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Mauritius joins European Free Trade Area

Mauritius and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) have signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation (JDC), for enhanced economic relations between the two parties, a Mauritian Foreign Ministry officia l said in Port-Louis.

The official said the declaration, signed 9 June in Geneva, Switzerland, concern ed trade in goods, services and investment.

“It also aims at facilitating the increased involvement of the private sector, in particular smaller and medium sized enterprises, in trade and commercial cooperation betwee n them, amongst others,” the official added.

According to the source, a joint Mauritius and EFTA committee has been set up to make appropriate recommendations on cooperation between the two parties.

”This is a first step towards the conclusion of a Comprehensive Agreement with the EFTA States,” the official said, adding that the proposal for such an agreement made by Maurit ius was intended to harmonize trade and economic relations with all the countries in Western Europe, based on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) currently being negotiated with the European Union.

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