Mauritius PM meets Indian Navy chief

Discussions focused on strengthening further bilateral ties.

Mauritius: Prime Minister Receives Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy


The Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral R.K. Dhowan paid a courtesy call this morning on the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, GCSK, KCMG, QC, at the Treasury Building in Port Louis. The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun was also present.

Admiral Dhowan was accompanied by a delegation comprised of the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Shri Anup Kumar Mudgal and the Commander of the National Coast Guard, Mr R. Kohli.

Discussions focused on strengthening further bilateral ties and cooperation between Mauritius and India especially in the field of hydrography. Mauritius solicited the technical expertise of the Indian Government to help develop the Ocean economy and make of it a major pillar of the economy given the enormous potential that can be exploited in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Mauritius.

Admiral Dhowan underlined that the strong bilateral relations between Mauritius and India goes far beyond cultural ties and that India has always supported Mauritius by providing assistance in numerous fields. He reiterated partnership projects between the two friendly countries in the field of maritime security.

He also announced that the offshore patrol vessel, CGS Barracuda, which is undergoing final sea trials in India, will be delivered to Mauritius prior to Independence in March.

The Indian delegation also handed over to Prime Minister Jugnauth, a model of the CGS Barracuda and a hydrographic chart of the Port of Port-Louis which has been internationally recognised by the International Hydrographic Organisation.

CGS Barracuda has been financed by a line of credit by the Government of India to the tune of around USD 58 million. The offshore patrol vessel will enhance maritime security in Mauritian waters and conduct anti-piracy operations, anti-smuggling and anti-drug patrols in the Mauritian maritime zones.

Indian Navy Delegation met Vice-Prime Minister Soodhun

Earlier this week, Admiral Dhowan and his delegation met the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Lands, Mr Showkutally Soodhun with whom he discussed the bilateral cooperation between Mauritius and India in the field of hydrography.

Among the topics raised are: the existing agreement between the two countries with focus on a hydrographic survey of the Mauritian exclusive economic zone, and the production of navigation charts; a hydrographic survey of our ports; an exchange of hydrographic information and the holding of courses and seminars so as to provide technical expertise and the necessary equipment for the Hydrographic Unit set up under the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

The training of the Mauritian staff through the National Hydrographic School of India and the deployment of survey vessels in the Mauritian waters were also highlighted.

To date, the Indian Navy has undertaken 26 hydrographic surveys in the Mauritian maritime zones and produced 7 navigations charts.


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