The event will be held at the Conference Centre, Grand Baie, also include an International Business Forum where local businessmen and foreign investors will discuss potential projects and partnerships.
The event will be magnificent. The 3rd edition of the World Chinese Conference is also an opportunity to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Mauritius and the People's Republic of China and the centenary of the Chinese Middle School. Approximately 800 delegates, international and local, are expected at this forum.
If the main objective of the international conference is to promote and strengthen our economic and cultural relations with the Chinese diaspora, the Business Forum will, in turn, promote increased trade and economic, and also better position Mauritius as a tourist destination and investment par excellence. Frankie Tang, organizer of the Forum and Business Consultant investments, explains that this event will also benefit from the collaboration of Government of Mauritius and the Chinese Embassy in Mauritius. Mons Tang said that the conference and business forum is open to all Mauritians.
This is an opportunity to discuss the role and contribution of Chinese organizations in the future development in a world of increasingly globalized, and new opportunities for business. The participation fee is Rs Business Forum 2500 per person.
While the conference will be officially opened by the Prime Minister, Dr Navin Ramgoolam, the Business Forum will be launched by the Minister of Finance, Xavier-Luc Duval. Participants will have the opportunity to meet over 300 international businessmen. To emphasize that all Chinese Chambers of Commerce around the world will be represented.
The Forum will focus on the key strengths of the Mauritian destination and Maurice role is to play as a bridge between Asia and Africa. The event will be covered by Chinese television CCTV. Among stakeholders, besides Xavier-Luc Duval, there will also Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Tourism, Michael Sik Yuen, Minister of Arts and Culture, Mookhesswur Choonee. The Director Board of Investment, Ken Poonoosamy, will contribute by focusing its action on 'Mauritius: Gateway to Africa', while Karl Mootoosamy, the MTPA, will highlight our tourism industry.
Promoter Jin Fei will also address the audience. There will be international speakers, such as the presidents of Chinese chambers of commerce in Africa, senior officials of the Chinese government (Ministry of Economy, and also councils of the different provinces of China) and academics from the prestigious University of Beijing. So Mauritians who want to do business with China and expand their network of contacts and at the same time learn about the history and Chinese culture will be well served.
It is April 15, 1972 What was the relationship established between Mauritius and the Republic of China. After 40 years, China has become an important economic partner of Mauritius. Among Chinese leaders who visited the country include Ji Pengfei, Vice Prime Minister (September 1980), Song Ping, a member of the State Council (June 1985), Chen Muhua, Vice-President of the NPC (June 1990), Qian Qichen Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (January 1994), Zhu Rongji, Vice Prime Minister (July 1995), Jiang Chunyun, Vice Prime Minister (March 1997), Li Peng, Chairman of NPC Standing Committee (November 1999), Li Ruihuan , Chairman of NPPCC (April 2001), Tang Jiaxuan, Minister of Foreign Affairs (January 2003) and Hu Jintao, the Chinese President in February 2009. The dignitaries Mauritian official visit to China include Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (April 1972), Gaëtan Duval (May 1973), Sir Anerood Jugnauth, (May 1983, July 1991 and July 2002), Paul Bérenger, (April 1993) Cassam Uteem (June 1994), Prem Nababsing (May 1995), Dr Navin Ramgoolam, and Rajkeswur Purryag, the current President of the Republic.
Maurice enjoys Chinese assistance in many projects. In the past, China has contributed to the stadium at Belle Vue Anjalay and Plaisance airport. The building housing the MBC has also benefited from Chinese assistance. On the other hand, China is financing the construction of the Bagatelle Dam and expansion of the airport. China has also allocated several aid packages to Mauritius for various other projects, including housing.
In addition to the Jin Fei project, other Chinese investments in Mauritius include, among others, the telecommunications company Huawei, based in Ebony, the paper recycling unit Luo Fu From the Tour Koenig and Tian Li Spinning Mills in Belle Rive . Several construction companies also operate in Mauritius, including Sino Hydro, Beijing and China Jiangsu Construction.
Our imports from China were in the range of Rs 18 billion in 2010 and Rs 20 billion in 2011. China is our second largest source of supply, after India. Imports from China for the first quarter of this year amounted to Rs 4.6 billion. In 2010, we have exported products to China for an amount of Rs 223 million and Rs 183 million in 2011. On tourism, they were 7609 Chinese nationals to visit Mauritius in 2010. This figure doubled in 2011, reaching 15.133 Chinese visitors. During the period January to July 2012, we had 11.441 Chinese tourists.