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AUGUST 2014 – ISSUE 35

DEV CHAMROO

Dev Chamroo, CEO

EDITORIAL

 

Dear Valued Partner

EXPANDED AFRICA STRATEGY. Mauritius is deploying all its political and economic endeavours to strengthen the Regional Economic integration agenda of the Africas. The Hon. Prime Minister of Mauritius, this month, participated in the 34th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in Victoria, Zimbabwe and the 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Indian Ocean Commission in Moroni, Comoros, to reaffirm our commitment to the Region.

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QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIRMAN

ON THE AFRICA STRATEGY

  1. Why is it important for Mauritius to have a strategy for Africa?
  2. The African continent is often termed as a very difficult environment for doing business. What are your views about it?
  3. The term “Africa strategy” for Mauritius was highlighted in the 2012 budget speech. Could you comment on how much progress has been accomplished since?
  4. It has been said that Mauritius should become a transfer hub like Dubai in the middle East or Singapore in Southeast Asia. What are challenges in the way to attain this goal?

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Louis Amédée Darga, Chairman

MAITEX 2014 – Highlights

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The 3rd Edition of MAITEX has been a success compared to the previous editions which were organized in 2012 & 2013. This year, we have combined Éclat Tropical and Rum Festival under one roof. Consequently, this has given a great impact on the different aspects of MAITEX 2014 on the economy.

This year’s edition had attracted more than 325 buyers from 31 countries. We had received buyers as far as from Niger who have placed substantial orders.

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EXPORTERS AWARD – WINNERS 2014

(From left to right) Mr Sanjeev Parmessa (Project coordinator of SP Fruital (Mtius) Ltd, Gold winner, First-time Exporter Category), Mr Dhiraj Balgobin (Chariman of the Adjudicating Panel), Mrs Asha Burrenchobay (Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection), Mr Iqbal Maghoo (Director of Sheentex Ltd, Gold winner, Small Enterprise Category), Mr Emmanuel Tsang Mang Kin (, Director of Ferney Spinning Mills Ltd, Gold winner, Large Enterprise Category), Mr Mushtaq Sooltangos (General Manager of Ferney Spinning Mills Ltd, Silver winner, Large Exporter Category), Mr Amedée Darga (Chairman of Enterprise Mauritius), Mrs Vinah Ganoo (Director of Flora Marketing Ltd, Silver winner, Small Enterprise Category), Mr Ramacresnah Gengudu (Director of RKY & Co Ltd, Silver winner, Medium Exporter Category), Mr Eddy Yeung (Adjudicating Panel Member), Mr Jean-Maxi Simonet (Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Business, Enterprise and Cooperatives), Mr Graeme Robertson (Director of Vita Rice Ltd, Silver Winner in the First-time Exporter Category), Mr Dev Chamroo (CEO of Enterprise Mauritius), Mr Jocelyn Fanchette and Mr Iqbal Mohungoo (Director of Meaders Feed and Sales Manager of Meaders Feed, Gold winner, Large Exporter Category) and Mr Hans Herchenroder (Adjudicating Panel Member)

ECLAT TROPICAL 5

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Enterprise Mauritius organized the Fifth edition of Eclat Tropical as an integral part of the  Mauritius International Exhibition 2014 (MAITEX2014) from the 21st to the 24th August 2014 at Swami Vivekananda International Conference Conventions Centre, Pailles.

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RUMFEST MAURITIUS 2014

Enterprise Mauritius organized the 3rd edition of the Mauritius Rum Festival from 21 to 24 Aug 2014 in connection with MAITEX 2014. As for the previous editions of the Mauritius Rum Festival, we had the privilege to have in our midst Mr. Ian Burrell, the global rum ambassador who has always been by our side to increase the visibility of Mauritius rums on the international scene. Last year, the presence of Ian Burrell during the inaugural Mauritius Rum Festival created a very positive impact on Mauritius through press coverage and articles in international spirits publications.

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WORKSHOP “MAURITIUS OFFERING”

 

Enterprise Mauritius organized “The Mauritius Offering” workshop in the context of MAITEX on Friday 22nd August 2014 for its International buyers and local economic operators. The objective was to promote Mauritius as a business hub for investment and trade. The interactive workshop covered the following sessions:

  • Global Business Centre and Financial Sector in Mauritius
  • Investment Opportunities in and from Mauritius
  • Mauritius, the ICT Hub for Africa
  • Doing your International Arbitration in Mauritius

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MoU between Aadicon, Mauritius and AFRISA, Uganda

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MAKERE

The agreement supports the aim of Aadicon in promoting better health and wealth through animal and crop agricultural sectors and other strategic resource services in the region, advancing organic farming through bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and production of other microbes of agriculturally important.

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IZMIR FAIR 2014

Snapshot of the opening ceremony in IZMIR

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A detailed overview of the event will be covered in our next edition

TEXTILE EVENTS

Mauritian Textile and Apparel Manufacturers strengthen their presence in Milan and Paris

The European Economic Forecast (Spring 2014) projects real GDP to continue recovering in most major economies of the Eurozone and it is expected that the power of purchase will show recovery signs into 2015. Exports of Textile and Apparel to Italy amounted to Rs 506mn in 2013 compared to Rs 346mn in 2012 while for France, it was Rs 3.2bn in 2013 as opposed to Rs 3.7bn in 2012. Amidst this slow recovery and the European markets being crucial for our Mauritian textile and apparel exports, Enterprise Mauritius is organising a Contact Promotion Programme (CPP) in Milano, Italy and renewing its participation in Zoom by Fatex in Paris, France.

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Exchange Programme with ZimTrade

ZimTrade, the Trade Promotion Organisation of Zimbabwe had delegated two Zimtrade Trade Officers, namely Mrs.Vuyiswa Mafu, Trade Development & Promotion Manager and Mr. Admire Jongwe, Market Advisor to Enterprise Mauritius for a period of two weeks to get exposure, learn about organising events such as the Mauritius International Trade Expo (MAITEX) and other overseas promotional activities being implemented by EM.

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