[Local News] Saudi Arabia Will Give Their Support To The Metro Project

Mauritius will have the support of the Public Infrastructure Development Fund of Saudi Arabia to finance the LRT project.

Mauritius will have the support of Saudi Arabia in addition to the one hundred million dollars funding from India for the project of light rail.  Showkutally Soodhun, Minister of Lands and Housing announced the good news on Sunday 24 July. The Deputy Prime Minister participated in two activities in his constituency La Caverne/Phoenix (No. 15).

“La Grande péninsule nous a donné le financement, mais je pense que l’argent ne sera pas suffisant. C’est pour cette raison que nous avons négocié avec l’Arabie saoudite.”

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The Minister stressed that the light rail project will start soon. The negotiations on the amount for the project will begin next week. “Juste après le budget, le vendredi 29 juillet, je mettrai le cap sur l’Arabie saoudite. Deux officiers du ministère des Affaires étrangères m’accompagneront. Les autorités saoudiennes ont déjà accepté de nous financer, mais nous devons présenter les dossiers devant le Public Infrastructure Development Fund saoudien. Je dois faire ressortir que cela ne sera pas un emprunt, mais un genre de BOT (Build Operate Transfer).”

Meanwhile, the government will seize the opportunity of his visit to Saudi Arabia to complete the last steps on the Hajj pilgrimage. He announced the opening of two offices in Riyadh and Jeddah to assist pilgrims. Mauritius will soon have an embassy in Saudi Arabia.

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