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WTO concludes the fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Mauritius

The World Trade Organisation concluded the fifth trade policy review of Mauritius between the 9th and 11th November 2021. The WTO report shows that Europe remains the main export market for Mauritian products, accounting for some 45% of total exports of goods in 2019-2020, even though this share has declined over time due to diversification of markets. In terms of individual markets, the UK remains the main buyer of Mauritian products, while the US occupies the second place. Conversely, the share of exports to the African market has registered a significant increase from 19.3% in 2014 to almost 27% in 2019-2020, South Africa and Kenya having registered a constant and progressive increase of their imports from this country. Concerning Mauritian imports, more than half of the imports are sourced from the Asian continent, with  China (16.7%) and India (13.9%) occupying the first two places.

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Customs performances in comparison, a survey from WCO and IMF

joint report published by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) presents the results of a survey launched in the period June 2019 - June 2020 by the two organisations to analyse practices and performances of 51 Customs in different regional areas of the world (mainly developing and less developed countries) to identify main areas for policy and administrative reforms, as well as possible technical assistance and capacity building support needs.

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The UNCTAD eRegulations system

The eRegulations system is an e-government system developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to assist governments of developing and less developed countries in promoting public awareness on a wide range of administrative procedures, with the aim of facilitating business, trade and investment activities in their territories.

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The African choice dilemma: imported goods or local products?

There is an old saying that Africa is the only economy which consumes what it does not produce and produces what it does not need. Consequently, the continent has to import almost everything. But this is not always the case. As highlighted in this article (referred to Burundi-made products that are not consumed in the country), although in many African countries there is a local production of goods that are most demanded by African consumers, Africans still tend to prefer imported goods to local products, a behavior that stifles the growth of these economies and discourages industrialization and innovation.

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EU releases report on Implementation and Enforcement of EU Trade Agreements

The EU Report on Implementation and Enforcement of EU Trade Agreements replaces and consolidates into a single document two former reports that the EU used to prepare yearly: 1) the report on the implementation of EU trade agreements and 2) the Trade and Investment Barriers Report (TIBR). The latter is the document that the EU used to publish every year to analyse the barriers faced by EU businesses in third country markets and define a strategy to remove them.

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