Africa-Press – Mauritius. The High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to Mauritius with residence in Pretoria, Dr Lovell Macio Michael Francis, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, this morning, at the New Treasury Building, in Port-Louis.
In a statement, Dr Francis said that discussions with the Prime Minister focused on reinforcing the long-lasting friendly ties that exist between Trinidad and Tobago, and Mauritius. Both countries were part of the ACP nations during the sugar era and therefore share a long history in the sugar sector, he recalled.
The High Commissioner also shared that Prime Minister Jugnauth reaffirmed that these relations will be maintained and that both countries need to focus on working together to ensure mutual development.
High Commissioner Francis has served, from 2015 to 2020, as Minister of State in the Ministry of Education in charge of school construction, school repairs, ICT innovations and other duties.
He has moreover, during that period, spearheaded the Ministry of Education’s school repair and school construction programmes and the modernisation thrust throughout the education system.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D. ) in History from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago (2012). Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago ties
As former colonies of the UK and having experienced similar phases of slavery, Indian labour indentureship and plantation economy, Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago share a common historical and cultural heritage.
Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago also work together on multilateral fronts given their common membership of the United Nations and its agencies, the Commonwealth and the Alliance of Small Island States as well as the Organization of African, Caribbean, Pacific States and the World Trade Organisation.
Within the Commonwealth, Mauritius and Trinidad and Tobago are members of the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Group on Coral Reef protection and Restoration as well as members of the Physical, Digital and Regulatory Connectivity clusters of the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda.