India-Mauritius Current Affairs - 2019

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Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Mauritius in the field of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mauritius in the field of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation.

The MoU will encourage cooperation between both countries in the field of rural development and capacity building on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

Key Facts

  • The MoU will help to establish a framework for cooperation between the National Development Unit of Mauritius and Union Ministry of Rural Development in the sphere of rural development.
  • Under it, a Joint Committee on Cooperation on Rural Development will be established which will meet alternatively in both countries on mutually agreed dates.
  • Both countries will coordinate and facilitate appropriate technical cooperation, including the access to Indian expertise institutions for fulfilling the objectives of this MoU.
  • They will also exchange of relevant information in the sphere of rural development, including scientific and technical information together with policies and support measures.

Background

The MoU was signed taking into consideration the institutional arrangement for bilateral cooperation between India and Mauritius in the field of rural development and poverty alleviation. Both countries have a large segment of their population living in rural areas and for their livelihoods are pre-dominantly dependent on agriculture and its allied activities.

Union Cabinet gives nod to India, Mauritius agreement on cooperation in Cooperatives

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Inter-Governmental Agreement between India and Mauritius on cooperation in cooperatives and related fields.

The Agreement provides for promoting cooperation between both countries through short and medium term programmes within the framework of the joint activities.

It will be valid for duration of five years after which it can be automatically extended for another five years.

Background

Mauritius Government of had shown keen interest to develop its Institutional Mechanism between Cooperative Development Fund (CDF) and National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) in order to benefit from NCUI’s experience in Cooperative Development.

Later in 2016, a joint meeting was held between Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare followed by Ministerial level meeting in 2013 for signing an MoU between the two countries.