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UK Mauritians’ Gazette December 2017
 Picture: P.C. Regent Street
 With the Season’s Greetings from:
   Ian Nash, Regional Manager for Air Mauritius UK & Ireland
  It is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings and well wishes to all my fellow Mau- ritians in the United Kingdom as well as the wider readership of Mauritius News.
It is my understanding that the UK Mauritian Gazette (UKMG) will take over from Mau- ritius News as the periodical for the UK-based Mauritian community. I have no doubt that UKMG will play an important role in not only keeping the Mauritian community informed but also uphold- ing its unity and fluidizing the crucial link with our Motherland. I wish the new publication plenty of success in its endeavours.
As we prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our independence in March next year, the Government has embarked on an ambitious plan to graduate Mauritius to a high-income coun- try by 2030. The objective is to move the economy onto higher value offerings and expand our economic space by increasing our presence into the African continent. The participation of all Mauritians, including our diaspora around the world, will be required if we are to achieve this am- bitious goal.
The Government of Mauritius is actively working on a National Policy on Migration and Development with the aim of implementing it as from the year 2018. This strategy will focus on several areas, notably on revitalising and modernising the Government’s engagement with our di- aspora around the world in order to better gauge its needs, wants and potential contribution to the development of our country. The Mauritian community in the UK is one of the most important and active part of our diaspora and, as such, I invite you all to contribute to the realisation of this ambi- tious yet achievable plan.
As High Commissioner of Mauritius to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North- ern Ireland, I will continue to work towards strengthening the bilateral relationship which exists between Mauritius and the UK, with particular emphasis on enhancing business, trade and people- to-people exchanges.
In that regard, allow me to assure all my compatriots that the High Commission of Mau- ritius in London will remain at your service for any advice and assistance in our areas of compe- tence.
I would like to avail of this opportunity to extend my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018 to all the Mauritian Socio-Cultural organisations, the Mauritian com- munity and diaspora in the UK.
Girish Nunkoo
As we approach Christmas 2017 my thoughts turn towards both my own family and friends as well as the bigger family that is Air Mauritius and the Mauritian Community in the UK. For Air Mauritius 2017 has been a very special year, we celebrated our 50th anniversary, welcomed two new Airbus A350-900 aircraft into our fleet and reported a record year in terms of financial performance.
It is a true testament to the company, the people who have served it and the Mauritian com- munity that have supported us that Air Mauritius continues to successfully operate as the proud National Airline of Mauritius amidst intense competition.
Closer to home in London we continue to strive to offer you more direct flights from Heathrow and for those who prefer to fly via a UK Regional airport we now have excellent options via Amsterdam to Mauritius in conjunction with our partner airline KLM adding several new regional UK airport departure options to those already offered by Air France via Paris.
I want to thank all those in the Mauritian Community who have supported our service and stayed loyal to their National airline, I do hope that you will continue to do so.
During the festive break, there is much to celebrate and much to look forward to in 2018. May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2018 will be as good a year for you as I am sure it will be for Air Mauritius.
Best wishes
from Ian Nash,
Regional Manager UK & Ireland
and from the UK Air Mauritius Team
The High Commissioner for Mauritius H.E. Girish Nunkoo

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