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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Fourth Political Dialogue Between EU and Mauritius

The Fourth Political Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Mauritius opened this morning at the Maritim Hotel in Balaclava. In his address the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr E. Sinatambou, highlighted the good relations that Mauritius share with the EU. Minister Sinatambou recalled that the Political Dialogue is provided for under Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement signed between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States in 2000. He underlined that the aim of the dialogue is to exchange information, foster mutual understanding and facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agenda. The Foreign Affairs Minister underscored that the EU is the most important development partner for Mauritius and the only development partner providing direct budget support. He stated that the EU remains the most important market for Mauritius, accounting for approximately 70% of the country's export and that access to the EU market remains a priority for the Government.He also highlighted the current challenges that are being faced by Mauritius which include the blacklisting of Mauritius by some EU countries as a non-cooperative tax jurisdiction; the difficulties in the negotiations on full Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region, to which Mauritius belongs; the decision of the EU to abolish sugar quotas by 2017; and the negative impact of the extension of Autonomous Tariff Rate Quota to non-ACP Countries for certain fisheries products for the period 2016-2018 on tuna loins exported to the EU.

Source: All Africa