The European Union (EU) is ready to financially support the Mauritian government in the project to connect the Internet to the Rodrigues from Mauritius by a submarine fiber optic cable. This announcement was made by the EU ambassador to Mauritius, Alessandro Mariani, Monday, Port Louis. The latter gave as a reference the recent connection of the Seychelles to the world through a submarine fiber optic cable financed in part by the EU.
Recall that in his budget speech for the year 2013, the Finance Minister Xavier-Luc Duval announced that until this project is through a satellite connection that Rodrigues should see his Internet from 37 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 155 Mbps. Moreover Mauritius Telecom, through its subsidiary Skyvision, won the contract to supply the additional bandwidth satellite in July 2013.
Alessandro Mariani was speaking at a seminar organized by the EU, to present to operators in the public and private sectors, the various plans of EU funding through the European Investment Bank aimed (EIB) and the French Development Agency (AFD).
The Ambassador hoped that the partnership between the EU and Mauritius is becoming stronger. He added that the fight against poverty is a priority. "We want to provide the best tools to Mauritius and other islands in the Indian Ocean. Thus, we invite you to give your opinions and suggestions, especially to know new areas for development, "he says to the seminar participants.
The conference was an opportunity for including Alessandro Mariani present the recent financing concept which includes not only credit, but also a grant. It is the blending of EU grants and loans for development.
Note that for the period 2008 to 2013, the EU budget reserved for various financing Mauritius, reached the sum of € 318 million, or Rs 12.98 billion. This sum is particularly dedicated to the fight against poverty, the reform of the sugar industry in the sugarcane industry and adaptation to climate change. Moreover, the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund was used to finance a particular project development for the Port Authority.
For his part, Carmelo Cocuzza, director of the regional branch of the European Investment Bank (EIB), indicates that it was released in 2012, € 52 billion for 400 projects in 60 countries. The EIB finances private and public projects as ever, more than 50% of the total. SMEs are financed through commercial bank partners.