The Union Cabinet on 5 July 2016 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mauritius in the field of Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation.
The MoU will help to establish a framework for cooperation between the National Development Unit, Prime Minister's Office of Mauritius and the Union Ministry of Rural Development in the sphere of rural development.
The MoU will come into effect from the date of its signature.
• It will encourage cooperation in the field of rural development and capacity building on the basis of equality and mutual benefit between both countries.
• A Joint Committee on Cooperation on Rural Development will be established which will meet alternatively in both countries on mutually agreed dates.
• Under the MoU, the two countries have agreed to coordinate and facilitate appropriate technical cooperation, including
a) The access to Indian expertise institutions that can assist in fulfilling the objectives of this MoU.
b) Exchange of relevant information and documents in the sphere of rural development, including scientific and technical information together with policies, support measures adopted to foster rural development.
c) The two nations would exchange relevant information on issues of mutual interest.
The MoU is based on the fact that the both countries have a large segment of their population living in rural areas and are pre-dominantly dependent on agriculture and its allied activities for their livelihoods.
An institutional arrangement for bilateral cooperation between India and Mauritius in the field of rural development and poverty alleviation was under consideration for some time.
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