Sir Anerood Jugnauth et Paul Bérenger n’en ont pas fini avec la participation de Navin Ramgoolam au World Economic Forum (WEF) de Davos, fin janvier. Hier, lors de la conférence du Remake de 2000, chacun y est allé de sa moquerie, de son ironie, mais aussi de sa critique légitime sur l’utilité du déplacement du Premier ministre en Suisse. [Voir plus bas la partie du communiqué du Conseil des ministres évoquant la participation de Navin Ramgoolam au WEF.]
11. Cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the mission of Dr the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, Prime Minister to Davos where he was invited by Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairperson of the World Economic Forum, to attend the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2014.
The theme of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 was “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business”. The main objective of the Meeting was to challenge long-held assumptions about society, politics and business so as to generate powerful ideas and collaborative spirit needed to manage the future course of world affairs.
In his intervention on the subject of Rethinking Ocean Economies, the Prime Minister explained the vision of Mauritius on the ocean economy. He highlighted that the vast resources of the EEZ of Mauritius, comprising a maritime area of approximately 2.3 million km², were still untapped and expressed his firm belief that the Ocean Economy Roadmap adopted by Government would transform the sense of geography of the people of the country and propel Mauritius from a Middle Income country to a High Income Economy.
The Prime Minister condemned the creation, in 2010, of the Chagos Archipelago marine protected area by the Government of the United Kingdom. He informed that the creation of the marine reserve by the United Kingdom was being challenged by Mauritius at an Arbitral Tribunal set up under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He stressed that the dismemberment of the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, from the Mauritius territory prior to Independence went against the 1960 United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples and United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2066 (XX) of 16 December 1965. He also mentioned of the plight of the Chagossians, emphasizing the violation of their basic human rights by the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister also attended the session on The India Outlook in which the Panelists examined the challenges posed to Indian leaders to accelerate growth and restore investors’ confidence. After the session, he had a meeting with Mr P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance of India on the Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty between Mauritius and India.
The Prime Minister also participated in the session on Making Better Decisions on behavioural economics. Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, congratulated Mauritius, though a small country, for the courage to take ethical decisions based on principles in international fora.
In the margins of the Meeting, the Prime Minister met several Heads of State and Government, as well as Mr Al Gore, former Vice-President of the USA, Mr Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal whom he encouraged to look for investment opportunities in Mauritius.