Published On:Wednesday, 20 April 2016
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Mauritius president calls for boosting bilateral relations

Mauritius president calls for boosting bilateral relations

KARACHI: Mauritius President Dr Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim has emphasised the need for strengthening bilateral ties in diverse areas including education, health, tourism and trade.
She was speaking in an informal talk session held in Prof Dr Saleemuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, Institute Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) University of Karachi (KU) on Tuesday. The session was moderated by former Higher Education Commission chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rahman.
"I am proud to be a part of Pakistani academia at International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS). This institution is like a family to me, where I spent my academic days as a research student," she said. The Mauritius government would also like to have mutual education and research training programmes, she added.
In the session, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqi, KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, ICCBS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, HEJ Foundation Chairman Aziz Latif Jamal, Memorial Trust Nadira Panjwani Chairperson Dr Punjwani, Mauritius officials, students and many other dignitaries were also present.
The Mauritius president said that she was going to hold a meeting with the business community of Pakistan as her country wants to expand economic ties with Pakistan.
She warmly endorsed the suggestions of Prof Attaur Rahman that Pakistan and Mauritius should make some mutual agreements regarding faculty and students exchange programmes, sharing live interactive video lectures and languages courses.
She said that Mauritius was seeking new ways of collaboration with Pakistan not only on the trade side but also in research, development and education sectors.
To a query about the economy of Mauritius, she said that Mauritius had developed from a low-income, agriculture-based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors.
"Sugarcane industry owns a significant role in the Mauritian economy; it represents around 90 percent of the arable land in Mauritius," she said. She declared some issues like scarcity of skilled human resources, bolstering resilience to natural disasters and climate change pose a severe threat to Mauritius.
She lauded the quality of Pakistani educational institutions, especially University of Karachi. The visiting dignitary thanked University of Karachi for the warm welcome.
Later, Prof Attaur Rahman thanked the Mauritius president, saying this was the first time in the history of ICCBS that a foreign country's head was visiting this institution. The visiting president and her delegation were also presented souvenirs and Ajrak.
After the session, the Mauritius president along with her delegation paid a visit to different laboratories of the ICCBS.

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