SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa and the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries of Mauritius have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance capabilities in fisheries, fishing, seafood processing, trade of fish and fish products by promoting aquaculture development and exchange of related expertise and technologies.

According to AllAfrica, MoU also allows for the formation of a Joint Committee mandated to foresee development of biennial programmes of cooperation and the implementation of the initiatives.

To deliver on this objective, the two countries will conduct joint research on marine living resources and collaborating in the enforcement of measures aimed at reducing Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities.

Also, the collaboration will help in aquaculture development in addition to exchange of related expertise and technologies.

In a bilateral meeting held in 2016 between Mauritius and South Africa, they agreed to examine issues pertaining to: elaboration of a work programme arising from the existing joint commission between both countries.

They mulled establishing a small working group to facilitate issues pertaining to visa formalities which include people to people movements, airlines movement, creating a more conducive environment and improving conditions to conduct business.

Cooperation in the fields of scientific research and technology, SMEs and culture were also discussed.

Present during the signing were the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Mr. Premdut Koonjoo, and the High-Commissioner of South Africa to Mauritius, Her Royal Highness Princess Zenani Dlamini.