August 13, 2020: The United States is in the planning phase of building a new Embassy in Mauritius. Today, we are one step closer and are pleased to announce the purchase of 11.8-acres (47,600 square meters) of land in Moka Smart City.
The new U.S. Embassy will be a multi-building compound located in the Bagatelle precinct along the M1 motorway. The land is easily accessible and is strategically located, 20 minutes from Port Louis and 10 minutes from Ebene. The new U.S. Embassy will provide a secure, sustainable, and modern platform that supports U.S. Embassy staff in representing the people of the United States to the Republic of Mauritius and in advancing American diplomacy. The new Embassy will allow us to better serve both American and Mauritian citizens.
While construction on the site will not commence for a few years, the site acquisition symbolizes the U.S. commitment to Mauritius and establishes a U.S. presence for decades to come. The U.S. government will invest more than $250 million to plan, design, and build the new U.S. Embassy. This investment will support jobs and local businesses and contribute to stimulating and growing the Mauritian economy. The project will also encourage further development of the area and spur additional businesses and jobs.
“The purchase of this land is a strong message to the Mauritian people that we are with you for the long term,” U.S. Ambassador David Reimer said. “The U.S. and Mauritius have a strong economic and security partnership and this new embassy provides a platform to continue our cooperation.”
“We have been in discussions with the embassy since 2014. During that time, its representatives have witnessed the growing popularity of Bagatelle and are confident that it is a sound investment: we share a common desire to build sustainable developments and create a long-term vision for the good of the country,” says ENL Property’s Business Development Director, Thierry Rey.
The new U.S. Embassy will incorporate architecture, design, and art to exemplify the enduring bilateral relations between the United States and Mauritius. The building will conserve energy, utilize the latest sustainable technologies and approaches, and respect the local environment and resources.
The design and construction of the new U.S. Embassy is under the care of the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. The architect for the project is Richärd Kennedy Architects of Phoenix, Arizona.
Public Affairs Officer | U.S. Embassy | VonMertensN@state.gov | 5253-6845
Moka Communication Coordinator | Moka Smart City | firstname.lastname@example.org | 5840 7021 – 5716 3165