension of the said Silk Road.

This was at the fore of discussions today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, H.E Mr Wang Yi, during a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis.

Minister Wang Yi spoke of the possibilities evoked by the President of the People's Republic of China, on how Mauritius can extend cooperation in the historic process of rejuvenating that Silk Road.

Discussions also focused on strengthening further the relations between China and Mauritius while using Mauritius as gateway for Chinese enterprises to access the African Continent. Other topics raised, pertained to making of Mauritius a platform for the Financial Services as well as an important centre for the training of human resources.

Minister Wang Yi further expressed interest for the relations between China and Mauritius to go eastward in the pursuit of economic development so as to connect the Asian continent for mutual benefits especially in the fields of the Blue economy which according to him, represent tremendous opportunities, while at the same to boost the tourism and aviation sectors.

He conveyed China's appreciation to the Mauritian Prime Minister for his contribution in maintaining political stability, social harmony and continuous economic development. He also lauded the Mauritian Government for having succeeded a well-diversified economic development with the creation of innovative industries.

Furthermore, he expressed confidence that Mauritius is on the right path in its ambition to achieving the Second Economic Miracle through the implementation of the Vision 2030 hence helping the country attain the level of a high income economy.

Mr Wang Yi, is on a two-day visit to Mauritius with a view to reinforce further both bilateral relations and friendly ties between the two countries.

The Silk Road is an ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea.


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