Emirates News Agency – ADFD and Mauritius explore prospects for expanding partnership in various fields

ABU DHABI, 23rd May, 2022 (WAM) — ADFD Deputy Managing Director Khalifa Al Qabisi welcomed Shaukat Ali Soudhan, Ambassador of Mauritius, to the Fund’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, where the parties explored expanding the cooperation that would strengthen crucial sectors in Mauritius.

Al Qabisi said the meeting is part of periodic interactions that are held to discuss cooperation on mutual interests and priorities. “The visit was also an important opportunity to follow ADFD-funded infrastructure projects in Mauritius,” he said, noting that such strategic projects have boosted the Mauritian economy.

He expressed hope that more opportunities will arise in the future for development and investment in the country, which will further strengthen his country’s economy and serve mutual interests.

Thanking the ADFD for supporting Mauritius’ development agenda, Soudhan said the projects funded by the institution encompass various sectors and are significantly improving the quality of life in the country.

The officials also ensured the follow-up of the eye hospital which was set up in the country with ADDF funding of AED 77 million. The establishment of 120 beds made it possible to cope with a growing number of patients. It has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and state-of-the-art technology that conforms to international medical specifications.

One of the strategic priorities of the Mauritian government, the project included – but was not limited to – the provision of state-of-the-art medical equipment.

As part of ADFD’s commitment to enabling developing countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it has funded many strategic projects in developing countries since 1982. As for Mauritius, ADFD has provided funding of AED 18 million to set up the Mare aux Vacoas water plant, the largest source of drinking water especially for the Kurbib region of Mauritius.

The Abu Dhabi Fund also signed a loan agreement of AED 36.7 million in 2019 for a solar photovoltaic project that provides electricity to 10,000 homes.

WAM/Esraa Ismail

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