I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the University of Mauritius and the World Trade Organisation for the organisation of this Second Edition of the International Conference on International Trade and Investment. This meeting which will group experts from various fields and will be an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest thinking in international trade, investment, aid, regional integration, trade competitiveness, climate change, labour market issues and poverty. My Ministry aims at making Mauritius a knowledge society and position the country as a Knowledge Hub, and a Centre of Higher Learning and Excellence to serve both local and regional needs. I am convinced that today’s presentations and discussions will further contribute to the existing knowledge on international trade and investment and will prove immensely useful not only to academics but also to policy makers, practitioners and the wider public. I would like to thank all participants for the interest and enthusiasm they have shown by coming from all the corners of the world to participate in this international Conference in Mauritius. I wish them all a very fruitful conference.
- Rajesh Jeetah
- Dr Jeetah was elected Member of the National Assembly in December 2003 for the first time for Constituency No.7 (Piton/Rivière du Rempart), and remained so until April 2005. Dr Jeetah was re-elected as: • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.11 (Vieux Grand Port-Rose Belle), in 2005 and became Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce & Cooperatives (2005 to 2008).He became Minister of Health & Quality of Life (2008 to 2010). • Member of the National Assembly for Constituency No.10 (Montagne Blanche- GRSE)in 2010 and became Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology till 2014. Education and Qualifications: a. University of Cambridge (2002 -2003) - ACU Research Fellowship b. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (1984-1993) • BSc (Hons) – Textile Technology • PhD – Textile Technology