The first Mauritius International Trade Fair (MITF) in Seychelles, which starts today and lasts till April 26, will welcome approximately 120 Mauritian businessmen.

Mauritius’ Commerce and Industry Minister Cader Sayed Hossen, together with executives of Enterprise Mauritius,Board of Investment (BOI), and the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), will lead the delegation.

The island’s premier trade promotion agency, Enterprise Mauritius, as well as the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (Senpa) have worked together to organize this first time event, to be held at the EX SMB Hall of Roche Caïman in Seychelles.

The event will be divided into two sections: an investment forum jointly organized by the BOI and the Seychelles Chamber of Trade and Industry; and an exhibition-cum-sales event organised by Enterprise Mauritius in association with Senpa.

With regard to the exhibition-cum-sales event, more than 50 Mauritian companies, including four from Rodrigues Island, will showcase their products and services toSeychellois buyers and businessmen.

These Mauritian companies will come from various sectors:13 companies from textile; seven companies from light engineering; 11 companies from agro; four companies from furniture; two companies from footwear; five companies from handicraft; three from paper, printing and publishing; two from paint and chemicals, seven from jewellery; and one from the services sector.

This event is a unique opportunity to discover and savour the full flavour of the islandeconomy, through the display of a wide range of products and services from Mauritius, covering apparel, jewellery, household linen, food items, construction materials, paints, soap and detergents items, footwear, garment and fashion.

Furthermore, aBusiness to Business platform is planned, to offer Mauritian and Seychellois businessmen the opportunity to create lasting partnerships.

This fair follows the state visit of Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam to Seychelles in 2012 during which he met Seychelles President James Michel and the two mutually agreed to organise the Mauritius-Seychelles Bilateral Trade and Investment Forum.

Image (Indian Ocean): More than 50 Mauritian companies, including four from Rodrigues Island, will showcase their products and services to Seychellois buyers and businessmen.

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