- 18 November, 2016: The first meeting of the Joint Committee under the Mauritius-Turkey Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was held yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade.
The objective of the first meeting is to make an assessment of the trade trends following the implementation of the agreement, address trade barriers encountered by Mauritian operators on the Turkish market, consider the possibility to enhance market access to include products not covered by the FTA as well as consider the cooperation between the two sides within the ambit of the FTA.
Mauritius and Turkey are implementing a Free Trade Agreement since 2013. The Agreement contains comprehensive provisions on the establishment of the FTA, rules of origin, agricultural products, industrial products, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, bilateral safeguard measures and technical barriers to trade amongst others. Mauritius is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to have signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Turkey.
The Turkish delegation is led by the Deputy Director General, Mr Mehmet Tan from the Directorate General for European Union Affairs in Turkey and comprises five delegates from key institutions including the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Customs and Trade, and the Turkish Sugar Authority.
Turkey provides duty free access on all industrial exports from Mauritius. On agricultural products, Turkey is providing preferential access on 46 products including fresh and chilled fish, cut flowers, pineapples, guavas, pasta, biscuits, flavoured water, pickles, Beer and rum among others.
The agreement provides for the establishment of a Joint Committee to inter-alia review the general functioning of the FTA, improve market access, explore the possibility to enhance trade and investment.
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