On May 26, 2017, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth arrived in India for a three-day official visit.
- On May 26, 2017, he held discussions with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
- On May 27, 2017 Mr Jugnauth held delegation level talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- During the course of his visit, he also met President Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
- Pravind Jugnauth is accompanied by his deputy, Ivan Collendavelloo, and senior officials including the cabinet secretary and finance secretary of Mauritius.
- This is Jugnauth’s first visit abroad as Prime Minister after assuming office in January 2017.
India has announced USD 500 Million assistance in form of Line of Credit to Mauritius, which will be used for various projects. This Line of Credit (LOC) agreement was signed between SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd and Export-Import Bank of India. PM Modi mentioned that India is proud to participate actively in the ongoing development activities in Mauritius.
Mauritius Negotiating Economic Cooperation Pact with India
- Pravind Jugnauth said that Mauritius is negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) with India which will boost bilateral trade and cross-border
- Dnyaneshwar M Mulay, Secretary, Overseas Indian Affairs in the Ministry of External Affairs, mentioned that India and Mauritius are pursuing the CECPA to help diversify the trade basket and address the balance of trade, which is currently in India’s favour.
- The draft of the CECPA is likely to be ready in mid-2017 and will conclude by the end of the year.
India, Mauritius sign 4 agreements including bilateral maritime security
India and Mauritius signed following 4 agreements after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth:
- Setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius
- Cooperation in ocean research
- USD 500 million Line of Credit (LOC) agreement between the SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Company and Export-Import Bank of India.
- Maritime Security Agreement
About Maritime Security Agreement between India & Mauritius:
This bilateral maritime accord will strengthen cooperation and capacities to effectively manage conventional and non-conventional threats in the Indian Ocean. India and Mauritius have also agreed to strengthen their wide-ranging cooperation in hydrography for a secure and peaceful maritime domain.
Quick Facts about Mauritius:
- Capital: Port Louis
- Currency: Mauritian Rupee
- Current President: Ameenah Gurib