The fourth round of negotiations on the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Mauritius and Indonesia was held on 20-21 December 2023 in Bali. The Mauritius delegation was led by Mr N. Boodhoo, Director, Trade Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and comprised representatives from Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, the Customs Department and the Mauritius Sugar syndicate. The objective of the meeting was to finalise all outstanding issues in the main text of the PTA and the Rules of Origin text, and to pursue discussions on the market access offers submitted by both sides.
Constructive discussions were held on the main text and the Rules of Origin text and agreement was reached on all the outstanding provisions.
Both sides exchanged views on each other’s initial market offers which were exchanged on 20th November 2023 pertaining to tariff liberalization Indonesia has offered market access to Mauritius, amongst others, on the following products: sugar (special sugar), fish and fish products, pineapples, lychees, instant noodles, fruit paste, medicaments, soap, some articles of apparel, spectacle lenses of glass, cases and stuffed toys.
Mauritius underscored the need to have duty free access for all goods of export interest such as garments medical devices and animal feed, amongst others. Indonesia also requested Mauritius to provide preferential market access on its products of interest which includes some items of furniture, textiles, paper, vanilla, automotive and soap.
Both sides agreed to seek creative ways to make progress, taking into account the sensitivities of both countries and to exchange their revised market access offers by the third week of January 2024.
The final round of negotiations has been tentatively fixed for either February or March 2024 in Mauritius and both parties would consider the possibility to sign the Agreement at the Indonesia –Africa Forum (IAF) II, scheduled to be held in Indonesia in either May or June 2024.
Sources : ITD