This was declared President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed, during a meeting with the delegation of Mauritius yesterday. The archipelago would also benefit from the expertise in different areas of Mauritius to diversify its economy.
The Maldives are facing an increased lack of skills to meet their needs in different sectors. Currently, there are about 150,000 expatriates working in the archipelago, including 58 doctors in hospitals. To survive, the country wants to benefit from the expertise of Mauritius.
"This year marks the 22th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Mauritius. The visit of Deputy Prime Minister will allow us to strengthen our relationships and develop new partnerships, "said the Mauritian Mohamed Waheed. He added: "We want to encourage our youth to acquire technical skills, we need to create jobs for our girls who often have to stay home after their studies. We hope that Mauritius can help us. '
In a first step, a fifty high school teachers will be recruited. Mauritian doctors and nurses will also have opportunities in the near future. A joint committee will soon be set up to continue work on the partnership between the two islands.
The Minister of Finance has invited the Commission to integrate Maldives in the Indian Ocean to enjoy certain facilities. Once again, the issue of air access was discussed. "We have a lot in common and we can share our experiences. But the most important point is air access, "said Xavier-Luc Duval.
President Waheed has heard the desire of the private company Mega Maldives to operate a flight triangular China-Maldives-Mauritius. To get to the Maldives must now pass through Dubai, making a total journey of about 12 hours, not counting stops, while a direct flight Maurice Maldives take 4 hours. "Such a flight could allow us to share the tourism market," suggested Xavier-Luc Duval.
In addition, the Minister of Finance said that Mauritius is ready to share its expertise in the field of financial services. "On the other hand, we want to learn from your environmental management. Your experience in desalination particular interest to us. In Mauritius, it is only now that we encourage hotels to engage in this process. '
Meanwhile, tourism officials had working sessions with their counterparts in Maldives. Robert Desvaux, President of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, urged the Maldives to be part of the organization Vanilla Islands.
This proposal seems like the Maldivian authorities that their response will, however, in a few weeks time to consult all stakeholders on the issue. "This concept works very well ... The arrival of a major player like you could benefit everyone. We can offer such as the Maldives and Mauritius as a beach destination destination shopping by selling a single product, "said Robert Desvaux.
Reacting to the proposal, Jamal Mohamed Maleeh, Vice Minister of Tourism, said finding the idea quite interesting. "The future is teamwork. If the Caribbean islands already do, why not us in the Indian Ocean. "Robert Desvaux Maldives also invited to attend the first Carnival of the Sea to be held in Mauritius in August.