|Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, at the Princeton University, 05 October 2017, New Jersey
Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, addressed the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) on the theme "Reconciling Agro-biodiversity Conservation with Food and Nutrition Security in a Changing Climate" in New Jersey. The event was sponsored by Princeton University Campus Dining's Food and Agriculture Initiative, which exposes and identifies practical solutions to challenges facing global food systems.
Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2017, 03 & 04 October 2017, Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC
As part of the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, addressed the audience during the plenary and the closing sessions of the event on 3rd and 4th October 2017 respectively. The themes of her two speeches were “Engaging the African Diaspora in the United States to Strengthen African R&D Ecosystem” and “Building Effective Partnerships for African-Driven Science, Technology and Innovation.”
Innovating Women's Leadership Across Sectors: A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, 02 October 2017, Wilson Center, Washington, DC.
Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, addresses the Women in Public Service Project and the Africa Program at the Wilson Center, Washington, DC, on the progress, challenges, and opportunities for cross-sector innovations toward gender parity in leadership in Africa and globally. <a href="https://youtu.be/sx8d_Xkt4xY">Watch Here</a>
Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, at the Columbia University World Leaders Forum, 19 September 2017, New York.
Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, addresses the Columbia University World Leaders Forum on the theme "Rethinking Africa’s future through Science, Technology & Innovation" in New York. <a href="https://youtu.be/Y6On2u7glHU">Watch Here</a>
Talk on “Frugal Innovation: Building a Better World with Fewer Resources” by Mr. Navi Radjou
In collaboration with the Mauritius Institute of Directors, Mr. Navi Radjou, Innovation and leadership Advisor Based in Silicon Valley, Former Vice-President at Forrester Research and Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School, UK, was invited to give a lecture on the theme, “Frugal Innovation: Building a Better World with Fewer Resources”. Mr. Navi Radjou was at the State House, in Reduit, on 05 September 2017, in the presence of Her Excellency, the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, and other personalities.<div><br /></div>
TEDGlobal 2017, August 27-30 2017, Arusha, Tanzania
The TEDGlobal 2017 Conference: Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts., was held from 27 to 30 August 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. Her Excellency, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, intervened during the 8th Session themed 'Manifesto' on Wednesday 30 August 2017. She talked about her surprise to becoming the sixth President of the Republic of Mauritius in 2015. She also revealed how she is using her platform to build capacity and highlight the biodiversity of Mauritius. She was interviewed onstage by Stephanie Busari of CNN and the video will be available soon.
Launch of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, Geneva
The Global Commission on the Future of Work was launched in Geneva on the 21st August 2017. It consists of a body of 20 experts who came together to tackle the fundamental question of how a rapidly transforming world of work should be organized so that it responds to the values of social justice. The event was co-chaired by Her Excellency, The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and the Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Sweden, Stefan Löfven.<div><br /><div>“With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the world of work is in a state of flux, changing as never before, driven by inexorable forces that are impacting manufacturing and trade, global supply chains and the digitalisation of the global economy to name just a few,” said President of the Republic of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim in her opening speech. <a href="https://youtu.be/gss0XErFx94">Watch Here</a></div>
Launching Ceremony of Omnicane's Bioethanol Distillery
The launching ceremony of Omnicane's project to produce electricity from biogas was held on Wednesday 9th August 2017, in the presence of Her Excellency, Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius at La Baraque, L'Escalier. She was accompanied by the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius, H.E. Ms. Lina Marjaana Sall and the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Mr. Hamada Madi Bolero.<div><br /></div>
|COMESA-EAC-SADC, Tripartite Trade Negotiating Forum opens in Mauritius
<strong>GIS - June 01, 2012:</strong> The 3rd Meeting of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Trade Negotiating Forum opened this morning at Grand Bay International Conference Centre.<br /><br />The Tripartite initiative aims at harmonising the trade regimes of the COMESA, EAC and SADC through the establishment of an enlarged Free Trade Area (FTA). The objective of the Tripartite FTA is to achieve a larger market with a single economic space which will make it more attractive to investment and large scale production.<br /><br />Around 130 delegates from 26 Tripartite Member States are attending the three-day forum in Grand Bay.<br /><br />The Principle of Special and Differential Treatment and the Status of the Draft Tripartite FTA Agreement constitute two broad areas of discussions, while Technical working groups are to examine Rules of Origin (and Tariff Liberalisation), Customs Cooperation and Technical Barriers to Trade.<br /><br />Mauritius is represented by officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade. Representatives of the Mauritian public and private sectors are also participating in the meeting.<br /><br />In his opening remarks, the head of the Mauritian delegation, Mr Assad Bhuglah, Director of International Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, said that the Tripartite is a very important milestone especially when there is a new economic order taking place. ‘It is time that Africa including Eastern and Southern African countries organise themselves to face challenges of this new economic order’, he stressed.<br /><br />According to Mr Bhuglah, Mauritius is committed to play a very active role in the Tripartite initiative. The geographical position of the country is an important asset for the Tripartite as historically the island has been the star and the key of the Indian Ocean and Mauritius wants to be the hub between Africa and Asia, he added.<br /><br /><strong>First Tripartite Summit</strong><br /><br />The decision to establish the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite FTA was taken by the first Tripartite Summit held in Kampala, Uganda in October 2008.<br /><br />Two major decisions were then taken in terms of moving towards a single market, namely: establishment of an enlarged Free Trade Area encompassing the member states of the COMESA-EAC-SADC with the ultimate goal of achieving a single Customs Union; and working towards a merger into a single bloc with the objective of fast-tracking the attainment of the African Economic Community.<br /><br />It is estimated that exports among the 26 Tripartite countries increased from US$7 billion in 2000 to US$ 27 billion in 2008 and imports grew from US$ 9 billion to US$ 32 billion in 2008. This trade increase was in large measure spurred by the FTA initiatives of COMESA, EAC and SADC.