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Animated-Flag-Mauritius.gifThe Hub's accomplishments in Mauritius to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 27 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness
  • Eleven firms and associations have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 82 business linkages
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $17,920,000
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $615,805 

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New on our Knowledge Center: WTO World Trade Report 2015 and mobile app

Published on April 29, 2016
The WTO World Trade Report focuses on the benefits of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which was agreed by WTO members at the Ministerial Conference in Bali in December 2013. The 2015 World Trade Report is the first detailed study of the potential impacts of the TFA based on a full analysis of the final agreement text. The WTO has also published a companion app (on iTunes, Android, and Amazon app stores) to the report. The app includes the full text of the Report plus the underlying data for all charts and tables in the Report. It also contains a video and photos of the launch event. Go to our knowledge center for this report and more.
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World Trade Report 2015

Published on April 29, 2016
The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which was agreed by WTO members at the Ministerial Conference in Bali in December 2013, is the first multilateral trade agreement concluded since the establishment of the WTO in 1995. The 2015 World Trade Report is the first detailed study of the potential impacts of the TFA based on a full analysis of the final agreement text.The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which was agreed by WTO members at the Ministerial Conference in Bali in December 2013, is the first multilateral trade agreement concluded since the establishment of the WTO in 1995. The 2015 World Trade Report is the first detailed study of the potential impacts of the TFA based on a full analysis of the final agreement text.Download here Get the companion app from the iTunes, Android, Amazon app stores. The Report’s findings are consistent with existing studies on the scale of potential benefits from trade facilitation, but it goes further by identifying and examining in detail a range of other benefits from the TFA. These include diversification of exports from developing countries and least-developed countries to include new products and partners, increased involvement of these countries in global value chains, expanded participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in international trade, increased foreign direct investment, greater revenue collection and reduced incidence of corruption.The Report also looks into the challenges of implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement and examines how a new facility, launched in 2014 by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, will provide support to help developing countries implement the Agreement.  
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Rigid laws hurt harmonisation of ICT policies in East Africa

Published on April 20, 2016
Differences in regulatory frameworks among East African countries has constrained the harmonisation of policies governing ICT across the trade bloc, says a new report. Rigorous processes in Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania are limiting the initiative, which is geared towards protection of infrastructure and seamless communication across the region. Read more. Source: The East African
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Engage with us on social media to learn more about how to export to the U.S.

Published on April 12, 2016
The Hub supports businesses across eastern Africa, Mauritius and Madagascar to access the U.S. market through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). To this end, we provide access to our AGOA experts on our website and now via Facebook. Potential exporters can ask questions, get expert answers, connect with and share experiences with other AGOA exporters. Here are a few of the recent questions that have been asked:
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Madagascar seeks to improve its attractiveness to foreign investors

Published on December 08, 2015
Specific policies, targeted sectoral strategies and effective institutions to implement them are instrumental to meeting Madagascar’s development objectives, according to the Investment Policy Review (IPR) of the country which was discussed at an intergovernmental meeting at the United Nations in Geneva on December 3. The event brought together high-level representatives from the Government of Madagascar, the international community and local and foreign investors. “Madagascar has promising opportunities for foreign direct investment (FDI), but to transform this potential we need investors and infrastructure. The positive results of FDI are far from automatic, especially with regards to achieving sustainable development goals and improving quality of life,” said Madagascar’s Minister of Industry and Private Sector Development Narison Rafidimanana, who led his country's delegation to Geneva. Read more. Source | World Trade Organization
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Mauritius to launch platform to hedge African currencies against US dollar

Published on October 14, 2015
Mauritius plans to launch a trading platform to hedge African currencies against the US dollar, part of a bid to expand its role as a financial hub for the continent, the financial services minister said. The Indian Ocean island is also in talks to boost ties with stock exchanges in Johannesburg and Nairobi to encourage cross-listing of shares and other areas of cooperation, Sudarshan Bhadain told Reuters in an interview. The Kenya shilling is down 14 per cent this year, the Tanzania and Uganda currencies are down more than 20 per cent while the Zambian kwacha is down 26 per cent against the US dollar. The international financial services sector in Mauritius has relied heavily on dealings with India, helped by a double taxation avoidance treaty that made the island the biggest route for foreign investment into India. Read more. Source | The East african
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Mauritius Foreign Affairs Minister reiterates Government’s commitment to facilitate business

Published on September 14, 2015
The vision of the Government is to position Mauritius as a business hub for the region. It is therefore committed to facilitate business by eliminating obstacles to trade and investment. In this regard a number of trade facilitation measures are also being implemented, such as paperless customs and online tracking system, amongst others. This statement was made yesterday by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr E. Sinatambou, during the launching of the Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (TOAM) at The Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa, Balaclava. The launching was followed by the signature of the Inter-Agency Cooperation Protocol for the Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism. Read more. Source | Republic of Mauritius
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Hub's trade advisor comments on AGOA renewal

Published on August 31, 2015
The Hub's trade advisor J.C. Mazingue recently commented on the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in an article on Apparel magazine's webstie: A key operator called the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (EATIH), a trade promotion agency based in Nairobi, Kenya, and funded by the U.S. government, has applauded AGOA's extension.  J.C. Mazingue, trade advisor for Africa and a contractor for USAID, said that AGOA would give African exporters duty-free access to 8,000 products, including almost all textile and apparel products.
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