A resounding affirmation from the Australia Awards Alumni Business Breakfast held in Port Louis, Mauritius was the critical role played by alumni in developing links and promoting Africa as Australia’s strategic development partner. The event, funded by the Australian Government, as a valuable Australia Awards alumni engagement initiative.
Ian Halliday, head of Australian Trade and Investment Commission- Middle East and Africa, encouraged alumni to use their networks, in the region and in Australia, to raise the profile of African trade. He noted that alumni have a role to play in grasping the potential and capitalising on the growth opportunities available.
The 21 participants–including alumni and representatives from the Australian High Commission, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Business Mauritius–discussed the role alumni play in promoting trade, investment and business links between Australia and Mauritius.
The Australian High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Jenny Dee, reiterated Australia’s commitment to creating and encouraging partnerships between research, academia and private sectors. She urged alumni to continue using their networks, knowledge and skills in addressing the current challenges in the region while advancing trade and business linkages.
Jossy Dowlutrao, president of Australia Alumni Association Mauritius, found that the event “provided insight on the role alumni play in promoting trade and business links between Australia and Mauritius.”