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Meeting Strengthens Ties Between Fiji And Mauritius

FIJIAN DELEGATION WITH THE MAURITIAN MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY COMMERCE AND

The Attorney-General and Minister for Industry and Trade, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, met the Mauritian Minister for Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Sayyad Abd-Al-Cader Sayed, in Bangalore, India on Monday, 27 January 2014.

Both Ministers were attending the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Partnership Summit 2014.

During the meeting, the Ministers agreed to finalise a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between their two Governments, which will allow close cooperation between Investment Fiji and the Mauritian Bureau of Investments.

The Attorney-General said that the meeting will enable both countries to develop relations between their respective Government agencies and encourage mutually beneficial opportunities.

"The MOU will facilitate close collaboration between Fiji and Mauritius in facilitating investments and will drastically improve the ease of doing business,” he said.

He further mentioned that Mauritius has already developed and implemented its restructure program over the past two decades and since both Mauritius and Fiji have similar demographics, the possibility of working with Mauritius is encouraging.

The Attorney-General said that the Fijian Government had embarked on its own comprehensive set of political and socioeconomic reforms, which were bearing fruit.

"The aim is to ensure sustainability and consistency of policy in order to make a difference to the lives of ordinary Fijians," he said.

Both Ministers also explored the possibility of enhancing cooperation and collaboration within the sugar and tourism sectors.

The Attorney-General briefed his counterpart on Fiji's path to democracy, underscoring the assent to Fiji's new Constitution on 7 September 2013 and the preparations for the up-coming election, to be held by the end of September 2014.

The Minister from Mauritius conveyed his congratulations to the Fijian Government for the “substantial and progressive” steps taken develop Fiji, which will culminate in democratic elections that will take place this year.

The meeting ended with both Ministers agreeing to finalise the MOU on investment cooperation and to develop bilateral relations further.