The strong growth in the Services sector, the most important in terms
of its contribution to GDP (almost 70% in 2006), and the recovery of the
textile industry have provided the backbone to this good performance.
The report adds that Mauritius trade regime would benefit from increased
predictability if the gap between applied and bound rates were reduced
and the existing services commitments were improved to make them better
reflect the current more liberal regime applied in the sector. The
report also notes that Mauritius' participation in various regional
trade agreements is difficult to manage and to reconcile with its plans
to transform the country into a duty-free island.
The WTO Secretariat report, along with a policy statement by the
Government of Mauritius, will be the basis for the third TPR of
Mauritius by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO on 23 and 25 April
The WTO report, along with a policy
statement by the Government, will be the basis for the Trade Policy
Review (TPR) by the Trade Policy Review Body of the WTO.
following documents are available in MS Word format.
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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. For each
review, two documents are prepared: a policy statement by the
government of the member under review, and a detailed report written
independently by the WTO Secretariat. These two documents are then
discussed by the WTO’s full membership in the Trade Policy Review Body
(TPRB). These documents and the proceedings of the TPRB’s meetings are
published shortly afterwards.
copies of previous TPR publications are available for sale from the
WTO Secretariat, Centre William Rappard, 154 rue de Lausanne, 1211
Genève 21 and through the
TPR publications are also available from our co-publisher Bernan Press, 4611-F Assembly Drive, Lanham, MD 20706-4391, United States.
Schedule of forthcoming reviews
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China: 21 and 23 May 2008
United States: 9 and 11 June 2008
Oman: 25 and 27 June 2008
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