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Need to boost trade ties with Mauritius stressed

Need to boost trade ties with Mauritius stressed

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and President of Mauritius Dr Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim agreed here on Monday to strengthen bilateral ties in the fields of education, health and trade.

During a meeting held at the Aiwan-i-Sadr, the two sides emphasised close collaboration for the mutual benefit of their countries.

President Hussain said that Pakistan gave priority to its relations with Mauritius.

He said that the current volume of trade between Pakistan and Mauritius did not match their true potential and emphasised a free trade agreement between the two countries to enhance business activity.

Mr Hussain called for establishing air links between Pakistan and Mauritius for promotion of trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

He observed that Pakistan was contributing significantly to the financial sector of Mauritius and mentioned that three branches of a Pakistani bank were already working in Mauritius.

Besides, he said, Pakistani doctors were providing free medical services at some hospitals in Mauritius.

He welcomed the training of Mauritian students at Pakistani educational institutions in fields of medicine, engineering and pharmacy.

He said that Pakistan and Mauritius held unanimity of views on several international matters.

President Firdaus proposed holding of a Pakistan Week in Mauritius and holding of exhibitions for promotion of Pakistani goods and culture.

The Mauritius leader, who is a biodiversity scientist, lauded the quality of Pakistani educational institutions, especially the Hussain Jamal Ibrahim Institute of Chemistry.

She invited President Hussain to visit Mauritius, which he accepted.

Published in Dawn, April 19th, 2016

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