Mar 8, 2017 | By Julia
China has further strengthened its friendship with Mauritius – this time, via 3D printing. The Chinese national government recently announced a generous donation of 23 3D printers, 12 3D scanners, and 300 3D printing filaments to the government of Mauritius, in an outward gesture of building on the two countries’ existing friendship.
The full gifted package, which included South China’s Shenzen Aurora desktop 3D printers, was officially handed over the afternoon of March 6th, passing from the hands of the Chinese Ambassador to Mauritius, Mr. Li Li, to the Mauritius Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. The ceremony took place at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
The sizeable donation follows the groundwork already laid out by recent friendly initiatives such as the opening of the Confucius Institute at the University of Mauritius: A Gateway to China in December of last year. Diplomatic ties between the two nations, however, stretch as far back as 1972, a point which both politicians underscored at the ceremony.
In his official address, Mr. Jugnauth expressed his deep gratitude towards the Chinese Government for demonstrating its continued support towards the economic and technological development of the nation of Mauritius. The East African Prime Minister stated that the donation will be put towards information and communication technology purposes in various state departments, which he sees as another step towards reinforcing the two countries’ amicable relationship.
The gesture bears testimony to the longstanding relations between the two countries, he noted, which must be nurtured. China and Mauritius’ ongoing partnership has already seen the donation of semi-low floor buses, a new Terminal at the SSRI airport, the Bagatelle Dam project, and an Olympic stadium by the People’s Republic of China to the East African country.
At the ceremony Ambassador Li Li also spoke of the long-lasting friendship between the two countries, which he agreed has strengthened with time. This new donation, he said, reflects China’s commitment to aiding Mauritius in its developmental phase.
The 3D printers, scanners, and filaments will be dispersed among 12 of Mauritius’ most eminent institutions: University of Mauritius; University of Technology Mauritius; Mauritius Institute of Training and Development; School of Polytechnics; University of Mascareignes; Open University of Mauritius; Ministry of Health and Quality of Life; Ministry of Housing and Lands; Central Information Systems Division; Technopoles; Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority; and MyBiz.
How these institutions intend to implement the new technology remains to be seen. We can be sure, however, that Mauritius will remain faithful to China for some time to come, a bond that is likely to continue benefitting the African nation well into the future.
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