The inaugural Ministerial Session of the Mauritius-Kenya Joint Commission for Cooperation was held on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at the Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Hotel in Trou aux Biches.
The meeting took place in the side-lines of the State Visit of the President of Kenya to Mauritius, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta.
The working session was chaired by Honourable Nandcoomar Bodha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade from the Mauritian side and co-chaired by H.E. Ambassador Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya.
Minister Nandcoomar Bodha said he was delighted that the Ministerial Session of the Joint Commission was taking place in the context of the historical visit of the President of Kenya to Mauritius. “We are going to open a new chapter in the relations between our two countries” he stated.
The Ministerial Session of the Joint Commission follows on the Senior Officials meeting that took place in Nairobi in August 2018.
Mauritius and Kenya agreed to set up a Joint Commission for Cooperation in 2017 and identified a number of areas for deepening and broadening bilateral exchanges and strengthening economic, political and cultural ties.
The Ministerial Session of the Joint Commission took note of progress made to finalise the various agreements of bilateral cooperation that would be signed in the presence of Prime Minister Honourable Pravind Jugnauth and President Uhuru Kenyatta. These are: An MOU to develop Special Economic Zones and Export Processing Zones in Kenya; a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement; an Investments Protection and Promotion Agreement; an MOU in the field of tourism; an MOU for cooperation in higher education and scientific research; and an MOU for cooperation in arts and culture.
In addition, the Ministerial Session of the Joint Commission concluded that substantial work has been done in view of the signing of agreements with regards to mutual legal assistance and extradition of prisoners as well as on collaboration between the two countries’ national port authorities.
An agreement between the Mauritius Ports Authority and the Kenya Ports Authority will be signed in Mombasa, Kenya, shortly.
Discussions also took place on the opportunities for exporting refined sugar by Mauritius to Kenya and on standardisation issues regarding Mauritian products entering the Kenyan market.