LAUNCHING OF NEGOTIATIONS ON THE DEEPENING OF THE INTERIM ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Hon Pravind Kumar JUGNAUTH, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius will officially launch the negotiations on the deepening of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement(iEPA) on 02 October 2019.
The ceremony will be attended by the EU Deputy Director General of DG Trade, Ms Helene Konig, officials from the European Commission, Ministers and officials from the Eastern and Southern African(ESA) region.
The iEPA, signed in 2009 with the EU, comprises of three chapters namely Market access, Development and Fisheries components. The EU and ESA iEPA Signatory States agreed in 2017 to initiate a process to expand the coverage of the Agreement.
An ESA-EU Scoping exercise was completed in May 2019, providing the parameters to deepen the Agreement in 13 key areas including Trade in Services, Investment, Trade Facilitation and Customs Cooperation, Intellectual Property Rights, Competition Policy, Sustainable Development as well as review of some of the key provisions of the Agreement.
A Joint Communique will be signed by both the EU and ESA Ministers during the ceremony on 02 October 2019 to formalize the agreement reached at officials’ level in May 2019 on the scope and objectives of the deepening negotiations as well as on the negotiating roadmap.
The launching will be followed by the first ESA-EU technical meeting on 03-04 October 2019.