Ties and cooperation with Bihar to be strengthened : Ramgoolam

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Bodh Gaya, Feb 20 (UNI) Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam today exuded confidence that the relation between Mauritius and Bihar is poised to get a fillip and urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to send more doctors and labourers to his country not only to generate employment there but also to meet their growing demand.

Addressing a ''Meet the Press programme'' jointly with Mr Kumar, prior to his departure for Jaipur after a three-day state visit, Dr Ramgoolam said, '' The new chapter of bilateral relationship, which began with the visit of the Bihar Chief Minister to Mauritius, has pepped up further with my visit. '' ''There would be many more exchange programmes in cultural and economic fields between Bihar and Mauritius, opening a new vista of cooperation between us, '' he added.

Welcoming Mr Kumar's decision to open a Mauritius cultural centre in Patna, Dr Ramgoolam said from now on, many more people from different fields would start visiting the state and explore the opportunities in diversified fields.

''I shall also look forward to opening a similar cultural centre of India, particularly of Bihar, in Mauritius, '' he stated.

Regretting short supply of labourers and technicians, even medical professionals, in his country, Dr Ramgoolam said he had urged the Chief Minister to send more people from the state to make a positive impact on the economy of Mauritus, where the present annual income averaged from 6000 to 7000 dollars per head.

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