I proceeded to the opening of the Workshop on the Setting-up of a bio-based industry in Mauritius today. I wish a warm welcome to the resource persons from the Centre of Excellence POLIMAT, from Austria and from Germany. A special welcome to delegates from COMESA Secretariat in Zambia and COMESA member states – I understand that delegates from Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe are present. I commend the organizers, Prof Jhurry and his team and the international mentors to have put up a most interesting Workshop programme that will bring together stakeholders from the public and private sector, parastatals and the researcher community. During this Workshop, the participants will be discussing on current advancements in biopolymer research and its implications for industry, public policy and international science and technology cooperation. I look forward to the Workshop recommendations to help Mauritius pave the way forward. I can assure them all the support of my Ministry to any project of National interest emerging from this workshop. I wish them fruitful discussions.
- 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