|Donation of gifts to beneficiaries of four organisations on the occasion of Christmas, Saturday 23 December 2017
It was a marathon day for the President of the Republic, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. The Office of the President took the initiative to organise, during this festive period, visits to members of four organizations which take care of the most needy and the President wanted to meet them to give them gifts. Her tour began around 9:30 am at the Women's Prison of Beau Bassin.<div><br /></div>
<div>In a short speech, Her Excellency made it clear that we need to change our vision on former prisoners, because all religions teach forgiveness. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim also advised the residents to behave well, as behavior matters when the clemency commission reviews their records. Regarding re-integration, she asked the detainees to apply what they learned in prison and to learn from it in order not to relapse.</div>
<div>President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim then went to the Chrysalide Center, Bambous. This institution specializes in detoxification and reintegration of women and the homeless. She presented gifts to children and mothers fighting to get out of street hell and drugs. "Hope is allowed. When there is a will, there is a way. We want no one to fall into this hell and I say it again: you have to know how to forgive, "said Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim.</div>
<div>The President then headed to Pointe-aux-Piments for a lunch with senior citizens. The day ended at around 15:30 with a donation of gifts and provisions to children and beneficiaries of the Dr. Idrice Goomany Treatment Centre, Plaine-Verte.<br /></div>
Global Landscape Forum (GLF), Bonns World Conference Centre, Germany, 19 December 2017
As an expert in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, President Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim gave a keynote speech at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn, Germany. The forum was held in the presence of luminaries and GLF core partners. Watch Her Excellency's address <a href="https://youtu.be/MQj7YQ7pZOw">here</a>.
The International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), December 7-8, OECD Conference Centre, Paris
In the context of the 1st edition of the Paris Conference, President Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim participated in a panel discussion on the theme: "How to finance the economic emergence in the French-speaking world?". This panel, which took place in the conference room of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), was organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas (FEIA), in collaboration with the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) on the theme "Rethinking Globalization". Read the full speech of Her Excellency the President <a href="/English/Speeches/Documents/2017/December/Speech%2008.12.17%20Comment%20Financer%20L%27Emergence.pdf">here</a>
3rd Edition of the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit-MARS 2017
As part of the “Merck STEM Program for Women and Youth”, the third edition of the UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit - MARS 2017 was held in Mauritius with the aim to empower Women and Youth in Research under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc. The summit attracted about 200 African Researchers representing the whole continent and hosted two ministerial panel discussions with the participation of over 30 African Ministers of Science, Education, Gender and Health, on better harmonisation of life science research between the different ministries in the public sector. <a href="https://youtu.be/X7L7nY-6fXE">Watch here</a>
Presidential Lecture on Blockchain Technologies by Mr. Julius Akinyemi and Ms. Sandra Ro, State House, Le Réduit, 17 November 2017.
In collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America, Mr Julius Akinyemi, Founder/CEO of UWINCorp Inc. and Ms Sandra Ro, Managing Partner/COO of UWINCorp Inc, were invited to give a lecture on the theme, Unleashing the Wealth with Blockchain Technology for Economic Development". They were at the State House, in Réduit, on 17 November 2017, in the presence of Her Excellency, the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, and other personalities.
Meeting with Heads of Religious Bodies and Representatives, State House, Réduit.
Meeting with Heads of Religious Bodies, Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK, PhD, DSc, in her speech has requested the collaboration of all in preserving our national unity and fight against intolerance. She also stated that each individual should be valued irrespective of their caste, religion, race, sex or social background and every individual should respect others. Members of the religious council have stressed on their cooperation with the presidency to maintain peace and harmony. The meeting was broadcasted live <a href="https://www.facebook.com/statehousemauritius/videos/1773710439600616/">here</a>
Global Business Forum on Africa, 1-2 November 2017, Dubai
The 4th Global Business Forum on Africa was set to welcome five African heads of state, 12 ministers, and more than 1,000 top-level government and corporate decision-makers and industry experts on November 1st and 2nd, 2017, in Dubai. The forum, organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was held under the theme “Next Generation Africa.” The two-day event examined the current economic outlook for the continent, and explored prospects for its development, as well as investment opportunities and the potential for forging partnerships between African businesses and their UAE counterparts.<div><br /></div>
<div>The event brought together high-profile attendees such as H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; H.E. Danny Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles; H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius; and H.E. Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia; along with a long list of ministers, senior government officials, young African entrepreneurs, economic and industry experts.</div>
State Visit by His Excellency Mr. Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles, 26 October 2017
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, H.E Mr. Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, arrived on a four-day State Visit to Mauritius on 26th October 2017. After a welcome ceremony, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, accompanied by a delegation, proceeded to the State House, Le Réduit, for a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc.
ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, 22 October 2017, Geneva
The Global Commission on the Future of Work wrapped up its first meeting on Sunday 22 October following an in-depth discussion of the main forces shaping the world of work, and the opportunities to be leveraged and challenges to be addressed for a future of work with social justice to be secured.<div><br /></div>
<div><div>The 28 member Commission looked at the so-called “mega drivers of change” – technology, demography, climate change and globalization – and also focused on a number of more specific issues, including the changing role of women in the workforce, the importance of education and skills, the relationships between poverty, inequality and informality in the world of work, the prospects for youth, the role of businesses, employers and trade unions, and the evolving values and preferences in societies that will have an impact on the world of work. </div></div>
<div>Co-Chair President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim stated that: “The globalized world that we are living in calls for a global solidarity for addressing those issues which are no longer regional, no longer national but of global nature.” Co-Chair Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of Sweden commented that, “We’re talking about the need for a global economy that works for everybody, not just for a few.” <br /></div>
Technology and Development in Africa Innovation for Sustainable Growth, 18 October 2017, Chatham House, London
Under the initiative of the Africa Programme, the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency, Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, was at the Chatham House in London on 18 October 2017. She discussed the role of technology in driving forward development in Africa, and what can be done to overcome the hurdles that innovators face. Read the Africa Programme Meeting transcript <a href="/English/PublishingImages/October%202017/Transcript%20-%20Technology%20and%20Development%20in%20Africa%20-%20Innovation%20for%20Sustainable%20Growth.pdf">here</a>.
Celebrations of Divali and Ganesh Chaturthi, 16 October 2017, Chinese Culture House, Baie du Tombeau
As part of her initiatives to promote national unity, Her Excellency, Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, in collaboration with The Federation of Chinese Societies, hosted a cultural programme for the celebrations of Divali and Ganesh Chaturthi at the Chinese Culture House at Baie du Tombeau on Monday 16th October 2017. The event was held in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, G.O.S.K, Vice President Republic of Mauritius, various heads of religious bodies and Lady Sarojini Jugnauth. Children from various shelters and associations were also invited and they proposed some musical items on this occasion. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/statehousemauritius/videos/1762468870724773/">Watch Here</a><div><br /></div>
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.”