A cooperation agreement has been signed by Abu Dhabi Ports and the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA), with both organizations planning to pool expertise and enhance the maritime sector in the Indian Ocean.
According to a statement, the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) includes working together on port infrastructure, security issues and ways of protecting the environment.
As part of the MoU, the two authorities will research the most effective use of tugboats and explore new training initiatives for deck and engine officers.
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Signed by Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman of the Mauritius Ports Authority, the agreement also underlines plans for collaboration between public and private sectors.
Shamisi said: “We are delighted to partner with the Mauritius Ports Authority to further develop the maritime industry by pooling our combined expertise and experience.
“Our collaboration plays a pivotal role in accelerating global growth opportunities for both parties.
“Trade across the Indian Ocean has been a key bridge between East and West throughout history, and Abu Dhabi’s strategic location makes us the ideal partner for organisations in both parts of the world.”
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Maistry added: “Global economic investment in Africa continues to grow reflecting both the increasing business opportunities and strategic location.
“Given the expertise of Abu Dhabi Ports in developing world class facilities and infrastructure we are confident that this agreement will fulfil our needs and allow us to raise awareness of Mauritius as the preferred maritime gateway for Africa.”