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Mauritius – Shanghai : Strengthening economic and cultural ties

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Mauritius – Shanghai : Strengthening economic and cultural ties

Encouraging shanghai businesses to establish in Mauritius

On Monday, June 3, 2024, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration, and International Trade, Maneesh Gobin, welcomed Xiao Guiyu, Vice-President of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and his delegation at the ministry.

The delegation’s visit to Mauritius, from June 2 to June 9, 2024, is part of the 3rd edition of Shanghai Week, organized by the Chinatown Foundation. Minister Maneesh Gobin highlighted the longstanding relations between Mauritius and China, which date back over 200 years to the arrival of the first Chinese immigrants from Guangdong province.

The two countries have maintained close relations across various sectors, including culture, tourism, trade, and investment. Economic and commercial cooperation continues to thrive, with Mauritius being the first African country to conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China. Under this FTA, the Minister encourages Shanghai businesses to establish operations in Mauritius, leveraging this strategic export opportunity.

Minister Maneesh Gobin also stressed the importance of re-establishing a direct air link between Mauritius and Shanghai.

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