World Trade Organization to hold fourth Trade Policy Review for Mauritius
The report analyzes all the details about the developments, which have taken place in Mauritius since the last Trade Policy Review, as also the compliance of the island’s economic and trade policies with its WTO commitments. (Image: Free Enterprise)
Mauritius’ fourth Trade Policy Review will be held by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva from October 22 to 24, 2014 to observe the island’s trade policies and practices.
Usha Dwarka-Canabady, Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, will lead the Mauritian delegation.
Members of the WTO are encouraged to be transparent in the formulation and implementation of trade policies through this review exercise, as well as to ensure that they comply with their obligations to the WTO.
All the details about the developments, which have taken place in Mauritius since the last Trade Policy Review, have been analysed in the reports, as also the compliance of the island’s economic and trade policies with its WTO commitments.
The government has prepared the report with focus on the continuation of the reform program which started in 2006; its measures to navigate through the global financial and economic crisis; and finally, the new poles of growth being developed to diversify and strengthened the economic base as the island transitions towards a high income country.
WTO members were requested to submit their written questions on the reports two weeks before the review, whereas oral questions may be submitted during the review itself.
Countries like European Union, United States, Brazil, China, Canada, Peru and Thailand have already submitted 50 questions.
The Trade Policy Reviews might take six years for developed countries while a longer interim period is expected for the least-developed countries.
It is to be noted that the third Trade Policy Review of Mauritius was held in April 2008.
After the review, these reports will be available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade’s website at http://foreign.gov.mu, from 25 October 2014 onwards.