The G’day Moris Australia Week Festival ended Wednesday with the closing ceremony and presentation of certificates to participants of the Australia Awards Regional Women in Leadership Conference and an Official Tree Planting Ceremony by the Minister of Agro-Industry of a Wollemi Pine at the SSR Botanical Gardens.
Thirty-one Australian Alumni from Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar participated in the two-day Women in Leadership Conference especially designed to improve participant’s negotiation skills and decision-making qualities so that they are better equipped for leadership challenges in their professional environments.
During the conference, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, the Hon Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus shared her perspectives on leadership in the political sphere and participants received their certificates from the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Local Government, the Hon Fazila Jewa-Daureeawoo and the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Hon Maya Hanoomanjee.
The Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest trees, classified as critically endangered (CR) on the IUCN's Red List, was planted by the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Agro Industry and Food Security, the Hon Mahen Kumar Seeruttun on Wednesday at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. The Australian Government gifted this indigenous Australian plant to the Mauritian Government on the occasion of the country’s 50 years of independence.
Australian High Commissioner Ms Jenny Dee said “The Australia Week Festival has provided a unique opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Australia-Mauritius relations and our growing partnerships in the public and private sectors in trade, tourism, education and research, design, culture, women’s empowerment and conservation”.
Ms Dee said the week had also marked Australia’s partnership in maritime safety through the closing ceremony of a three year search and rescue capacity building program between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Ministry of Ocean Economy and other Mauritian stakeholders.
Last week the festival celebrated the growing partnerships between Australia and Mauritius in education through the launching of the Ducere Foundation's Golden Jubilee Collection of African Children Stories in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.
The film premiere of “The Dressmaker” last Saturday at Mcine in Trianon provided the backdrop for the presentation of awards to the winners of the Australian Student Design Competition organised with the Charles Telfair Institute for students enrolled in Curtin University and Western Australian TAFE graphic design courses. The winner and People’s Choice recipient, Pascale Mamet, received her awards from the Minister of Arts and Culture, the Hon Prithvirajsingh Roopun. The Runner-Up was Yeshika Dodah.
11 April 2018