Mauritius to hold the next ‘World Trade Organisation’ conference
Mauritius will be welcoming the member states of the Indian Ocean Commission and the East African Community on a regional workshop on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 9 to 11 February, 2015.
This event has been organised by WTO Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the ‘Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophone’ to enable parliamentarians to obtain a better understanding of the WTO rules and its functioning.
Moreover, the workshop will also aim at understanding the outcomes enhancing the Bali Ministerial Conference held in 2013 and will conclude the Doha Round of Negotiations.
During the last Ministerial conference in Bali, concluded on December 7, 2013, agreement were designed to streamline trade in order to allow developing countries to provide more options for food security, boost up the least developed countries’ trade and help development generally.
Moreover, among food security and economic development plan issues based on Trade facilitation and Agriculture were also discussed.
From a development perspective, important themes came forward during this conferences such as Duty-free, quota-free access for least developed countries to export to richer countries’ markets, simplified preferential rules of origin for least developed countries, making it easier for these countries to identify products as their own products and qualify for preferential treatment in importing countries and a ‘monitoring mechanism’, consisting of meetings and other methods for monitoring special treatment given to developing countries.
On the other hand, the Doha Round also known semi-officially as the Doha Development Agenda is the latest round of trade negotiations among the WTO membership.
Its aim is to achieve major reform in the international trading system through the introduction of lower trade barriers and revised trade rules where the work programme covers about 20 areas of trade.
Mauritius has been a member of the World Trade Organisation for last 20 years, where in 2014 it was comprised of 160 members.
This international trading organisation is a rules-based, member-driven organization where all decisions are made by the member governments, and the rules are the outcome of negotiations among members.
Moreover, the Ministerial conference meets every two years is top most decision making body of the WTO aiming to bring together countries or customs unions and multilateral trade agreements.