The National Day of the Republic of Mauritius was celebrated by the Mauritius Embassy in Brussels on Tuesday 12 March 2019. His Excellency Ambassador H. Dillum hosted the celebrations at the Cercle Royale Gaulois with some 150 guests composing of members of the diplomatic corps, high representatives from the European Union, the Government of Belgium, the ACP, prominent public figures in Belgium, Mauritian nationals and students from the Belgium Universities as well as representatives of the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry responded favourably to the invitation.
In his welcoming address, the Ambassador briefly traced the journey travelled by Mauritius since independence in 1968. He explained the economic diversification and the continuous efforts of the Mauritian Governments to improve the prosperity and economic development of Mauritius - Economic progress that is widely recognised by international institutions which have placed Mauritius in the higher ranks on issues such as ease of doing business, human rights index as well as good governance index among others.
Such a progress, he said, would remain unachievable without the continued support and partnership of the close allies of Mauritius such as friendly nations like Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands as well as the European Union and the ACP.
Mr Dillum stressed that the EU’s contribution in the development of Mauritius is outstanding and that Mauritius therefore looks forward to enhancing this relationship and partnership to greater heights.
Finally, H.E. the Ambassador stated that the 51st anniversary of Independence is being celebrated in the aftermath of a landmark Advisory Opinion tendered by the International Court of Justice and he seized the opportunity to thank all States that have supported Mauritius during its long quest for justice.
The Ambassador appealed for the continued support of all States on the matter especially in view of future actions to be envisaged by the Government. The Deputy Ambassador of the US and the representative of the British high Commission were present.
The guests also enjoyed traditional Mauritian dishes prepared by Mauritian diaspora in Belgium.