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                                Mauritius would lead one of the eight technical groups established by the Council, namely on Logistics and Connectivity in Africa
                            
                            
                                                
                            
                                                            PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, January 20, 2022/APO Group/ --
                                                        
                            The President of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Mr. Guillaume Hugnin, and the Vice President of the Business Council of Africa, as well as the President of the Business Council of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Mr. Mr. Marday Venkatasamy paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building, Port Louis, this afternoon.



The objective of the meeting was to evaluate the Prime Minister on the latest developments related to trade with the African continent through the Africa Business Council.

The Africa Business Council is an independent private sector institution of the African Union, and the main body for the promotion and lobbying of pan-African business interests, with membership open to national, regional and continental private sector organisations/associations.  At its General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt, on November 12, 2021, Mr. Marday Venkatasamy was elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the first Executive Board, and the election was preceded by the adoption of the constitution of the Business Council of Africa.

In a statement following the courtesy call, Mr. Venkatasamy said that he had announced to the Prime Minister that an agreement was signed this morning between the MCCI and the Africa Business Council to host one of the Council's three Regional Offices.  The other two offices of the Africa Business Council are in Kenya and Nigeria.  This initiative, underlined Mr. Venkatasamy, would increase the visibility of Mauritius in Africa.  He also informed the Prime Minister that Mauritius would lead one of the eight technical groups established by the Council, namely on Logistics and Connectivity in Africa.

In addition, the Prime Minister was briefed on the commemoration of Africa Business Day, celebrated on January 20, by the Council and business communities across the continent.  The event, under the theme 'From Cairo to the Cape, from Lagos to Mombasa and from Dakar to Dar es Salaam for the economic empowerment of the African private sector, the implementation and popularization of the African Continental Free Trade Area, boosting our intra-African trade and promoting Made in Africa Products', is marked by the lighting of the Africa Trade Torch in Cairo, Egypt, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and in Abuja, Nigeria.

For his part, Mr. Hugnin recalled that, since independence, Mauritius had good ties with Africa, whether through the African and Malagasy Commune Organization (OCAM) and the Organization of African Unity in the past, the Community of Development of Southern Africa, COMESA and the African Union.  He stated that the MCCI continued to translate political agreements on trade and collaboration through private investment and private sector efforts.

The MCCI president stressed that Mauritius should seize the opportunities in Africa as it was a huge continent and its intra-African trade was around 7%.  He added that the Regional Office of the African Business Council would contribute to closer ties with the continent and would allow addressing issues such as air and sea connectivity with a view to exporting Mauritian products there and encouraging more travel between African nations and the island.
MCCI’s president and the vice president of Africa Business Council call on the Prime Minister

Mauritius would lead one of the eight technical groups established by the Council, namely on Logistics and Connectivity in Africa

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, January 20, 2022/APO Group/ —

The President of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Mr. Guillaume Hugnin, and the Vice President of the Business Council of Africa, as well as the President of the Business Council of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Mr. Mr. Marday Venkatasamy paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, at the New Treasury Building, Port Louis, this afternoon.

The objective of the meeting was to evaluate the Prime Minister on the latest developments related to trade with the African continent through the Africa Business Council.

The Africa Business Council is an independent private sector institution of the African Union, and the main body for the promotion and lobbying of pan-African business interests, with membership open to national, regional and continental private sector organisations/associations. At its General Assembly in Cairo, Egypt, on November 12, 2021, Mr. Marday Venkatasamy was elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the first Executive Board, and the election was preceded by the adoption of the constitution of the Business Council of Africa.

In a statement following the courtesy call, Mr. Venkatasamy said that he had announced to the Prime Minister that an agreement was signed this morning between the MCCI and the Africa Business Council to host one of the Council’s three Regional Offices. The other two offices of the Africa Business Council are in Kenya and Nigeria. This initiative, underlined Mr. Venkatasamy, would increase the visibility of Mauritius in Africa. He also informed the Prime Minister that Mauritius would lead one of the eight technical groups established by the Council, namely on Logistics and Connectivity in Africa.

In addition, the Prime Minister was briefed on the commemoration of Africa Business Day, celebrated on January 20, by the Council and business communities across the continent. The event, under the theme ‘From Cairo to the Cape, from Lagos to Mombasa and from Dakar to Dar es Salaam for the economic empowerment of the African private sector, the implementation and popularization of the African Continental Free Trade Area, boosting our intra-African trade and promoting Made in Africa Products’, is marked by the lighting of the Africa Trade Torch in Cairo, Egypt, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and in Abuja, Nigeria.

For his part, Mr. Hugnin recalled that, since independence, Mauritius had good ties with Africa, whether through the African and Malagasy Commune Organization (OCAM) and the Organization of African Unity in the past, the Community of Development of Southern Africa, COMESA and the African Union. He stated that the MCCI continued to translate political agreements on trade and collaboration through private investment and private sector efforts.

The MCCI president stressed that Mauritius should seize the opportunities in Africa as it was a huge continent and its intra-African trade was around 7%. He added that the Regional Office of the African Business Council would contribute to closer ties with the continent and would allow addressing issues such as air and sea connectivity with a view to exporting Mauritian products there and encouraging more travel between African nations and the island.

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