Trade Facilitation: Trade portal to be operational in June
February 6, 2013: A comprehensive trade portal will become operational in June this year at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, announced the Minister, Dr Arvin Boolell recently. The trade portal, said the Minister, will close the gap on information deficit which is a crucial element in the trade facilitation process. Besides providing timely information on trade procedures and opportunities, the portal will help identify trade potential on international markets in addition to facilitating the conduct of market research and surveys, he added.
According to Dr Boolell, government is fully committed to creating an enabling environment to facilitate trade. ‘Although we have travelled a long way on this path, we still have some challenges to address to become a top performer on the same level as highly competitive economies such as Singapore and Hong Kong’, he stressed.
Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade in collaboration with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the four-day Trade Facilitation Assessment Workshop brought together some 40 representatives from various Ministries and institutions as well as from the private sector.
The objective was to make a comprehensive audit of the measures that exist, especially at the level of customs to facilitate trade and identify possible constraints and bottlenecks that will have to be removed to further facilitate imports and exports.
The assessment was made against the backdrop of the Draft WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation which is expected to be concluded at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali in December 2013. The Ministerial Conference would in all likelihood close a deal on a mini package that would also comprise trade facilitation.
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Source: Government of Mauritius