Canada - Mauritius Relations
Diplomatic relations and official representation
Diplomatic relations with Mauritius were established after the country’s independence in 1968. Canada is represented in Mauritius by the High Commission of Canada to South Africa. Canada maintains an Honorary Consul in Port Louis, Mauritius.
Mauritius is represented in Canada by a High Commissioner resident in Washington, D.C. Mauritius also has Honorary Consuls in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Canada and Mauritius have positive bilateral relations, generally centered on interaction within the Commonwealth, La Francophonie, and the United Nations. The two countries share similar views on a number of multilateral issues as well as various foreign policy objectives related to the environment, including a desire to preserve and manage highly migratory fish stocks. A number of Mauritians come to study in Canada each year.
To uphold shared principles and values with respect to human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and in light of concerns over the deterioration of Commonwealth values and apprehension regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, the host of the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Mauritius took a principled decision not to attend the 2013 CHOGM and not to host the 2015 CHOGM as scheduled.
A delegation from the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association visited Mauritius in March 2015. The former Mauritian Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Shakeel Mohamed, visited Canada in 2012 and 2013.
Trade between Canada and Mauritius is modest with the potential to grow. The total two-way merchandise trade between the two countries equalled CAD $22.4 million in 2014 (Statistics Canada).
The balance of trade is largely favourable to Mauritius with merchandise imports from Mauritius amounting over CAD $15.9 million in 2014. The major Canadian imports were of textiles and textile articles, sugar, fish and seafood.
In 2014, total Canadian merchandise exports to Mauritius approached CAD $6.5 million. Pork is the largest export to Mauritius and the second largest is vegetable products (including lentils and soya beans).
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 685 Mauritian students were studying in Canada in 2014.
Canada does not maintain a bilateral development assistance program in Mauritius. Mauritius may benefit from various DFATD delivery channels such as the Pan African Regional Program; Multilateral and Global Programs including the International Humanitarian Assistance Program; and Partnerships for Development Innovations programs that support efforts of selected Canadian institutions, associations and non-governmental organizations working in developing countries. Local organizations can apply for support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.
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