First Joint Committee Meeting between India and Mauritius for the cooperation in MSME sector was held successfully on 21stJanuary 2016. The possible areas of cooperation were identified. These areas are in line with the MoU signed between the two countries on 13th December 2015.
The issues discussed for cooperation were in the areas of capacity building through training of trainers, surveys on potential areas, managerial and technical skills, marketing, exhibitions & trade fairs exchange of business missions, setting up of business incubators, easy access to finance, clusters initiative, etc.
It was also agreed to formulate an action plan in the area of coir, khadi and handicraft sectors in addition to the above areas. Government of Mauritius has exclusively offered to India for transfer of biofarming technology and also exchange of cooperation in the health sector.
Biofarming also known as organic farming is a method of crop and livestock production that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.
The Mauritius delegation for this meeting was led by H.E. Mr. Soomilduth Sunil Bholah, Minister of Business, Enterprises and Cooperatives. Shri Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister for MSME and Shri Giriraj Singh, MoS for MSME co-chaired the meeting from Indian side.