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Mauritius and Belgium to reinforce cooperation in areas of mutual interest
 
Mauritius and the Kingdom of Belgium will further collaborate to strengthen both diplomatic and economic relations and reinforce bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
 
This was at the fore of discussions this afternoon during a courtesy call by the Ambassador of Belgium to Mauritius, Mr Paul Cartier, on the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
 
In a statement, Mr Paul Cartier underpinned the longstanding relation of kinship between the two countries since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in November 1968 which he said is a relationship that must be nurtured.
 
He also expressed interest to collaborate and share the Belgian expertise with the Mauritian Government in the fields of bio-technology; renewable energy and sustainable development; management of the Port; water treatment; ocean economy; as well as in the education sector regarding University exchange programmes.
 
Mr Paul Cartier also spoke of encouraging more Belgian investors to tap investment opportunities in Mauritius and vice-versa in addition to using Mauritius as platform to access the African continent.
 
Discussions also focused on an economic and commercial Belgian mission currently in Mauritius; the Post-Cotonou ACP-EU relationship; the forthcoming Europe-Africa Dialogue Summit 2017 to be held this year; the possibility of introducing a High-end medical care-cancer treatment (Proton Therapy) in Mauritius; and various similarities between Belgium and Mauritius in different spheres.
 
Mr. Paul Cartier was appointed Ambassador of Belgium to Mauritius since July 2016.
It will be recalled that Mauritius has concluded an Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) with EU, which entered in force in May 2012, allowing duty free / quota free access to the EU including on the Belgium market.