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Mauritius to implement WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Mauritius to implement WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Mauritius foreign minister Arvin Boolell informed the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, that an implementation plan is currently being worked out with technical assistance fromUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Trade Commission (ITC). (Image: NDTV)

Mauritius foreign minister Arvin Boolell noted that the island is willing to implement the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, in a discussion with the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Ambassador Michael Froman.

The telecom held on June 4, 2014 aimed to align the positions of Mauritius and of the US on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, following the 9th WTO ministerial conference, which was concluded in Bali in December 2013.

Minister Arvin Boolell informed the ambassador that an implementation plan is currently being worked out with technical assistance from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Trade Commission (ITC).

Subsequently, other African countries will be persuaded by Mauritius to take the required steps so as to put the Agreement into practice.

There is a need to extend the African Growth and Opportunity Agreement (AGOA) for 15 years after its expiry in September 2015, as agreed by African Ministers at the last AGOA Forum conducted from August 9, 2013 to August 13, 2013 at Addis Ababa under the theme “Sustainable Transformation through Trade and Technology.”

Hence, Minister Arvin Boolell called for a clear decision to be announced to that effect at the forthcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit, scheduled for August 5, 2015 to August 6, 2014.

This opinion was also shared by Ambassador Michael Froman on the need to send a clear signal on the commitment of the US to ensure a seamless and long-term renewable of AGOA without any conditionality, as already indicated by President Obama during his visit to Africa in 2013.

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