On the third day of his official visit, Monday, the President of Singapore, S R Nathan kept a busy schedule. Speaking at the banquet hosted in his honour by Prime Minister Dr Navin Ramgoolam and his wife Veena, he highlighted the similarities between the two nations.
As hubs of their respective regions, Singapore and Mauritius have a “natural synergy” that they can leverage for mutual benefit, Nathan said at the SVICC. He highlighted the growing interest in the continent’s “vast untapped potential”, specifically among Singapore businessmen. He began the day by attending the Mauritius-Singapore business meet at Le Meridien Hotel.
The Singapore Business Federation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Board of Investment and a second one with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The meeting, organised by the Board of Investment in collaboration with the Joint Economic Council, was attended by finance minister Pravind Jugnauth.
At noon, the whole Singaporean delegation arrived at Grand Bassin. After prayers, they left for Le Bois Chéri restaurant for lunch, hosted by the minister of Foreign Affairs, Arvin Boolell.
In the afternoon he received chief judge Bernard Sik Yuen and Opposition leader Paul Bérenger at the Royal Palm Hotel.