Inauguration of Agalega’s Airstrip and Jetty Boosts India-Mauritius Cooperation: PM Modi

In just 10 years, the bond between India and Mauritius has reached an "unprecedented momentum," according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Mauritius is a vital partner in India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, and the two nations have reached new heights in their cooperation. During the virtual inauguration of the new Airstrip and St James Jetty, along with six community development projects at Agalega Island, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of Mauritius as a partner and the significance of today’s inauguration in advancing bilateral cooperation and strengthening Mauritius’ blue economy.

Prime Minister Modi expressed his satisfaction in witnessing the fulfillment of the commitment he made in 2015 to the development of the people of Agalega. He highlighted the vibrant and unique partnership between India and Mauritius, stating that the frequent meetings between him and Prime Minister Jugnauth in the past six months serve as proof of the deepening relationship. As members of the Global South, the two nations share common priorities.

The past decade has witnessed remarkable progress in the relationship between India and Mauritius, with cultural and historical ties being strengthened. Prime Minister Modi mentioned the provision of modern digital connectivity through initiatives like UPI and Rupay Card. Development partnership has been a significant pillar of their political relations.

The development partnership between India and Mauritius is based on the priorities of Mauritius, and India has always respected and fulfilled the aspirations of its partner. India has been a first responder to Mauritius’ needs, whether it is regarding EEZ security or health security. Over the past 10 years, India has provided a credit line of around USD 1 billion and aid worth USD 400 million. From metro line development to community development projects, India has contributed to various infrastructure projects in Mauritius.

Prime Minister Modi emphasized the significance of today’s inauguration in fulfilling his commitment to the development of the people of Agalega. The projects inaugurated today will enhance ease of living, improve connectivity within Mauritius, and strengthen administrative connections with the mainland. The facilities will also improve medical evacuation and transportation of school children.

The Indian Ocean region faces both traditional and non-traditional challenges that affect the economies of India and Mauritius. Prime Minister Modi highlighted the natural partnership between the two nations in maritime security to address these challenges. Cooperation includes monitoring of the Exclusive Economic Zone, joint patrolling, hydrography, and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief.

Prime Minister Modi commended Mauritius for joining India’s Jan Aushadhi initiative and establishing Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the country. Mauritius is the first country to join this initiative, which aims to provide better quality, Made-in-India generic medicines to the people of Mauritius.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Prime Minister Jugnauth for his far-sighted vision and dynamic leadership, expressing confidence that the relations between India and Mauritius will continue to reach new heights.

Tarah Nguyen