Rama is recognised for his role in establishing Mauritius as an International Financial Centre when he was Minister of Finance from 1991 to 1995. He is highly regarded for his economic reform that helped to re-position Mauritius as a diversified economy. He was also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Economic Empowerment between 2005 and 2010. Dr Sithanen is the present Chairman of the Rwanda Development Board and advises the Government of Rwanda on taxes, competitiveness and financial services issues. He read Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a BSc with first class honours and an MSc with a mark of distinction. He has a PhD is Political Science from Brunel University, UK.