Bawumia in Mauritius: Vice President Calls for Partnership in ‘1 District-1 Factory’ Policy

Bawumia in Mauritius: The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, left Ghana on Friday 10th March, 2017, for Mauritius. He was billed to be in the Southern Africa country for 3 days.

Included in the Vice President’s entourage were the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey; Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful; Minister for Business Development, , Ibrahim Awal and the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Reginald Grant.

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First and foremost, Bawumia was invited to be a special guest of honour at Mauritius’ National Day celebration – her 49th Independence Anniversary which was held on March 10. The Vice President then used the opportunity after the national occasion, to engage in some other important activities in the country.

Dr Bawumia later held bilateral talks with the President of Mauritius, Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, alongside the country’s Prime Minister and other government officials. The meeting was aimed at strengthening Ghana’s affiliations with Mauritius.

Bawumia in Mauritius – Sells 1 District-1 Factory Agenda

While in the Southern African country, Vice President Bawumia attended a Breakfast Business Meeting hosted by Mauritius’ Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Hon. Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, in association with the Investment Board.

At the meeting, Dr Bawumia made it known to Mauritian government officials and other business stakeholders present, that the main agenda of the incumbent Ghanaian government is an industrialization drive. He stated that the 0ne district-one factory is the programme government intends to use to achieve the drive; adding that all the 216 districts in Ghana already have raw materials, and only need push up to get value added to the products.

Bawumia in Mauritius
Bawumia in Mauritius

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He then urged Mauritius to partner with Ghana to help the latter achieve the goal; adding that Ghana wants to take advantage of her close relationship with Mauritius to make a major mark in each other’s economies.

“Ghana cannot do it alone, we are in the context of the global economy and need partners; that is why we cherish the South-South cooperation between Ghana and Mauritius so much,” he implored. 

Bawumia also pointed out to his audience that Ghana’s government is committed to building an economy based on production and not taxation; and for this reason, have abolished a lot of taxes. He also assured that import duties on raw material and machinery will all be abolished.

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In response, Hon. Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo commended Ghana for her commitment to business development, and expressed hope that Ghanaian businesses would also invest in Mauritius.

This is Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s first official trip outside the country since after his inauguration as the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. He returned to the country with his entourage on Monday, 13th March, 2017.