Vice President of Mauritius visits South Africa

6 December 2017

Mr PV Lutchmun, High Commissioner of Mauritius in South Africa hosted a high level reception in Pretoria for the Vice President of Mauritius, His Excellency Mr Paramasivam Pillay Vyapoory. Having served as High Commissioner of Mauritius in South Africa previously, the Vice President had the opportunity to interact with heads of mission with whom he was well acquainted.

Photo: (l-r) Ambassador Veiccoh K. Nghiwete of Namibia, Ambassador Mahamane Aoudou Cisse of Mali, Ambassador Beka Dvali of Georgia, Ambassador Jacob Dominguez of Panama, High Commissioner Yannis Iacovou of Cyprus, Vice President of Mauritius, His Excellency Mr Paramasivam Pillay Vyapoory, Ambassador Mairin Josefina Moreno-Merida of Venezuela, High Commissioner PV Lutchmun of Mauritius, Ambassador Božin Nikolić of the Republic of Serbia and Ambassador Michal Král of the Czech Republic.

Vice President Vyapoory visited Durban and Pietermaritzburg from November 15 to 19, primarily as a delegate and keynote speaker at the World Tamils Economic Conference which took place at the Albert Luthuli Durban ICC.

More than 500 local and international delegates attended the three-day conference which was organised by the World Tamils Economic Foundation and Madras Development Society.

Amongst others, the delegates  included the Prime Minister of Guyana, Veerasamy Nagamootoo; Vice-President of Mauritius, Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory; Indian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ruchira Kamboj; Deputy Mayor of Durban, Fawzia Peer and King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Delegates held discussions around economic opportunity in education, agriculture, information technology, law, healthcare, imports and exports.

The Vice President delivered an address on investing in Mauritius at the World Tamils Economic Conference plenary session which was followed by a short video presentation of the Mauritian economy.

Photo: Vice President Vyapoory and High Commissioner Lutchmun

The conference coincided with the 157th anniversary of the arrival of Indians to South Africa. Speaking live on air on Radio Lotus about the arrival of indentured Indians to South Africa on November 16, 1860, Vice President Vyapoory related the entwined histories of Mauritius and South Africa with regard to indenture.

The Vice President also had the opportunity to visit the site where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a First Class coach in 1893 in Petermaritzburg and the Nelson Mandela Capture site in Howick, just north of Pietermaritzburg.