India offers assistance to Mauritius in tapping renewable energy
India has offered help to Mauritius in developing its renewable energy sector. During his recent visit to Mauritius, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah called on the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam and had bilateral meetings with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, Dr. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, apart from other ministers of the island nation. Mauritius. Dr. Abdullah offered assistance to Mauritius in tapping its renewable energy resources including wind, solar and geo-thermal. He also extended help to scale up Indian initiatives in capacity building and support in design and policy framework for renewable energy initiative in that country. Furthermore, he made a special reference to the traditional and warm ties between the two countries and of the multicultural and diverse society that had been created as a result of emigration of hundreds of thousands of Indians to Mauritius. The Mauritian side thanked India for its support in imparting training to their scientists and technicians in solar and wind energy. Dr. Abdullah later visited Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden at Port Louis, where he laid a wreath on the Samadhi of the ‘Father of the Nation’ and first Prime Minister of Mauritius, Shri Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. He also visited the Apravassi Ghat, which now is a UNESCO world heritage site, and was the first point of landing for the indentured labourers who left India to work in Mauritius.