The fifth Trade Policy Review (TPR) of Mauritius will be held on 3 and 5
November 2021 at the WTO Secretariat, in Geneva, instead of 27 and 29 April
The previously agreed timeline could not be respected, due to the
emergency sanitary and economic lockdowns imposed in Mauritius and Switzerland
as a consequence of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fifth Trade Policy Review of Mauritius will be based on two reports,
namely the WTO Secretariat Report and the Government of Mauritius Report.
The Report of the Government of Mauritius shall describe all the trade
policies and practices pursued by Government, including all changes introduced
in our trade policies and practices since the last Trade Policy Review held in
On the other hand, the WTO Secretariat will draft its report based on
relevant information, documents and statistical data provided by Mauritius. As per the new timeline, the initial request
for information will now be submitted by the WTO Secretariat to the Mauritian
Government on 23 November 2020. The
Government will be required to submit all the requested information to the WTO
Secretariat within one calendar month.
The Report drawn up on this basis will be submitted progressively to the
Government for comments. In addition, a
team of experts from the WTO Secretariat is expected to visit Mauritius in May
2021 to examine our trade policies and practices, and consult relevant stakeholders
from the public and private sectors.
It may be recalled that the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (TPRM) is one
of the four main pillars of the World Trade Organisation. The purpose of the TPRM is to contribute
towards the improved adherence, by all Members, to rules, disciplines and
commitments made under the various WTO agreements. The TPRM also ensures the smooth and
uninterrupted functioning of the multilateral trading system and promotes
greater transparency in the trade policies and practices of Members.
08 July 2020