A delegation comprising of the International Affairs Committee (IAC) of the National Assembly headed by the Speaker Hon. Nicholas Prea, travelled on an official visit to Mauritius last week to boost regional partnerships and seek the revival of the ‘Association Parlementaire de la Commission de l’océan Indien’.
The delegation made a visit to the National Assembly of Mauritius and paid a courtesy call to the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Georges Pierre Lesjongard and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Charles Gaetan Xavier-Luc Duval, as well as attending important meetings with the European Union Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indian Ocean Commission. Speaker Prea was accompanied by Members of the IAC, Hon. Jean-Francois Ferrari, Chairperson of the IAC, Hon. Clifford Andre, Vice-Chairperson of the IAC, Hon. Waven William, Hon. John Hoareau, Hon. Flory Larue, Hon. Jude Valmont and Hon. Noline Sophola, Ms. Jutta Alexis, Clerk of the National Assembly, Mrs. Dolores Azemia, Secretary to the IAC, Ms. Samia Lebon, Assistant Secretary to the IAC and Ms. Alexandria Faure, PR, Communications & Protocol Manager.
The visit to the National Assembly of Mauritius included a tour of the Chamber, as well as courtesy calls on the Prime Minister, Hon. Jugnauth, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Lesjongard, and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Duval whereby discussions were held on the plans to strengthen and elevate the relations between the two Parliaments, of which includes exchanges and the establishment of a friendship group to connect Parliamentarians and foster an open platform involving the sharing of experiences and parliamentary best practices.
The meeting with the Indian Ocean Commission was headed by the Secretary General of the Commission, Mr. Hamada Madi Boléro. The delegates reflected on the importance of the Parliaments of the small island states in the region coming together to reinforce their voices on common challenges, such as the impact of Climate Change and certain challenges in regional fishing development. The meeting also involved talks on the prospect of strengthening regional development, especially in the fisheries sector.
The Members also participated in fruitful discussions at a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the presence of Mrs U. C. Dwarka Canabady, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, whereby key areas of common interests were also discussed involving further collaborations that could be explored between the Parliaments of the two countries and of the importance of comparing experiences and best practices between Nations.
Editor’s Note: The International Affairs Committee is a Standing Committee of the National Assembly mandated to work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, other governmental and non-governmental organizations on international affairs, peace, security and defence, as well as contribute thereon as and when necessary; and maintain existing and establish new ties with foreign parliamentary organizations of interest.