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A.        Africa-India Partnership:

Under the Africa-India Partnership, the East Africa Region has agreed for Mauritius to host the Africa-India Medium Term Weather Forecast. The AUC has been requested to inform the Indian side accordingly.

The main objective of the Africa-India Medium Term Weather Forecast is to enhance African countries’ capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of weather fluctuations to support sustainable development through exchange of information, experience and expertise and strengthen institutional mechanism.

B.        List of Posthumous AU Dignitaries:

Sir Seewoosagur RAMGOOLAM, first Prime Minister of Mauritius and Father of the Nation has been included in the list of Posthumous African dignitaries who have been honored during the celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU on 25 May 2013.

A photo of Sir Seewoosagur RAMGOOLAM has also been submitted to the AUC, to be placed in the New AU Complex Centre along with the other Founding Fathers of the African Union and recognized African dignitaries.

C.        The sovereignty of Mauritius over the Chagos Archipelago:

Mauritius has sought and obtained the unflinching support of the AU Member States on its rights to exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. This support is reflected in the 50th Anniversary of the OAU/AU Solemn Declaration and the Declaration relating to Peace and Security which were adopted during the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in May 2013. The adopted texts read as follows:

(i)         For the Solemn Declaration:

“The reaffirmation of our call to end expeditiously the unlawful occupation of the Chagos Archipelago,…with a view to enable these countries and peoples, to effectively exercise sovereignty over their respective territories”.

(ii)        For the Assembly/AU/Decl.1(XXI) -  Declaration on the Peace and Security Council Report on its Activities and the State of Peace and Security in Africa - Doc.Assembly/AU/5(XXI)

“11. REITERATE our support to the sovereignty of the Union of the Comoros over the island of Mayotte, as well as the sovereignty of the Republic of Mauritius over the Chagos Archipelago”

D.        Election of Chief Justice Sik Yuen as Commissioner and Endorsement:

Chief Justice Sik Yuen was re-elected for a period of six (6) years [2014-2019] as Commissioner for the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights.

Furthermore, Chief Justice Sik Yuen was also elected as a Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CERD) at elections held on 3 June 2013 in New York. The Mauritian candidate was elected in the first round of voting in fifth place overall and first among African countries.

E.        High Level Committee (HLC) of Heads of State and Government on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:

Mauritius was successfully nominated to be one of the two countries representing the Eastern Africa Region on the HLC of Heads of State and Government on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Following, Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec. 475 (XXI)] of the 21st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of
Heads of State and Government, which decided the establishment of a HLC of Heads of State and Government on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, to sensitise and coordinate the activities of African leaders and members of the High Level Panel and build regional and inter-continental alliances on the African Common Position on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, H.E. Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia was appointed Chairperson of the HLC.  Two Heads of State or Government per region were to be selected by the 5 regions, through consultations.

H.E. Mr. M. DOSIEAH represented Mauritius to the 3rd Africa-South America Summit which was held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on 22-23 February 2013. The meeting was preceded by the meetings of Senior Officials and Ministers.

The theme of the Summit was entitled: “Strategies and Mechanisms to strengthen South to South co-operation.”

The objectives of the Third ASA Summit in Malabo were the following:

• To promote a new dynamism in regional co-operation and to strengthen the relations between countries of the two regions; and

• To facilitate contacts between private sectors of the two regions and explore trade and investment opportunities.

At the end of the Summit, a Declaration was adopted by the Heads of State and Government. This Declaration includes a paragraph on the sovereignty of Mauritius on the Chagos Archipelago and the paragraph read as follows:

We reaffirm that the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, which was unlawfully excised by the former colonial power from the territory of the Republic of Mauritius in violation of international law and UN Resolutions 1514 (XV) of 14 December 1960 and 2066 (XX) of 16 December 1965, forms an integral part of the territory of the Republic of Mauritius. In this regard, we note with grave concern that despite the strong opposition of the Republic of Mauritius, the United Kingdom purported to establish a ‘marine protected area’ around the Chagos Archipelago which contravenes international law and further impedes the exercise by the Republic of Mauritius of its sovereignty over the Archipelago and of the right of return of Mauritian citizens who were forcibly removed from the Archipelago by the United Kingdom. We resolve to fully support all peaceful and legitimate measures already taken and which will be taken by the Government of Mauritius to effectively exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago and, in this respect, call upon the United Kingdom to expeditiously end its unlawful occupation of the Chagos Archipelago. We recall, in this regard, the Resolutions / Decisions adopted by the African Union at the highest political level including Decision Assembly/AUDec.331 (XV) of 27 July 2010 of the AU Assembly and Resolution Assembly/AU/Res.1(xvi) adopted by the 16th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 30-31 January 2011.

Selection of Mr. Joseph Tsang Mang Kin as Eminent Person of the APRM Forum:

On 26 January 2013, the APRM Forum under the chairmanship of H.E. Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic of Ethiopia selected the Mauritian candidate Mr. Joseph Tsang Mang Kin as the 9th member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, for a term of four years.

Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation Between Mauritius and Mozambique:

On 25 January 2013, in the margins of the AU Summit held in Addis Ababa, Hon. A. BOOLELL and Hon. O. BALOI, Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Mauritius and Mozambique respectively signed the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation Between Mauritius and Mozambique. This will pave the way for greater cooperation between the two countries.

Accession to the General Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the OAU:

On 23 January 2013, in the margins of the AU Assembly, Hon. A. BOOLELL, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade signed the General Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the OAU.

Presentation of Credentials of H.E. Ambassador Mahendr DOSIEAH, Ambassador-Designate of Mauritius to Ethiopia to H.E. Mr. Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:

On Tuesday, 15 January 2013, H.E. Ambassador M. DOSIEAH presented his Letter of Credence to H.E. Mr. Girma Wolde-Giorgis, President of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. H.E. Ambassador M. DOSIEAH seized this opportunity to reaffirm that the willing to strengthen cooperation between Ethiopia and Mauritius, two friendly countries. The Ambassador also seized this opportunity to extend an invitation to the President of Ethiopia to visit Mauritius.

AU Assembly:

In Line with Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.444(XIX) adopted during the July 2012 AU Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the January 2013 AU Summit will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as follows:

• 25th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives’ Committee on 21-22 January, 2013;

• 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council on 24-25 January, 2013; and

• 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly on 27-28 January, 2013.

The theme of the 20th Ordinary session of the assembly will be: “Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance”.

Mauritius will fully participate in the AU January 2013 Summit.

Ratification of the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter by Mauritius:

On 28 December 2012, Mauritius deposited the Instruments of Ratification of the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter with the African Union Commission. The main objective of the Charter is to strengthen cooperation among State Parties in maritime transport, inland waterways navigation, ports and related activities. It also aims at promoting cooperation between State Parties, regional and international organizations like the IMO.

AU Administrative Tribunal:

At the 19th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, Mauritius was designated to nominate a Representative on the AU Administrative Tribunal. Thus, the Government of the Republic of Mauritius has nominated Honourable Mrs. Shaheda Peeroo, Puisne Judge for the Supreme Court of Mauritius, to represent Mauritius on the said Tribunal for a term of four-years.

The AU Administrative Tribunal is an Ad-Hoc one and is composed of three Judges designated by nominated AU Member States. The Tribunal meets twice a year to hear matters filed by Staff Members of the African Union.

Presentation of Credentials of H.E. Ambassador Mahendr DOSIEAH, Ambassador-Designate of Mauritius to Ethiopia to H.E. Dr. Jean Ping:

On 16 August, 2012, H.E. Ambassador M. DOSIEAH presented his Letter of Credence to H.E. Dr. Jean Ping. H.E. Ambassador M. DOSIEAH seized this opportunity to reaffirm that “Mauritius is a peaceful, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country that believes strongly in development based on shared experience and to reassure the Chair of the commitment of Mauritius to actively participate in furthering the vision of the African Union.

Presentation of Letter of Introduction to H.E. Mr. Abdoulie JANNEH, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa:

On 3 August 2012, H.E. Ambassador M. DOSIEAH presented his Letter of Introduction to H.E. Mr. Abdoulie JANNEH, Executive Secretary of the UNECA. The Ambassador seized this opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of Mauritius to work with the UNECA for the development of the African continent. The Ambassador also expressed the wish to explore new avenues of cooperation between Mauritius and UNECA.

Land Acquisition:

On 6 August 2012, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Mauritius. H.E. Mr. Mahendr DOSIEAH signed the Lease Agreement between the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Government of the the Republic of Mauritius for the granting of a plot of land of the extent of 2000m2 located in the Bole area at no cost to the Government.

The land is found in a diplomatic enclave and will be used for the construction of Chancery and residences for Ambassador and Home-Based Staff in a near future.

(i).  Signing of the Agreement on the Transfer of Prisoners Between Uganda and Mauritius:

On Sunday, 29 January 2012, Honourable Boolell and Hon. Oryem Henry OKELLO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, signed the Agreement on the Transfer of Prisoners between Mauritius and Uganda.  The main objective of the Agreement is to provide a Framework of Cooperation between the two countries for enabling the transfer of prisoners. He also seized this opportunity to request for the appointment of Honorary Consuls of Mauritius in Uganda.

(ii). African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration:

On 23 January 2012 Mauritius deposited the Instruments of Ratification of the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration.

Mauritius is the second country to have ratified the African Charter on Values and Principles of Public Service and Administration.

The Charter aims, inter-alia, at ensuring quality and innovative and transparent service delivery that meets requirements of users, and promoting moral values inherent in the activities of public service agents.

In line with Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.368 (XVII) adopted in Malabo, Guinea Equatorial, in July 2011, the theme of the January 2012 Summit would be "Boosting Intra-African Trade". This will also be the theme for the celebration of the Africa Day on 25 May.

The Assembly also decided that the Eighteenth Ordinary Session of the Assembly would be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as follows

• Twenty-third Ordinary Session of the "Permanent Representatives Committee": 23 and 24 January 2012;

• Twentieth Ordinary Session of the Executive Council: 26 to 27 January 2012; and

• Eighteenth Ordinary Session of the Assembly: 29 to 30 January 2012.

Mauritius will participate actively in the forthcoming AU Assembly.

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