GIS – 27 May 2013: The Prime Minister, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, announced on Saturday 25 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that the Government of Mauritius will offer 50 scholarships to nationals of the African Union (AU). This was during his address at the opening of the conference within the AU Summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AU – known prior to year 2000 as the Organisation of African Unity.
The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the development of human resources in Africa as an essential condition for the economic success of this continent. It is in this context, he said, that the Mauritian government has decided to offer 50 scholarships to African nationals. The President of the AU Commission, Mrs. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, congratulated such decision, at the closing of the first round of discussions.
According to Dr. Ramgoolam, Africa, which was once described as a continent of doom and gloom, is currently witnessing a deep and rapid transformation contrasting with the prevailing uncertain climate elsewhere. The Prime Minister mentioned figures to show that the African continent is now in a better and more robust economic health. This has allowed the emergence of a middle class of some 300 million people.
Almost all the Heads of States and Governments of Africa participated in the AU Summit in Addis Ababa. The American Secretary of State, John Kerry, the French President François Hollande, the Prime Minister of Jamaica and the Indian Vice-President were also present for the celebrations of the 50 years of the creation of the AU.
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