GIS - 11 September, 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.
Minister Sinatambou underlined that the TOAM will play a crucial role in the building up of trade and will encourage investment as it will develop a platform to exchange ideas and will act on the confidence of entrepreneurs and business leaders. He added that this will be a new platform to improve public-private sector interaction.
The TOAM is an online platform which aims at facilitating the resolution of trade obstacles by favouring an exchange of information between commercial operators and public institutions. Commercial operators will, through this platform, have the possibility to report to ministries and organisations concerned trade obstacles which they may be facing in Mauritius or on foreign markets, through an alert system. Government agencies and organisations concerned will then be expected to respond to these trade alerts and take remedial measures, where required.
The TOAM has been developed with technical and financial assistance from the International Trade Centre and will be operated by using the existing Mauritius Trade Portal. Its objective is to identify and eliminate trade barriers, enhance transparency in the decision making process and improve public and private sector dialogue.
While the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry will act as the focal point, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade will be the National Coordinator.
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