Pranab visit: India, Mauritius to sign health, tourism pacts

India and Mauritius will sign bilateral pacts in social sectors, including health and tourism, when President Pranab Mukherjee visits Mauritius next week. Mukherjee will be the chief guest at the National Day celebrations of Mauritius on March 12 as part of his second state visit abroad.

MEA's Secretary (West) Sudhir Vyas said during his visit, Mukherjee will hold meetings with Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag, PM Navin C Ramgoolam, Speaker of the National Assembly Abdool Razack Peeroo, Chief Justice Y K J Yeung Sik Yuen and Leader of Opposition Paul Bérenger.

Asked if India would sign any tax treaty with Mauritius, Vyas said a joint working group of both countries has been examining the Double Tax Avoidance Agreements and held two meetings (December 2011 and August 2012) and that both sides were committed to considering amendments in its provisions to avoid misuse of the treaty.

On China's growing influence on the Indian Ocean region, Vyas said New Delhi does not see Beijing as a rival.

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