Mauritian and Malagasy Professionals awarded Australia Awards (Masters scholarships) to pursue their studies in Australia in 2017
The Australian Government has selected 5 professionals from Mauritius and 4 professionals from Madagascar to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters level at Australian universities from January 2017.
The awardees are: [for Mauritius] – Ms Sabina Jugurnauth (Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family), Ms Rajeshreebhye Mahadea-Nemdharry (Mauritius Sugarcane Research Institute), Mr Mirnal Mungra (Central Water Authority), Mr Judex Payandy (Ministry of Education), Ms Lila Seewoosurrun-Sadaful (Ministry of Housing and Lands) and [for Madagascar] – Mr Tantely Andriamaharo Ny Aina (Ministry of Fisheries), Ms Herizo Harimalala Tsiverisoa (Ministry of Mines), Mr Jean Rakotonirina (Ministry of Justice) and Ms Nantenaina Rasolonirina (National Office of Mines).
Ms Harimalala Tsiverisoa from Madagascar was also awarded the Sandra Vegting Leadership Award which was established by the Australian Government to remember the life and achievements of HE Sandra Vegting, Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius from 2011-2014. The Sandra Vegting Leadership Prize is awarded annually to the most outstanding Australia Awards - Scholarships recipient from Mauritius and Madagascar. The prize comprises leadership training and support for the successful candidate in addition to a Master’s program in their chosen field.
In order to prepare the recipients to live and study in Australia, the Australian Government is hosting a two-day workshop at the Labourdonnais waterfront Hotel from 20 – 21 October 2016. At the workshops, recipients will be thoroughly briefed on how to successfully relocate and how to approach their studies in Australia. Recipients will also discuss their plans to use their new skills to contribute to their countries’ development on their return to Africa upon completion of their studies.
“The Australian Government’s objective is to provide high-quality education and training to talented Mauritian and Malagasy professionals who will be in a position, on their return home, to make an important contribution to national development,” says HE Susan Coles, Australian High Commissioner.
A number of Australia Awards Fellowships in Science centre capacity-building leadership training, Enhancing fishery management capacity in the Indian Ocean region and Extractive Industries: Effective Governance, Taxation and Financial Management were also recently awarded to Mauritians, Seychellois and Malagasy nationals.
Since 2011, Australia has offered more than 3,700 Australia Awards to African scholars and professionals in areas where Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise, including agriculture and food security, health, mining and natural resource management, public policy (including public private partnerships, blue/ocean economy) and water and sanitation.
The Australian Government opened applications for the latest round of Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters Level) and Australia Awards Short Courses (short-term scholarships) on 1 September 2016.
Closing dates for the scholarships are as follows:
- Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters Level): 15 December 2016
*Applications will be considered for study in sectors identified by Mauritius as development priorities including in the field of areas of Agricultural Productivity, Extractives, Public Policy (particularly blue/ocean economic policy, including trade policy)
- Australia Awards Short Courses (short-term scholarships): 15 January 2016
Australia Awards promotes equal participation by both women and men with the aim of achieving gender balance. The initiative also aims to ensure that people with disability are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain scholarships. The Australian Government has put arrangements in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.
Since 2011, 121 Mauritians and 98 Malagasy have been awarded Australia Awards.
More information on Australia Awards in Africa is available on - www.australiaawardsafrica.org
Australia and the Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise partner for Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Indian Ocean
Following the successful launch of their Coaching and Mentoring programme for women entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean in the Seychelles, Mauritius and Rodrigues in 2015, the Australian High Commission and the Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise continued their programme today with a workshop on “Matching of Mentors & Mentees for Women Entrepreneurs in Mauritius”. This second stage of the project also included the launch of a manual for women entrepreneurs of the Indian Ocean.
Participants included women working in the sectors of printing /graphic design; jewellery; food/snacks; textile factory ; beauty and hairdressing; training and coaching and import/export.
The Coaching and Mentoring program for women entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean is a specially designed program aimed at accompanying women entrepreneurs to grow their existing enterprises, develop opportunities to move into main stream development and help them overcome barriers, allowing them to move from informal to more formal sectors, or for example, into export markets.
The programme is being run by leading Australian woman entrepreneur, Oceanic Regional Commissioner for the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM) and Vice President for the International Alliance of Women, Ms Diane Tompson and Ms Aline Wong, Regional Commissioner for the Indian Ocean Region of the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM).
Women entrepreneurs in Comoros and Madagascar will join the programme later this week as it is launched by the High Commission and Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise in these two countries.
(From L to R) - Mrs Margaret Pan Sin (Past President of the AMFCE), Mrs Marie France Chamary (President of the AMFCE), HE Susan Coles (Australian High Commissioner), Mrs Diane Tompson (Australian woman entrepreneur, Oceanic Regional Commissioner for the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM) and Vice President for the International Alliance of Women) and Mrs Aline Wong (Regional Commissioner for the Indian Ocean Region of the World Women Heads of Enterprises (FCEM) with copies of the newly launched manual
A Mauritian for UN Secretary-General?
Congratulations to all the Secondary students and Schools who participated in Mauritius' Model UN Conference this week, and to the Ministry of Education and UNDP for supporting this event. Students role-played as Secretary-General, Chairs of UN Committees, and national delegations, using their debating, presentation, diplomatic skills and even humour to negotiate issues and pass UN Resolutions on topics as wide-ranging as Refugees, Trade and Development, Terrorism, Climate Change. Even 'The Impacts of BREXIT on vulnerable economies' was among the up-to-the-minute topics discussed, inspiring the young leaders, diplomats and politicians of tomorrow.
UN Secretary-General of the Future? Royal College of Port Louis student Mr. Dev Sohorye leads the discussions.
Students played the roles of 82 different country delegations, including Australia and Mauritius of course
Secondary students played the roles as Chairpersons of UN Committees, the Security Council and UNGA Chairs.
SACIM Thank you Afternoon Tea
SACIM, the Society for Aid to Children Inoperable in Mauritius recently held an afternoon tea to thank their supporters and regular fund-raisers, together with the Society's Patron, Her Excellency President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. The Australian High Commission has been a long-term supporter of SACIM, raising funds and liaising on formalities to ensure children can travel overseas for much-needed specialty surgery, often to Australia. High Commissioner Coles was honoured to attend the event with her family.
Black Screen Africa Film Festival - Australia's First Indigenous Film Festival in Africa
The High Commission hosted the first Indigenous Film Festival in Mauritius from 1 - 3 July 2016. It was exciting moment for the High Commission as we welcomed award-winning Australian film director, Rachel Perkins, as our special guest for the film festival. Highlights of our festival included workshops run by Ms Perkins for university students and local film makers; a pubic talk by Ms Perkins before the screening of her docu-dram tv film, MABO and a special school screening of an Indigenous animated film. A number of public screenings were organised around the island, including an open air screening at the Port Louis waterfront.
It's was a great 3 days of inspirational films and rich exchanges. Thank you Mauritius and "rendez vous à l'année prochaine!"
We would like to thank our partner, the Mauritius Film Development Corporation and our sponsors:
- Air Mauritius
- La Sentinelle
- Event Creators
- University of Mauritius
- Charles Telfair Institute
- Le Caudan Waterfront
- Institut Francais
- Hotel Tamarin
- Porteurs d'Images
WOMEN'S FORUM MAURITIUS 2016
Meeting the climate challenge for SIDS and Africa
20-21 June 2016
Her Excellency President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim welcomed participants at the international Women's Forum meeting held in Mauritius this week (20-21 June) for a truly global conversation on the theme of "Meeting the Climate Challenge for SIDs and Africa". H.E. Coles and Australian Fair trade expert Ms Karen Mapusa joined speakers from across Africa and the Globe for debate, sharing and presentations on issues including the importance of Biodiversity; Water and Sanitation Challenges; the role of innovation in Agriculture; Womens' leadership in Health and STEM, and many more. The key message: Women’s leadership, vision, and ingenuity are essential if we are to better protect the world’s biodiversity and advance climate action. Organisers have expressed interest in taking the forum to Australia in the future, following the success of meetings beyond the forum's home (Deauville, France), in locations so far including Dubai, Mexico and Mauritius (2016) and South Africa (2017). Stay tuned to continue the conversation for the Womens Forum on Economy and Society.
H E Susan Coles with Australian Fair Trade Ms Karen Mapusa
All Australian Rugby 10s Final in Mauritius!
Perth's Western Force Emerged Triumphant in all-Australia Final of World Cup Rugby Tens held 18-19 June. While France, South Africa, Italy, and the Pacific were present for Mauritius' inaugural World Club Rugby 10s tournament on the weekend, Canberra's Brumbies were tipped as the side to beat.
After an exciting day of international rugby, two Australian teams: ACT's Brumbies and Perth's Western Force met in the final. Although going into the final match as the 'underdogs', Western Force played amazing defense and showed great courage to emerge the winners.
While Australian rugby was the victor, Mauritius played host to this fantastic new event and had a taste of world class international rugby at its best.
Following its success, this event should be a feature on the international sporting calendar for years to come.
Congratulations to the Western Force, runners up the Brumbies, conference organizers and all the teams and their supporters!
Black Screen Africa Film Festival 2016 – Australia's First Indigenous Film Festival in Africa - Film Selection
The Australian High Commission and the Mauritius Film Development Corporation are proud to present the BlackScreen Africa Film Festival - Australia's First Indigenous Film Festival in Africa which we will host in Mauritius from 1 to 3 July 2016.
Black Screen Africa Film Selection
Captain of the Team (2010) - 6mins (U)
Dir: Kris Kerehona
Prod: Kris Kerehona, Writ: Kris Kerehona
On the 20th of January 2010, Brendan Short created a Facebook fan page, calling for renewed unity and a further step toward reconciliation. His concept for a new Australian flag would gain thousands of fans. Captain of the Team is the documented story of Brendan’s attempt to bring unity to a divided Australia.
Dark Science (2007) - 52mins (U)
Dir: John Gabrielsson & Warwick Thornton
Prod: Frank Haines, Writ: David Milroy
Swedish scientist Eric Mjoberg came to the Kimberley in the early 1900s seeking the ‘missing link’. He got more than he bargained for. Dark Science follows in Mjoberg’s footsteps while reflecting on his legacy and the contemporary Kimberley reaction to his deeds.
Footy The La Perouse Way (2006) - 25mins (U)
Dir: Michael Longbottom
Prod: Lisa Duff, Writ: Michael Longbottom
Footy - The La Perouse Way is the story of a small Aboriginal community located in bustling multicultural Sydney. It is the journey of a community, whose beginnings were marked by racial division and the suffering it brought, and its embracing of football as a starting point to put these historic differences behind it, forging what has now become, a unique and prosperous mix of black and white cultures, working together side-by-side in all aspects of life, with respect, honor, integrity and trust.
Big Name No Blanket (2013) - 57mins (U)
Dir: Steven McGregor
In the 1980s, George Rrurrambu, the frontman of the pioneering Warumpi Band, made an extraordinary contribution to contemporaryAboriginal music and reconciliation. Dubbed ‘'the black Mick Jagger’ for his energetic performances, and hailed a legend for being the first to sing rock’n’roll music in Aboriginal languages, George caught Australia by surprise. He left a legacy that changed the face of Indigenous music, uniting his own people and bringing black and white together. George Rrurrambu died a rock’n’roll legend in 2007 and there is no other quite like him. For the first time, this is his story.
Plains Empty (2005) - 27mins (PG)
Dir: Beck Cole, Australia
Prod: Kath Shelper, Writ: Beck Cole
A young woman, left largely to her own devices, is drawn into uncovering hidden stories of the past.
Jandamarra’s War (2011) - 55mins (PG)
Dir: Mitch Torres
Prod: Eileen Torres
Jandamarra’s War is the story of an aboriginal Australian man who should be as famous as Ned Kelly. In 1894, Jandamarra led a rebellion against invading pastoralists in defence of his people’s ancient land and culture. Until his death in brutal retribution, this formidable Bunuba warrior waged a 3-year guerrilla war, earning him both the admiration of his people and international notoriety.
Talk by Australian Film Director, Rachel Perkins followed by screening of her award winning film
Mabo (2012) - 103mins (U)
Dir: Rachel Perkins
Prod: Blackfella Films Pty Ltd, Writ: Sue Smith
In 1973 Koiki ‘Eddie’ Mabo was shocked to discover that the ownership of the land his ancestors had passed down on Murray Island in the Torres Strait for over 16 generations, was not legally recognised as theirs. Rather than accept this injustice, he began an epic fight for Australian law to recognise traditional land rights. Eddie never lived to see his land returned to him, but the name Mabo is now known in every household throughout the country. In January 1992, at only 55, Eddie died of cancer. Five months later the High Court overturned the notion of terra nullius. Underscoring this epic battle is Eddie’s relationship with his wife Bonita. MABO traces Eddie’s life - from a carefree young man of seventeen, through his courtship and marriage to his one true love, up to his death and the handing down of the High Court decision on that historic day - 3rd June 1992. MABO is as much a love story as a document of one man’s fight for recognition of what he believed was legally his.
Dancing with the Prime Minister (2010) - 26mins (U)
Dir: Lara Cole
Prod: Anne Delaney, Writ: Lara Cole, Anna Cole
Twenty-five Aboriginal debutantes, the Prime Minister, and a glamorous night in 1968 that turned the heads of a nation at a pivotal time in Australia’s race relations. Dancing with the Prime Minister documents this remarkable night and the place it holds in Australian history. Through the experiences and lives of those who were there – the Indigenous debutantes – the film brings to the screen their extraordinary story, in an era when Australians were optimistic about race relations, but still living with the stain of the Stolen Generations policy
The Redfern Story - 57mins (U)
Dir: Darlene Johnson
Prod: Darlene Johnson, Sue Milliken
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Sydney suburb of Redfern became home to over 20,000 Aboriginal people. With the gradual revoking of the reserve system in NSW Aboriginal people drifted to the city looking for friends, family and work. Redfern, then a run down slum where only the poorest people lived, was the cheapest and therefore most affordable place for these displaced country people to find refuge. It was soon overcrowded: poverty, illiteracy and alcohol provoked anti social behaviour and conflict arose between the new inhabitants and the police. In 1967 the overwhelming “yes” vote in the Referendum gave Aboriginal people hope that their plight would be recognised and help provided. A few brave pioneers, like Faith Bandler and Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonucle) worked hard to raise awareness of the cause. However, in reality little changed. Then, in 1971, something happened which marked the beginning of the fight for equal rights and equal opportunities for Australia’s first people. A small group of untrained, but passionate and talented activists came together and formed The National Black Theatre which became a focal point for activism until it closed in 1977. “This is an extraordinary film that shines a light on otherwise unknown aspects of Australian history. As such it should be an important inclusion in the education curriculum in all schools and universities throughout Australia.”
Australian Doctors for Africa Open Madagascar Conference with Australian Nobel Prize Winner
ADFA's major Conference focussing on Gastroenterology will open tomorrow in Madagascar's capital with s keynote address by Australia's Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, in the presence of Madagascar's Minister for Health and Australia's Ambassador to Madagascar, H.E. Susan Coles. Some twenty Australian specialists, including ADFA founder Dr Graham Forward, have descended on Tana in preparation for this major event. ADFA Receive support from the Australian Government's aid program in Africa as well as major contributions from the individual doctors themselves who give their time, expertise and also equipment and supplies to perform surgery and train local colleagues, in a number of the neediest African countries. In our patch that includes Madagascar and the Comores. The Australian High Commission is proud to be associated with this event and ADFAs dedicated group of professionals. Sponsors include the Madagascar-based Toliara Sands Mining.
Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) signs agreement with Mauritian Counterpart during ICCA Congress.
The MCCI Arbitration and Mediation Center (MARC) has entered into a 'Cooperation Agreement' with the Australian Center for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).
The Cooperation Agreement was signed during the recent high profile ICCA Congress held in Mauritius, which was attended by some 25 Australian delegates including our Federal Court Chief Justice Allsop and leading Australian arbitrators Dr. Michael Pryles Melbourne) and Neil Kaplan (Australia/Hong Kong). The agreement will promote the advancement of arbitration through exchange of information and publications, assistance and cooperation in the appointment of arbitrators, and facilitation regarding mutual use of support services.
Congress of the International Commercial Arbitration Council.
Mauritius last week hosted 800 leading lawyers, judges, arbitrators and academics at the highly successful Congress of the International Commercial Arbitration Council. Chief Justice Allsop of the Australian Federal Court led a 25 strong Australian delegation including renowned Private Internation law jurist Michael Pryles, and the Executive Committee of the Australian Commercial Arbitration Council, who will host the next Congress in Sydney in 2018.
UN SG H.E Mr Ban Ki-Moon in Mauritius
Australia congratulates Seychelles, Mauritius and (next up) Madagascar on the visit of UN SG H.E. Mr Ban Ki-Moon. During his visit to Mauritius, UN Secretary-General H.E. Mr Ban Ki-Moon held high level meetings, addressed the eight hundred delegates of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress now underway in the country, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws Degree by the University of Mauritius
Launch of Blue Economy Challenge in Mauritius and Seychelles
On 21 March 2016, HE Ms Susan Coles launched the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Blue Economy Aquaculture Challenge at the University of the Seychelles. The Challenge was also launched on 20 April in Albion, Mauritius, with the Ministry of Fisheries of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands
The $3 million Blue Economy Aquaculture Challenge was announced by Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, during the Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers Meeting which was held in Padang, Indonesia in October 2015.
The focus of the Blue Economy Acquaculture Challenge is on developing Acquaculture technologies and systems that grow economies, improve the lives of the poor and achieve positive environmental and social impacts.
The Challenge will run from 29 February - 30 June 2016, with the Award Winners utilising the AU$3 million challenge fund to develop their solutions and innovations: www.theblueeconomychallenge.org
Launch of the Blue Economy Challenge in Seychelles
Launch of the Blue Economy Challenge in Mauritius
Presentation of 2015 Australian Mathematics Competition Certificates
On Wednesday 20 April 2016, the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Ms Susan Coles held an award ceremony at the MGI Auditorium in Moka in honour of Mauritian students who had excelled in the 2015 Australian Mathematics Competition. During the ceremony, H.E Ms Coles and Director of Curriculum Development and Evaluation of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Ghoorah, presented certificates to students and Heads of schools who had participated in last year’s competition.
H.E. Ms Coles commended the Mauritian students for their participation in the competition and encouraged other schools in the country to take part in this prestigious competition which is one of the world’s largest school-based mathematics competitions with more than 14 million entries since 1978.
The Australian Mathematics Competition was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. Since then it has served almost all Australian secondary schools and many primary schools, providing feedback and enrichment to schools and students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.
International Women's Day
International Womens' Day in Mauritius was celebrated by the Australian High Commission with a high level Women in Science forum - this year's theme chosen by the Australian Government - headlined by Mauritius' leading Ambassador and role model on the topic, President Ameenah Gurib Fakim. She was joined by a panel of eminent women scientists from France, South Africa and Mauritius, who all call Mauritius home and see its potential to be at the forefront of women and girls in ...STEM research, education and careers. Together with partners in the event Women in Networking (WIN) and Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises (AMFCE) and hosts SOCOTO Phoenicia Biopark, we welcomed the Hon. Ministers for Gender, the Hon. Minister for Education and audience of women entrepreneurs, scientists, diplomats, educators, male "champions" for gender empowerment, and science Laureates of 2016. All were inspired!
In her presentation, the Australian High Commissioner also shared information about the Australian Government's strategy to encourage gender equity in STEM careers, which is presented here: www.sciencegenderequity.org.au/
Launch of the Direct Aid Program (DAP) funded African Children’s Stories Collection for Mauritius
A highlight of the visit of the Ducere led by the Hon. Julia Gillard was the launch of the Direct Aid Program (DAP) funded African Children’s Stories Collection for Mauritius with the Mauritian Minister of Education & Human Resources, Tertiary Education & Scientific Research, the Hon. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun. The ceremony took place at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute and was attended by a number of Heads of primary and secondary schools, students, teachers and officials of the Ministry of Education. Following the launch, the Hon. Gillard delivered a keynote address where she talked about the work being done by Ducere and the Global Partnership for Education.
Visit of former Prime Minister of Australia The Hon. Ms Gillard to Mauritius
The Hon. Ms. Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia and now Chancellor of Melbourne's Ducere Business School, has arrived in Mauritius for a four day visit in the context of Education linkages. She will also launch the Mauritian edition of a collection of African Children's stories, a project in conjunction with the Australian High Commission. This morning she paid a courtesy call on President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, where discussion focused on a shared commitment to the importance of Education and entrepreneurship in national development.
Strengthening of Air Links: Australia signs new Air Services Agreement with Mauritius
HE Ms Susan Coles, Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius and Mr Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service exchange the Air Services Agreements in the presence of Mr Matthew Neuhaus, Assistant Secretary of the Africa Branch of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Mrs Fong-Weng Poorun, Senior Chief Executive, Ministry of Tourism and External Communication.
On 4 February 2016, a new Air Services Agreement was signed between Australia and Mauritius. The new Agreement will replace the previous Agreement that was signed in 1995 and will update the treaty-level framework and include new safety and security provisions relevant to the environment airlines operate in today.
The Agreement was signed by the Mauritian Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service, Mr Sateeaved Seebaluck G.O.S.K. and the Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius, HE Ms Susan Coles in the presence of the visiting Assistant Secretary of the Africa Branch of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr Matthew Neuhaus.
“The Agreement formalises arrangements for flights between our two countries, which will further facilitate the movement of people and goods between our two countries. This in turn will contribute to improved trade, tourism and improved people-to-people links,” said the Australian High Commissioner, HE Ms Susan Coles.
"The Air Services Agreement signed today between Mauritius and Australia is a landmark in the strategy of Government for a more open and robust air access policy that takes into account the national interest and economic growth. This will no doubt contribute to the new economic agenda for Mauritius to achieve its Second Economic Miracle."
Around 40,000 people travel between our Australia and Mauritius each year.
Australia Day 2016 in Mauritius
Official Australia Day toast - From left to right: Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Sir Anerood Jugnauth; President HE Mrs Ameena Gurib-Fakim, GCSK, CSK; H.E. Ms Susan Coles and Foreign Minister, the Hon. Etienne Sinatambou
Australia Day speech by H.E. Ms Susan Coles
Guests at the reception
Australian Diabetes Expert Launches latest Survey Report on Mauritius Non-Communicable Diseases, 14 January
The incidence of diabetes, that of prediabetes and hypertension are falling while that of obesity has increased. These are the conclusions of the study on non-communicable diseases of the ministry of health conducted in 2015.
The study has benefited from the collaboration of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes institute of Australia and colleagues from Great Britain, Switzerland and Finland. Professor Paul Zimmet, director of the Baker Institute, Melbourne, made his 20th visit to Mauritius to launch the fifth study on non-communicable diseases, in particular diabetes and hypertension. Minister for Health and Well-being Anil Gayan welcomed the report and noted that this program of research has been carried out since 1987 in Mauritius by the Ministry of Health and the team from Australia. Mauritius is the only country in the world with such continuous data and this body of data is therefore an important indicator of global trends in diabetes, as recognised by the World Health Organisation, who were also represented at the launch. This partnership between Mauritius and Australia is therefore an important contribution to the study of what is, unfortunately, becoming a global epidemic. The Australian-led team will continue their research in Rodrigues in April, 2016.