Mauritius - Germany

Diplomatic Relations

Mauritius opened officially an Embassy in Berlin on 26 April 2000. Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Mauritius and the Federal Republic of Germany exist since November 1968.

On 23 September 2015, Dr Kheswar Jankee, presented to H.E Mr Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Letter of Credence accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Mauritius to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Trade and Investment with Germany

Germany is a major trading partner for Mauritius. Our exports of sugar, textiles, fruits, cut flowers and other products have access into the German market under the ACP/EU conventions.

It is however noted that with our imports (mainly machines, fabrics, motor cars, chemical products) Mauritius continues to have a negative trade balance with Germany. In order to correct the trade imbalance, it is necessary to promote our visible trade with Germany as well as attract German investment in various sectors of our economy, including tourism, offshore, financial and services sectors.

Training and Capacity building in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grants a number of scholarships to students from African countries every year. There are no specific quotas for individual African countries, but awards are made through an open competition. Students are strongly advised to consult the website of the DAAD regularly and apply directly.

GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), an agency within the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, is commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to support conference personnel from developing countries. Occasionally representatives from Mauritius are also invited for some courses.

Mauritius-German Association in Germany

The Mauritius-Deutscher Freundschaftskreis e.V. is an association of Mauritians living in Germany and German friends of Mauritius. It has the aim of preserving and promoting Mauritian culture, to assist Mauritians to integrate in Germany and to foster mutual bonds. Further information can be obtained from www.go-mauritius.org.

Air Services Agreement

An Air Services Agreement was signed between Mauritius and the Federal Republic of Germany in 1974. This has regulated flight of aircraft between the two countries and has facilitated travel of some 60,000 tourists from the Federal Republic of Germany every year. Negotiations are ongoing between Mauritian authorities and Germany for amendments in the air services agreement.

Other cooperation areas

We have concluded since 1980, an agreement with Germany regarding technical cooperation. This agreement which is still valid, lays down the basic conditions for technical cooperation between the countries, for carrying out agreed projects. The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has extended its assistance in the following fields, namely training, advisory and research, preparation of plans, studies and reports, secondment of experts such as instructors, advisers, consultants, specialists, scientific and technical personnel, project assistants, supply of material and equipment, training of technical and managerial personnel as well as scientists etc.

DTA's & IPPAs

Mauritius has signed an agreement with Germany in 1971 on the reciprocal protection of investments. A Double Taxation Avoidance agreement was signed in 1980, for the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and on capital and for the encouragement of mutual trade and investment. The DTA has been in existence for almost three decades and negotiations are under way for a new DTA with Germany, based on the OECD model, and which contains more elaborated clauses on tax issues and exchange of information.

   
 
   
 
   
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