Mauritius: The new High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan meets the Prime Minister
The High Commissioner of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Mauritius, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Jan Pathan called on the Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Interior and External Communications, Minister of Rodrigues, Outer Islands and ‘Territorial Integrity, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building, Port Louis, this afternoon.
The newly appointed High Commissioner conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan, to his Mauritian counterpart and to the people of Mauritius.
In a statement after the meeting, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Jan Pathan said that discussions with the Prime Minister focused on opportunities and areas of cooperation in which the two countries could work together, such as culture , trade and other areas of mutual interest. “In this regard, tourism has been identified as having the greatest potential for cooperation, with Mauritius having expertise in this sector”, he underlined.
Referring to the preferential trade agreement with Mauritius, the Pakistani high commissioner indicated that bilateral trade had not increased so much that the Pakistani government would very soon conduct a study to find out precisely which spheres of activity would be beneficial and complementary for both countries. “There is huge potential for products like rice and cement, as well as in the agricultural and pharmaceutical sectors where trade can be improved, as well as Mauritius’ exports,” he said.
Opportunities for joint ventures and for Pakistani investors to come to Mauritius to explore cooperation in areas of mutual interest were also highlighted during the meeting with the Prime Minister.
Earlier in the day, two special envoys of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, namely Mr. Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, former Permanent Representative to the African Union , met Prime Minister Jugnauth.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius.
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