Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mauritius Africa Turkey

CABINET DECISIONS – 29 AUGUST 2008

Mauritius has taken note of the outcome of the mission of the Acting Prime Minister to Turkey from 18 to 20 August 2008, where he participated in the First Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit.

Turkey hosted the Summit within its strategy of building partnership with other parts of the world and further reinforcing its relations with Africa. The main objectives of the Summit were to lay down the foundation for promoting partnership between Turkey and Africa, to create and maintain a favourable climate for business contacts and trade, to promote the transfer of technology, technical assistance, capacity building and sharing of experiences and best practices and to assist in the implementation of development projects using local resources.

The Summit adopted the “Istanbul Declaration of Africa -Turkey Partnership” and the “Framework of Cooperation for Africa - Turkey Partnership”.

In the margins of the meeting, the Acting Prime Minister met HE Mr Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey, who agreed to extend assistance to Mauritius, particularly through the Turkish International Cooperation with Africa (TICA), in the fields of tourism, health, education and agriculture, including training of experts. The Acting Prime Minister sought Turkey’s assistance for strengthening small and medium enterprises, the award of scholarships in fields of priority, and for an expeditious agreement on the Double Taxation Agreements.

The Acting Prime Minister also met the Honorary Consul of Turkey, Mr Levant Soylu, with whom cooperation in economic, social and cultural fields was evoked.