The visiting IT Minister of Mauritius calls his nation a ‘Chotta Bharat’ (Mini India) signaling the importance they give to India in relations even as he laid emphasis on strengthening this relation in every field including IT and innovation.
“India and Mauritius not only just enjoy diplomatic relations but we have a relation of blood. We give a very high place to India in Mauritius. My visit to India itself is sufficient to tell the kind of importance the two nations give to the bilateral relations,” said Deepak Balgobin, Minister of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation, Republic of Mauritius.
“India and Mauritius have been celebrating diplomatic relations for over 75 years. We call Mauritius as Chotta Bharat. Our strength in relations should continue unabated,” he added.
“We have ancestral relations with India. The Indians origin people hold high positions in Mauritius becoming Prime Ministers and Ministers. What could be more heartening than this? We are very overwhelmed by our visit to India and the hospitality that has been extended to me and my delegation,” he further said.
“Mauritius is not just a tourism destination but also there is immense scope for business, start-up and collaboration,” he said.
On behalf of the Mauritian government he thanked the Indian government to invite their country as a guest country in the G20 Summit.
He met with his Indian counterpart Rajeev Chandrasekhar during his visit. They discussed areas of collaboration and partnership in various sectors. They discussed every aspect of IT from AI, Block chain to big data and connectivity but cyber security dominated the discussions.
“We seek to continue to work on the partnership for a better future. Without cyber security there cannot be sustainable technological progress,” he said.
Around 66% of the Mauritius population comprises of Indian origin people. The approximate population of Indians in Mauritius as of 2023 is 1 million or 10 Lakh.