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Ghana and Mauritius waive visa requirements

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mahama and Jugnauth mauritiusGhana and Mauritius have waived visa requirements for holders of each other’s national passports.

The two countries signed the agreement on mutual visa waiver exemption in Port Louis on Monday as part of the three-day state visit of President John Dramani Mahama.

A statement issued by the Flagstaff House Communications Bureau and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, said the agreement allows all Ghanaians, including holders of ordinary Ghanaian passports to enter into Mauritius without any visa restrictions.

The same courtesies would be extended to Mauritius nationals coming to Ghana, the statement said.

Speaking after the signing of the agreement President Mahama said the visit to Mauritius “begins a process that will crown our years of collaboration and discussions at the highest level towards strengthening, trade and political cooperation between our two countries”.

President Mahama and Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth also discussed a number of issues including the collaboration of the two countries on international issues and developments including climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and terrorism.

The meetings with the Prime Minister and earlier with the President of Mauritius, President Mahama noted, allowed the two countries to explore a number of mutually beneficial opportunities for the people and businesses from Ghana and Mauritius.

“We should out of these visits and the successful signing of agreements see investments and partnerships in the agricultural sector, especially in sugarcane and sugar production, textiles, the financial sector and ICT in Ghana,” he said.

President Mahama welcomed the decision of Mauritius to invest $ 250 million in an ICT Enclave in Tema, through the Mauritius Board for Investment, in partnership with Ghana.

The project would create in excess of 5000 direct jobs for young graduates, provide many more thousands of indirect job opportunities, and serve as an ICT hub in the West African Sub- Region.

Other agreements signed on the first day of the President’s visit were between the Mauritius Standards Bureau and the Ghana Standards Authority, and a memorandum of understanding on co-operation in the field of higher education, science and technology.

Source: GNA

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