The TIFA between Mauritius and the US was signed on 18 September 2006 in Washington, DC by Hon. Minister M. Dulloo and Deputy U.S Trade Representative, Karan Bhatia.
The TIFA aims at strengthening and expanding trade ties between the US and Mauritius. It also provides an opportunity to work more closely on a broad range of trade-related issues, including moving the WTO Doha Development Round forward and implementing the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). It thus provides a formal mechanism to address bilateral issues of interest to both countries.
Bilateral discussions under the TIFA were undertaken on the basis of a jointly agreed Work Plan. The Work Plan consists of 14 areas of cooperation namely trade and investment promotion in competitive sectors, enhancing private sector linkages, coordinating on AGOA implementation, promoting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), enhancing trade in services, trade in fish and seafood sectors, strengthening agri-business linkages, amongst others.