Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 June 2009

Mauritius Signs a Joint Declaration on Cooperation in Geneva




Mauritius Signs a Joint Declaration on Cooperation in Geneva



PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, June 15, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Mauritius signed last week in Geneva a Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC) with the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) comprising Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein. 

The Declaration was signed by Ambassador Servansing on behalf of Mauritius and by Ambassadors E. Johansen, L. Wasescha, K. Arnason and N. Frick on behalf of respectively Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, in the presence of the Deputy Secretary-General of the EFTA, Mr. D. Chambovey.

The JDC provides for enhanced economic relations between Mauritius and the EFTA countries, in particular with regard to trade in goods, services and investment.  It also aims at facilitating a greater involvement of the private sector particularly smaller and medium-sized enterprises in trade and commercial cooperation.

The JDC is a first step towards the conclusion of a Comprehensive Agreement with the EFTA States.  The proposal for such an Agreement which was made by Mauritius is intended to harmonize trade and economic relations with all the countries in Western Europe based on the Economic Partnership Agreement currently being negotiated with the European Union and thus create more business opportunities for Mauritius on European markets.  Negotiations are expected to start next year.


Mauritius Government


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