Preferential Trade Agreement
First Round of Negotiations between Mauritius and Tunisia
The first round of negotiations on the Mauritius-Tunisia Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) was held in Port Louis on 28th and 29th August 2013. The Mauritian delegation was led by Mr. N. Boodhoo, Deputy Director Trade Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade. The Tunisian delegation was led by Mrs. S. Hachicha, Director General of Economic and Trade Cooperation at the Ministry of Trade and Handicraft.
As Mauritius is strengthening its ties and expanding its network of agreements with Africa, the negotiations of a Preferential Trade Agreement with Tunisia come at an opportune time. The conclusion of such an agreement will boost bilateral trade and create investment opportunities between both countries, laying the foundation for closer economic cooperation.
Both parties embarked on the negotiations on the text proposed by Mauritius. The objective is to remove trade barriers regarding goods that are considered to have a high growth potential. This could open up the possibility of exploring a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the future.
The promotion of private sector and institutional collaboration is high on the agenda to bolster bilateral relations. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the private sector and Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies will nurture greater economic and trade collaboration between both countries. Mauritius and Tunisia are in favour of concluding negotiations on the PTA in accordance within a clearly established time-frame. The next round of negotiations will be held in November 2013 in Tunisia.