Australian High Commission
Mauritius
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 Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo MP visits Mauritius


Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo MP will represent Australia at the first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) ministerial meeting on the blue economy, in Mauritius.The Indian Ocean region is of growing strategic and economic importance to Australia. It includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies, has huge reserves of natural resources and half of the world’s container ships pass through its waters.

“The inaugural ministerial conference is a milestone,” Mr Ciobo said. “The blue economy is central to economic growth and job creation in all the Indian Ocean States including Australia. However, exploiting the ocean’s resources needs to be done sustainably. It requires scientific research and innovation, which happen to be Australia’s strengths.” Discussion at the conference will focus on bolstering economic growth through fisheries and aquaculture, renewable ocean energy, seaports and shipping, and seabed exploration and
minerals.

Ahead of the IORA conference Mr Ciobo will visit Thailand and Oman to meet with senior government representatives on key bilateral priorities.

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AUSTRALIA AWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships and Short Courses open on 1st September 2015. Go to www.australiaawardsafrica.org for more information
Les appels à candidature pour les bourses Australia Awards de longue durée (Masters) et courte durée (Fellowships) sont overtes à partir du 1 septembre. Consultez www.australiaawardsafrica.org pour plus d’informations.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


Indian Ocean Rim Association Women's Economic Empowerment Event

 

On 24 and 25 August delegates from business and chambers of commerce as well as government representatives from the IORA countries met in Seychelles to focus of women's economic empowerment. The conference explored the role of both the private and public sector in creating an enabling environment for women's engagement in the workforce.
The event was co-hosted by Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, HE Ms Natasha Stott-Despoja, and the Seychelles Ambassador for Women and Children,HE Dr Ema Athanasius. The opening ceremony was attended by Seychelles Foreign Affairs and Transport Mr Joel Morgan; Minister for Health Mrs Mitcy Larue; Minister for Fishries and Agriculture Mr Wallace Cosgrove, Australia’s High Commissioner to Seychelles HE Ms Susan Coles; and UN Women’s Meg Jones.

 

 Participants of the IORA Women Economic Empowerment Conference with co-hosts HE Natasha Stott-Despoja and HE Dr Erna Athanasius

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


 HE Natasha Stott-Despoja addresses participants      HE Natasha Stott-Despoja and HE Dr Erna Athanasius

 

 


Australia and Seychelles strengthen cooperation in the Blue Economy

On Wednesday 26 August 2015, the Blue Economy Research Institute of the University of Seychelles signed an MOU with the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute which will focus on developing academic and cultural interchange in teaching, research, training and other activities. The universities are expected to cooperate in a number of shared areas of interest, including (but not limited to) enhancing research and training capability on the oceans and blue economy, providing policy and managerial support to achieve common marine conservation objectives, providing expertise and technical support in marine environmental monitoring and exploring collaborative opportunities in ocean engineering, ocean forecasting, aquaculture and coral reef health.

 

 

High Commissioner Coles witnesses the signing of the MOU by the Vice Chancellor of the university of Seychelles, Prof Dennis Hardy and the Director of the Blue Economy Research Institute, Mrs Kelly Hoareau



The MOU was signed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Seychelles, Professor Dennis Hardy and the Director of
he University’s Blue Economy Research

Institute, Mrs Kelly Hoareau, in the presence of Australia’s High Commissioner to the Seychelles, HE Ms Susan Coles and the Special Adviser to the Minister on Blue Economy, Mr Philippe Michaud.

The signing of the MOU was followed by the launching of the University of Seychelles and the Wildlife Clubs Seychelles’ Science Project which received funding from the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program to purchase essential materials and equipment for the University’s Centre for Environmental Education. This will support environmental education training that it provides to students, school teachers and volunteers who lead wildlife clubs.

Terence Vel from Wildlife Clubs Seychelles showing High Commisisoner Coles science exhibits

 

'Coming ahead of the Indian Ocean Rim Association's first Ministerial meeting on the Blue Economy, to be held in Mauritius next week, this MOU and Science project are the sort of regional collaboration on research and environmental science that will underpin a solid work program on the blue economy going forward.’ said High Commissioner Coles.

 


Mauritius Alumni Ambassador – Kevin Koonjul
Master of Arts in Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning, Murdoch University, 2013
 

How have your studies in Australia impacted on your organization?

The experience gained during my studies in Australia has been very useful for me in my role as Head, Land use Planning Department at the Municipal Council of Vacoas Phoenix. Some of the units studied during my course have impacted a lot in my decision-making with regards to applications for development and managing the office. I often apply the system-thinking techniques and leadership skills acquired to proactively take decisions when it comes to the welfare of my organization.

 

What development issues in Africa are you most concerned about and how are you contributing to addressing these issues?

As a Professional Planner my main focus is on sustainable development within the building industry. Africa faces a lot of difficulties in implementing sustainable development solutions and particularly finding means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In order to address these issues, I have used my experience acquired in Australia to:
• Encourage people to conserve and use building resources efficiently
• Encourage the use of renewable resources and energy
• Educate and create awareness among the citizen of Mauritius about how the building sector contributes to greenhouse gas emissions
• Discuss solutions to these problems and what impact it can have on our ecosystem if no action are initiated

What was your most memorable experience in Australia?

Attending the Western Australia Planning Congress organized by the Planning Institute of Australia. I got the opportunity to meet and share experiences with professional planners including several who are globally recognized. I also treasure being involved in the weekly activities organized by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute.

Why should someone from Madagascar apply for an Australia Award?

Australia Awards are prestigious scholarships that provide Awardees the opportunity to choose among the best universities in Australia and the chance to live and study in some of the world’s best cities. Australia has the third highest number of international students and since Mauritius is a multicultural country, Mauritian Awardees will feel close to home and can easily adapt to studying in Australia.

Australia Awards applications open 1 September 2015.

 Kevin Koonjul during his Masters at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Photo supplied.
 

“Australia Awards are prestigious scholarships that provide Awardees the opportunity to choose among the best universities in Australia and the chance to live and study in some of the world’s best cities. Australia has the third highest number of international students and since Mauritius is a multicultural country, Mauritian Awardees will feel close to home and can easily adapt to studying in Australia.” 

 


Madagascar Alumni Ambassador - Nantenaina Rasolonirina
Short Course - Mining Resources: Sustainable Management of Revenue Flows, University of Sydney, 2013

How have your studies in Australia impacted on your organization?

My Australia Award increased my existing understanding of issues in the mining and petroleum sectors and governance. The knowledge gained has also allowed me to introduce new insights in these two sectors, and therefore, I joined the Drafting Committee of the Petroleum Code in order to contribute actively towards the improvement of our legal and regulatory framework. The members of the Committee are composed of OMNIS (Office des Mines Nationales et des Industries Stratégiques), Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, and consultants.

What development issues in Africa are you most concerned about and how are you contributing to addressing these issues?

One of the main development issues in Africa is the governance of the natural resources and I look forward to making a positive difference in the petroleum sector by implementing new ideas through the Petroleum Code and elsewhere by ensuring transfer of knowledge to my peers. I am also strengthening my capacity to make an impact in the sector and interacting with other African Australia Alumni in order to find collaborative solutions.

What was your most memorable experience in Australia?

Since Madagascar is reputed for its endemic biodiversity, I am very sensitive to its protection and what impressed me most in Australia is the possibility of cohabitation between mining exploitation and protected areas. We should all learn more about sustainable development which combines development and protection.

Why should someone from Madagascar apply for an Australia Award?

I encourage my Malagasy mates to apply for the Australia Awards because not only do they give international training about one specific sector but also Awardees are integrated into a supportive community where they can interact with their African peers who may face the same issues as they do or with experts who can help them solve these issues during and after the Awards.

Australia Awards applications open 1 September 2015.

Nantenaina Rasolonirina visits the Alcoa Huntly Mine in Western Australia with fellow participants during her Mining Resources Short Course. Photo supplied.

  

“My Australia Award increased my existing understanding of issues in the mining and petroleum sectors and governance. The knowledge gained has also allowed me to introduce new insights in these two sectors … I encourage my Malagasy mates to apply for the Australia Awards because not only do they give international training about one specific sector but also Awardees are integrated into a supportive community where they can interact with their African peers who may face the same issues as they do or with experts who can help them solve these issues during and after the Awards.” 


Direct Aid Program (DAP)

The Australian High Commission's Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants scheme designed to assist community organisations working in fields such as poverty alleviation, education, sanitation, health, human rights, rural development and conservation.

Projects must have a tangible and direct development outcome. Priority is given to proposals that help alleviate poverty in a sustainable way; contribute to skills development; promote women’s social and economic empowerment; address significant community health issues; and/or support the needs of children, youth, disabled persons and other disadvantaged groups.

Organisations can apply for funding of any amount up to AUD60,000 per project.

DAP funds are project based and ARE NOT used for items such as: salaries, purchase of property (including vehicles, land, or a building), rent, electricity charges, transport, international travel, office running costs, other administrative and organisational costs such as general promotion or monitoring and evaluation, micro-credit schemes, commercial ventures or cash donations.

Applications should be submitted in English. Please complete the DAP Application Form that is located in the 'Development Cooperation section' of our website under the main menu and send this to the High Commission with requested information including any invoices / quotes for the items outlined in your proposal. (DAP normally operates by funding specific quotations. If this does not apply to your project please ensure that your proposal has a complete budget.)

Completed applications can either be mailed or sent by email to: The Direct Aid Program Coordinator, Australian High Commission, 2nd Floor, Rogers House, President John Kennedy Street; Port Louis, ahc.portlouis@dfat.gov.au (Note: while email submission is preferred, please note that emails exceeding 4mb will not be received).


By-election 2015 in Canning, Western Australia

A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Canning in Westen Australia will be held on saturday 19 September 2015. See more............

 


Passport Services


From 1 July 2015 all passport applications must be lodged in person at the Australian High Commission. Applications sent by courier or post will not be accepted.
From 1 July 2015 all passport applications lodged outside of Australia will incur an additional processing fee of AUD100 (adults) or AUD50 (children). See more

Lodging your application

You will need an appointment to lodge your Australian passport application.
Applications may be lodged between 8:30 to 15:00 Monday to Friday
Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. The parent or person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to bring photographic proof of their own identity to the appointment. Children do not have to attend the lodgement interview.
Please contact us on +230 202 0160 to make an appointment.

To apply for a passport :
1. Complete your form online at www.passports.gov.au
2. Print the completed application form, sign within the signature box and date
3. Obtain two passport photos (see photo requirements),
4. Contact us to lodge your application by appointment. Bring your signed form, photos, fee payment, most recently issued passport and any other necessary original documentation (as listed on the application form) to your appointment.

New passports are usually issued within 3 weeks of receipt of a complete application.
 


 2015 Reintegration Workshops in Australia

Semester One Reintegration workshops for graduating students were held in April in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Awardees from a variety of Australian institutions were invited to attend, including 5 from Mauritius and Seychelles. At the workshops, Awardees were given the opportunity to reflect on and modify their reintegration plans through the Reintegration Planning Portal, ensuring alignment of Award- acquired skills and knowledge with their planned development contributions for implementation on return home. In addition, they were able to further build their soft skills in areas of leadership, managing resistance to change, and stakeholder communication.
The workshops also provided Awardees with detailed information on their Alumni transition, including opportunities for engagement as part of the Alumni Network across Africa. For graduating scholars from Mauritius and Seychelles, active Alumni Associations already exist in their home countries
 

 

 


Macquarie Bank and Mauritius Government Letter of Intent on Offshore Oil Bunkering Project Announcement: 26 March 2015

The Australian High Commission in Mauritius is pleased to announce today that leading Australian quoted investment private bank Macquarie has today received a formal Letter of Intent from the Mauritian Government inviting them to establish offshore oil bunkering facilities here in Port Louis. The project is valued at $100 Million Australian Dollars.

At a ceremony attended by the Hon. Ashit Gungah Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Consumer Protection; Officials of the Ministry of Finance; the Mauritius Ports Authority and HE the Australian High Commissioner Susan Coles, a copy of the Letter of Intent signed by Minister Gungah has been handed over to Macquarie Project Leader, John Young.

The ceremony was also attended by Macquarie’s local partner Scott Shipping, and Atlantic Energy Consulting, who have been the promoter of this project.

HE Susan Coles said after the ceremony: “We welcome this project which will really put Mauritius on the Indian Ocean shipping and bunker trading map. This partnership between Mauritius and Australia’s Macquarie Bank, which has funded and managed multiple major infrastructure projects internationally and was selected by the World Bank in 2014 as a global infrastructure partner of choice, is one of the first concrete, commercial projects announced under the port development pillar of the “Ocean Economy.” This will bring our close bilateral ties as partners in Indian Ocean maritime trade and shipping, and as fellow members of Indian Ocean Rim Association, which Australia currently chairs, even closer.”

The development of this project, following a lengthy bilateral consultation process, has been a matter of keen interest to the Australian High Commission as part of its economic diplomacy strategy in Mauritius. During her visit to Mauritius last year, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop engaged with Mauritian authorities on the Ocean Economy, including at a major event also attended by the Ports Authority, private sector and IORA representatives.

HE Coles added: “I know Minister Bishop will welcome the progress in this project today. The signing of the Letter of Intent this week, is especially auspicious as it is “Australia Week in Mauritius,” with our major festival promoting our trade, cultural, education and commercial ties; and also Budget week, with Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo focussing on the Ocean Economy on Monday night.” She added “today’s development really shows that Mauritius, with its new pillar of the Ocean Economy is “open for business.” Development of the port and related services for maritime traffic in the Indian Ocean will create major opportunities for Mauritian SMEs, and many new jobs. And Australia and our Macquarie Bank are pleased to be a part of that. ”

 

 


 

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