|Garden Party 2018, State House, Le Réduit, 13 March 2018
After the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Independence and 26th anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius, the President of the Republic, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, received several guests at the State House for the traditional Garden Party this Tuesday, March 13.<div><br /></div>
<div>This reception allowed the Head of State to greet the many guests present. Some guests have, as usual, seized the opportunity to be photographed with the President of the Republic. "Mo espere ki sa elan de solidarite et de patriotisme pou contiyne pu ki nu retrouve lile moris dans 50ans cot vraiment nune construire enn peuple morisien," she said in a statement to the press.<br /></div>
Launching of the book "From Le Réduit to the State House" and "Du Réduit a la State House", 07 March 2018, The State House, Le Réduit
Launching of the book "From Le Réduit to the State House" and "Du Réduit a la State House" by Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K, C.S.K, PhD, DSc, President of Mauritius, at the State House, Le Réduit, on 07 March 2018. The book highlights the legacy of Le Réduit gardens to the amazing field of botany and also gives an overview of the garden's unique flora.
Reception in Honour of the Laureates of the HSC Examinations 2017, State House, Le Réduit, 1st March 2018
A reception in honour of the Laureates of the H.S.C Examinations 2017 was held at the State House, Le Réduit, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, The Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun.
Talk by Sir Partha Dasgupta & UK Alumni Awards, State House, Le Réduit, 20 February 2018
Sir Partha Dasgupta, FBA,FRS, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, UK, was invited by the Office of the President at the State House, Le Réduit, to give a talk on the theme “Measuring the Wealth of Nations”. The event was followed by the first UK Alumni Awards ceremony organised in Mauritius in collaboration with the British High Commission and the British Council. The two winners were Vashil Jasgray and Neelam Ramsaran-Jogeea in the categories 'Social Impact Award' and 'Professional Achievement Award'. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/statehousemauritius/videos/1815464278758565/">Watch here</a>
Her Excellency the President to be the Principal Guest of Honour at the 7th edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF)
Her Excellency, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K, C.S.K, PhD, DSc, President of Mauritius, has been chosen as the Principal Guest of Honour at the seventh edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) in Sharjah.<div><br /></div>
<div>The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on March 28-29 2018 at Expo Centre Sharjah.</div>
<div>Her Excellency was chosen “recognising her ability to successfully deploy communication, effectively disseminate her messages to the public and win the country’s presidency”, the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGBM) said.</div>
<div>Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, a biodiversity scientist by training, is the first Muslim woman to be elected the leader of an African republic and president of Mauritius, a set of islands in the Indian Ocean home to around 1.3 million people.</div>
<div>She said: “I would like to thank Dr Shaikh Sultanfor his kind invitation and utmost hospitality. It is always a pleasure to visit the UAE. This region of the Middle East has witnessed unprecedented progress and development over the past decades. It is testimony to what vision and leadership can do. It is my first time visiting Sharjah and I am looking forward to discovering it.”</div>
<div>Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, chairman of SMC, said: “We are honoured to have H.E Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim at the IGCF and look forward to hearing her speak about her pioneering experiences in the field of innovative government communication.”</div>
Launching of iamthecode at the Ceridian Learning Centre, 6 February 2018, St. Jean Road, Quatre Bornes
The President of the Republic, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K, C.S.K, PhD, DSc, launched the first ever hackathon in Mauritius. This activity, jointly organized by the Presidency of the Republic, Ceridian and iamtheCode, brought together some one hundred students from Loretto College of Quatre-Bornes, Queen Elizabeth College and College du Saint-Esprit.
The Prince of Wales, Crop Trust Global Patron, hosted a reception on the theme of ‘Food Forever – Actions for a Resilient Food System’ at Clarence House, London on Tuesday, 30th January 2018
Her Excellency The President of the Republic, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K, C.S.K, PhD, DSc, is the chairperson of the Food4ever initiative and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is the Patron of this initiative. (https://www.food4ever.org)<div><br /></div>
<div style="text-align:justify">In this context, HRH The Prince of Wales hosted a reception at the Clarence House, London on Tuesday 30th January 2018. The event was attended by H.E The President, Chair of the Food Forever Initiative, government officials, food and financial sector representatives, farmers, chefs and NGO representatives – all coming together to celebrate the importance and urgency of conserving crop diversity for food and nutritional security around the world.</div>
The President of the Republic, Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was awarded the Order of St. George of. Semperopernball, 26 January 2018
Her Excellency The President of the Republic, Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, <span style="white-space:pre"> </span>G.C.S.K, C.S.K, PhD, DSc, was awarded the Order of St. George of. Semperopernball, from Dresden, Germany.
World Economic Forum 2018: Creation of the African Alliance for STEM (ASA) disciplines, 24 January 2018, Davos
Her Excellency, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, G.C.S.K., C.S.K., PhD., DSc, President of the Republic of Mauritius, has just announced the creation of the African Alliance for STEM (ASA) disciplines, at the annual luncheon organized by the Hinduja Group at the World Economic Forum in Davos.<div><br /><div>Launched with the support of the AfroChampions Initiative, this project aims to strengthen African knowledge and skills in science and technology, engineering and mathematics, to create an ecosystem of technological and industrial players able to accelerate development of Africa.</div>
<div>The ASA will launch three projects. The first priority is to further develop talents and skills in science and engineering. The second priority is to strengthen STIM-based industries in Africa and support their growth through effective public-private partnerships in research and development; in this regard, the objective is to provide young African graduates with opportunities in their home countries to stem the brain drain, while encouraging local innovation for the benefit of African economies. Third, the ASA will serve as a platform to mobilize governments, donors, and multinationals to increase investment in research, centers of expertise, or large industrial projects requiring technical expertise.</div>
<div>For Her Excellency Mrs. Gurib-Fakim, "At the origin of the ASA is a twofold statement: first, we must quickly fill the African gap in scientific and technical, otherwise our continent will no longer be able to compete with other regions of the world; but we must above all capitalize on our successes to date to deploy the sectors of the future. Fintech solutions in Kenya or Nigeria, drug production capacities in South Africa, renewable training centers in Zambia or Burkina Faso are all tangible proof that Africans can succeed in STEM. It is now necessary to have a clear ambition throughout the continent to multiply these initiatives - in order to make Africa attractive again for its young people. "</div>