Presentation of Credentials to the Swiss Confederation

His Excellency Ambassador Israhyananda Dhalladoo presented his Letters of Credence as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Mauritius, to His Excellency Mr. Johann Schneider-Ammann, President of the Swiss Confederation, in the presence of His Excellency Mr. Walter Thurnherr, Federal Chancellor of the Swiss Confederation, during an Official Ceremony held at the Palais Fédéral in Bern, Switzerland on 01 September 2016.

On this occasion, H.E. Ambassador Dhalladoo stressed that the upgrading of our diplomatic representation in Geneva underlines the keen interest of the Government of Mauritius to consolidate the bilateral relations with Switzerland. He also briefed the President of the Swiss Confederation on the political set up, socio-cultural fabric in Mauritius as well as the socio-economic trajectory that the Government has embarked upon.

H.E. Ambassador Dhalladoo confirmed Government’s intention to boost further our bilateral relations, including trade and investment and tourism and the proposed setting up of a mechanism to pursue bilateral and multilateral issues of common and mutual interest. The Ambassador also highlighted other possible areas of cooperation in the fields of vocational training, health and the pharmaceuticals sector, technology and innovation, textiles and clothing, juvenile justice amongst others.

The Permanent Mission of Mauritius to the United Nations and other International Organisations based in Geneva, as the newly accredited Mauritius Embassy to the Swiss Confederation, will also provide consular services.

National Day Celebration 2016

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Mauritius to the United Nations in Geneva hosted a Reception on the occasion of the National Day of Mauritius on 14 March 2016.  The reception was attended by some 250 guests including Heads of Permanent Missions, Heads and Representatives of International Organisations based in Geneva as well as members of the Mauritian Diaspora.

In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Ambassador Dhalladoo highlighted the following:

-- The diversity of people, cultures, beliefs and religions for which Mauritius is known as a model of peace and social cohesion;

-- The aim of transforming Mauritius into a high income country as highlighted in the 2030 Economic Statement of the Government of Mauritius;

-- The vital role of the Ocean Economy and Smart Cities as future pillars of growth for Mauritius;

-- The importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and their integration in the global and regional value chains;

-- Our strong commitment to multilateralism and proactive engagement on international issues including the implementation of the UN 2030 Development Agenda, the Paris Climate Change Agreement, human rights, trade facilitation and plurilateral initiatives, etc.;

-- The importance of regional integration and trade as well as our engagement in the SADC, COMESA and the Continental FTA; and

-- The contribution of the Mauritian diaspora in the reengineering of our economy.

Digital visuals and posters projecting Mauritius were also on display at the venue.

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