International trade is one of the key drivers of economic growth for Mauritius. Mauritius has a liberal economic and trade policy, with a trade-to-GDP ratio of 95%. In this context, the elimination of barriers to trade at global, regional and bilateral levels remains a key objective to be achieved as a means to improving our export competitiveness and to expanding sourcing options. Mauritius is currently engaged in trade negotiations at different levels and has concluded several Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership Agreement with India, FTA with China, Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Indonesia, Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, negotiations on trade in services with the Common Market for Southern and Eastern (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the negotiations at the level of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
· to create a conducive environment for trade and investment, by enhancing market access for goods and services, through the removal of non-trade barriers and facilitating trade.· to formulate Trade Policies and to ascertain that Mauritius’ concerns are adequately reflected in Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trading Arrangements as well as in global trade rules;· to elaborate, in consultation with other Ministries, the private sector and academia, amongst others, the negotiating positions of Mauritius on trade;· to continuously monitor developments taking place in trade at the Multilateral and Regional levels; · to ensure that the trade obligations undertaken by Mauritius are taken into account in the formulation of our laws, regulations and administrative procedures; · to ensure that Mauritius fulfills its mandatory transparency obligations vis a vis the WTO through the notification process · to defend the interests of Mauritius in trade disputes and to keep a watching brief on the proceedings of the WTO dispute settlement body; · to formulate and review policies on trade and ensure enforcement of relevant legislations in this field; · to enhance the share of Mauritius in world trade.