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India President Visits The Aapravasi Ghat And Intercontinental Slavery Museum Before Leaving The Country Yesterday

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Yesterday, the President of the Republic of India, Shrimati Droupadi Murmu, visited two historic sites namely, the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site and the Intercontinental Slavery Museum, in Port Louis.

The Indian President, subsequently, explored the exhibition on the experiences of indentured labourers, who mostly hailed from India, at the immigration depot, showcased in the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre. Mrs Murmu also paid a floral tribute to the indentured labourers whose contributions have been instrumental in the development of Mauritius.

Indian President Visits The Aapravasi Ghat

Following the signing of the visitors’ book, President Murmu proceeded to the Intercontinental Slavery Musuem (ISM), where she met the Chairperson, ISM, Mr Jean-Maxy Simonet. The Indian President effected a guided tour in this site of conscience and took cognisance of the history of slavery in Mauritius.

The President of the Republic of India, Shrimati Droupadi Murmu, along with her delegation as well as the Mauritian Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, and several Ministers, participated in a Delegation Level Meeting, early yesterday morning, at the Sri Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall in Port-Louis.

Indian President Visits The Aapravasi Ghat

Following the Meeting, President Murmu and Prime Minister Jugnauth jointly proceeded with the e-Inauguration of 14 Small Development Projects funded by the Government of India and e-Unveiled the Foundation Stone for the New Forensic Science Laboratory.

The 14 Small Development Projects that were e-Inaugurated are namely: Mini Soccer Pitches at Cité La Cure, Mare D’Australia, Trois Boutiques, L’Avenir, Shelter at L’Aventure and Petit Raffray; Extension of Old Moka Village Hall; Mini Soccer Pitch and Recreational Centre at Residence Firinga; Alma Sub Hall; Britannia Petanque Court; Green Space at Gangadhar Lane, Palma; Outdoor Gym, Jogging Track and Petanque Court at Morcellement Savannah, Camp Diable.

Indian President Visits The Aapravasi Ghat

Four Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were also exchanged on the occasion. These are:

  • MoU between International Financial Services Centres Authority and Financial Services Commission of Mauritius;
  • MoU between the Public Service Commissions of Mauritius and India;
  • Protocol to amend the India-Mauritius Double Tax Avoidance Agreement to make compliant with the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Standards; and
  • MoU between the Central Bureau of Investigation of India and the Independent Commission Against Corruption of Mauritius.

Also during the day, yesterday, the President of the Republic of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu, accompanied by the Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Mr Alan Ganoo, takes the Metro to the Mahatma Gandhi Metro Station

The President of the Republic of India, Shrimati Droupadi Murmu, left the country, yesterday. She was seen off at the State Lounge of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport by the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and Mrs Kobita Jugnauth.

Indian President Visits The Aapravasi Ghat

Various eminent personalities were also in attendance including the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Land Use Planning, Minister of Tourism, Mr Louis Steven Obeegadoo , the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Maneesh Gobin, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Jagutpal. The Chief Justice and the Speaker of the National Assembly were also present.

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