Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam on Thursday inaugurated the second edition of the “Confluences 2014 International Book Fair”, at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre, Pailles, near Port-Louis.
Ramgoolam said that “Confluences 2014” provides book lovers with a forum to create cultural encounters while bringing together writers from different countries to Mauritius.
He further stated that this was an occasion where authors convey to Mauritians the literature of major continents, “revealing at the same time the meanders of their imagination while discovering the abundant literary works of our island.”
The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of education and culture “and how they have contributed immensely to shape Mauritius as an entity which makes the island unique and an example of peace and where it is good to live as compared to many other countries in the world.”
“Confluences 2014” that ends on Sunday is welcoming authors from different parts of the world.
African authors from South Africa, Kabomo Vilakazi and Mongane Serote, and Roland Rugero from Burundi are participating.
The objective of this book-fair is to set up a regional platform to diffuse global literature, to contribute to the growth of publications by Mauritian and regional authors, to facilitate exchange between regional and international publishers.
It is also meant to promote the books of authors from other countries and to offer an annual meeting place and forum for discussion to readers and world literature authors and thus encouraging debates around the broad topics of their works.