GIS - August 23, 2012: The three-day Mauritius-India Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) opened yesterday in Port Louis.
The Mauritian delegation is led by Mr A. P. Neewoor, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, and the Indian side is headed by Mr S. Vyas, Secretary, Economic Relations, Ministry of External Affairs.
The JWG meeting follows an official request made in April this year by the Mauritian Government to the Indian authorities for an early meeting of the JWG in Mauritius after concerns expressed by the Indian authorities arising from the operation of the DTAC. Discussions have started on the basis of a letter submitted by the Mauritian Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, to his Indian counterpart, Dr Manmohan Singh.
Mauritius has offered, as part of an all-inclusive package, to consider changes to the treaty that would address the Indian concerns, while ensuring that these do not affect the mutually beneficial effects of the treaty. Concrete proposals have been made to India and the Mauritian Government is optimistic that both sides can conclude a mutually acceptable package that would yield a win-win outcome for both parties.
Delegation calls on Vice-Prime Minister Duval
The Indian delegation yesterday paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Xavier-Luc Duval. According to VPM Duval, the JWG meeting has started in a cordial manner and as such reflects the privileged relations which exist between Mauritius and India. Mr Duval also expressed hope that progress is achieved on many issues on the agenda during the present session of JWG.