Brussels, 2 May 2019 : Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica is on an official visit to the Republic of Mauritius, where he met Prime Minister Jugnauth and various Members of the Government.

On this occasion, he announced a €7.9 million contribution to support the country’s priority to address unemployment and build an innovative Mauritius.

Commissioner Neven Mimica said: “The EU has a long-standing relationship with Mauritius, which we believe has made a difference in the country’s development success story. We stand ready to further support Mauritius and today’s €7.9 million programme shows our commitment. It will support employability, education and innovation, and will contribute to the Africa-Europe Alliance ultimate goal of creating sustainable jobs”.

[….] The €7.9 million programme signed with Mauritius today aims at:

  • Improving the relevance of post-secondary and vocational training education in Mauritius to allow more young people from vulnerable groups to study.
  • Enhancing applied research and innovation capacity by enabling collaboration between academia and industry. In particular, the programme will support the development of nanotechnology research. This should encourage further private investment and trigger the creation of high added-value jobs.

Commissioner Mimica also met the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Commission, Hamada Madi, with whom he signed a €28 million regional programme to improve port security and safe navigation in the region.

Read the original press release in European Commission site  or in the EU Delegation to Mauritius