11th World Hindi Conference

General Information about Mauritius

Mauritius

Mauritius is situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn, in the South West of the Indian Ocean, some 2000 kilometres off the coast of Africa. A Democratic sovereign state since March 12, 1968 and a Republic since March 12, 1992, Mauritius has a 70-member National Assembly elected by universal adult suffrage. The Head of State is the President of the Republic. The Prime Minister, who presides over the Cabinet of Ministers, is the Head of Government and holds executive powers.

Port Louis- The Capital

Port Louis was founded by the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1735. It is the capital and main city of Mauritius. The harbour of Port Louis lies in a shelteredsemi-circular mountain range. The city of Port Louis is the seat of Government and public administration and houses the National Assembly and private sector offices. It is also the main commercial centre of the country. It still reflects the vestiges of the French epoch by the architecture of some particularly fine French colonial buildings, especially the Government House and the Municipal Theatre.

Places of interest

Below is an indicative list of places of interest which delegates might wish to visit while in Mauritius.

Aapravasi Ghat (World Heritage Site);Grand Bassin Sacred Lake (Ganga Talao); Museum of Indian Immigration, MGI; Caudan Waterfront; Domaine Les Pailles; Kaylasson Kovil ; Eureka Maison Creole, Mahebourg Museum; Pamplemousses Botanical Garden; Casela Bird Park; Black River Gorges National Park; Chamarel Coloured Earth; La Vanille Crocodile Park; Ile aux Cerfs; Domaine du Chasseur; L’Aventure du Sucre; Le Domaine de Ylang Ylang; Le Val Nature Park and Le Morne Cultural Landscape (World Heritage Site), Black River Gorges and the Black River Gorges National Park and seaside spots.

Delegates may also wish to visit institutions engaged in the promotion of Hindi Language and Indian Culture in Mauritius, namely, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, the Hindi Pracharini Sabha, the Ramayana Centre,the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, the Hindi Speaking Union and the Bhojpuri Speaking Union.

For additional information you may wish to consult the website of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority ( www.tourism-mauritius.mu External website that opens in a new window) for other places of interest.

Languages

English is the language of administration. French is also used and Mauritian Creole (Kreol Morisien) is the lingua franca.

Hindi and Bhojpuri are spoken and understood by large number of people of Mauritius. Other Asian languages also form part of the linguistic diversity of the country.

Weather and Climate

Mauritius has a tropical climate, with the summer months extending from November to April and winter from May to October. Mean summer temperature is 24.7 degrees Celsius and mean winter temperature is 20.4 degrees Celsius.

In August, the temperature normally ranges between 16ºC and 22ºC.

Clothing

Tropical clothing such as lightweight cotton or linen dresses ismost suitable for daytime.

Delegates are advised to bring some warm clothing and are encouraged to bring their national attire.

Health

General Health Services

Mauritius has several public and private hospitals countrywide offering excellent service. Arrangements have been made for a dedicated service to be provided to delegates at the public hospitals nearest to the conference venue the A. G. Jeetoo Hospital (Phone No: +230 203-1001) in Port-Louis and the Victoria Hospital (Phone No: +230 4253031), situated at Candos, Quatre Bornes.

Emergency medical services will also be made available at the Conference Venue(s).

Delegates and other participants are advised to have Travel insurance and Health insurance cover for particular medical expenses.

Vaccinations

Delegates are advised to consult their local medical authorities for advice on vaccinations for Mauritius.

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required if arriving within 10 days after leaving or transiting in countries with infected areas. ( www.health.govmu.org External website that opens in a new window).

Africa
1 Angola 17 Guinea-Bissau
2 Benin 18 Kenya
3 Burkina Faso 19 Liberia
4 Burundi 20 Mali
5 Cameroon 21 Niger
6 Central African Republic 22 Nigeria
7 Tchad 23 Rwanda
8 Congo 24 Sao Tome and Principe
9 Cote d’Ivoire 25 Senegal
10 Democratic Republic of Congo 26 Sierra Leone
11 Equatorial Guinea 27 Somalia
12 Ethiopia 28 Sudan
13 Gabon 29 Togo
14 Gambia 30 Uganda
15 Ghana 31 United Republic of Tanzania
16 Guinea 32 Zambia
America
1 Bolivia 17 Guyana
2 Brazil 18 Panama
3 Colombia 19 Peru
4 Ecuador 20 Suriname
5 French Guiana 21 Venezuela

Communication & Emergency Services

Communication (Mobile & Internet)

The international dialling code for Mauritius is +230. Mobile telephone and internet connection in Mauritius is excellent with good roaming connectivity from most service providers. Blackberry connection is also available. Telephone cards and SIM cards with data packages can be easily purchased from outlets.

Emergency services

In case of emergency, please contact the telephone numbers listed below:

Police : 999 or 112

SAMU (Ambulance/Health Emergency) : 114

Fire Services : 115

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