Mon, 23 May 2022

New Delhi [India], January 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on Thursday virtually inaugurated a social housing units project and participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony of a civil service college and a solar project being developed in Mauritius with India's development support.

PM Modi and PM Jugnauth took part in a virtual foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of a state-of-the-art Civil Service College and an 8 MW Solar PV Farm, undertaken as part of India's development support.

The projects have been implemented as part of the vibrant development partnership between India and Mauritius, said Prime Minister's Office in a press release on Thursday.

The event was held via video conference and in Mauritius, it was held in the Mauritian PMO premises in presence of dignitaries including Cabinet Ministers and senior officials of the Government of Mauritius.

Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the vision of powering India's development assistance defined by the needs and priorities of its friends and respectful of sovereignty, and at the same time enhancing the well-being of the people and bolstering the capacities of the country.

PM Modi acknowledged the importance of the Civil Service College project in nation-building and offered to share the learnings of Mission Karmayogi. Prime Minister recalled the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative that he put forth at the First Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018 and said that the 8 MW Solar PV Farm project will help mitigate the climate challenges that Mauritius faces through avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth thanked India for wide-ranging assistance including financial assistance to Mauritius. He noted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi the relations between India and Mauritius have attained newer heights.

The Government of India in May 2016 had extended a grant of USD 353 mn to the Government of Mauritius as Special Economic Package (SEP) to execute five priority projects identified by the Government of Mauritius, among others. These were: the Metro Express Project, Supreme Court Building, New ENT Hospital, Supply of Digital Tablets to Primary School Children, and the Social Housing Project. With the inauguration of the Social Housing Project today, all the high profile projects under the SEP have been implemented.

The Civil Service College project, located in Reduit, is being financed through grant support of USD 4.74 million, under an MoU signed in 2017 during the visit of Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth to India. Once constructed, this will provide a fully equipped and functional facility for the civil servants of Mauritius to undertake various training and skill development programmes. It will further strengthen institutional linkages with India.

The 8 MW Solar PV Farm project involves the installation of 25,000 PV cells to generate approximately 14 GWh of green energy annually, to electrify approximately 10,000 Mauritian households with an estimated avoidance of 13,000 tons of CO2 emissions every year, helping Mauritius mitigate the effects of climate change.

The ceremony included the exchange of two key bilateral agreements: Agreement for the extension of USD 190 million Line of Credit from the Government of India to the Government of Mauritius for the Metro Express and other infrastructure projects and MoU on the Implementation of Small Development Projects, according to the release. (ANI)

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