I am thankful to UNCTAD for having selected Mauritius to host one of its series of flagship courses which aim at increasing the capacity of policy makers in dealing with policy issues related to Trade, Investment, Finance and Development. It is also interesting to note that the syllabus is drawn from real experience in Africa and is therefore action oriented. As the Minister responsible for Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, I am pleased that the University of Mauritius is hosting this particular UNCTAD programme in Mauritius. This opportunity will enable us to build regional networks and help our universities to build knowledge in the specific areas of international trade and the global economy. Thus strengthening our policy making, governance and leadership capacity. The hosting of this regional activity therefore bears great significance for us as it is one small example of how we can act as a regional centre for dissemination of knowledge. I am also pleased to note that we will have both foreign as well as national experts delivering the course. I have no doubt that the training programme will be an enriching experience for all of them.
- 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