The fifth Trade Policy Review of Mauritius has
been scheduled for November 2021 at the WTO in Geneva.
Trade Policy Reviews are an exercise, mandated
in the WTO agreements, in which member countries’ trade and related policies
are examined and evaluated at regular intervals. Significant developments that
may have an impact on the global trading system are also monitored. The
objectives of the TPRM, as expressed in Annex 3 of the Marrakesh Agreement,
include facilitating the smooth functioning of the multilateral trading system
by enhancing the transparency of Members’ trade policies.
The Annex mandates that the four Members with
the largest shares of world trade (currently the European Union, the United
States, Japan and China) be reviewed each three years, the next 16 be reviewed
each five years, and others be reviewed each seven years. A longer period may
be fixed for least-developed country Members.
As a developing country, Mauritius is required to conduct its Trade
Policy review every 7 years.
The TPR exercise is based on the following two
Government - The Government Report highlights the changes affecting a member
country trade practices and policies
since the last TPR
Report by the WTO
Secretariat - The Secretariat Report is prepared independently by the WTO
Secretariat on the trade policies of the member country
A meeting with stakeholders from the public
and private sector was held on 14 July 2020 to prepare for the review.
27 July 2020