If we examine the history of GATT and the World Trade Organisation, for more than 60 years emphasis has been laid on tariff negotiations. This is always the case even when negotiations are underway at the regional level, be it within SADC and COMESA”.

This was the opening statement by Assad Bhuglah, Director of Trade Policy at the International Trade Division, Mauritius, at a two day seminar which started yesterday at the Custom House, Mer Rouge, in Port Louis.

The seminar, which will focus on the Technical and Strategic Aspects of Tariff Policy in International Trade, has been organised by the International Trade Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, in collaboration with the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Trade and MRA (Mauritius Revenue Authority) Customs.

It will feature around 40 participants from across sectors, namely, the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), the Customs Department, as well as the private sector.

The objective is to apprise participants on the technical intricacies linked to preparing market access offers and to consider trade creation and diversion under trade agreements currently being negotiated.

The seminar also aims at providing a methodology for participants to assess cost and benefits of future agreements and address tariff policy issues such as complying with the Harmonised system-tariff nomenclature.

Image (Intracen): Assad Bhuglah, Director of Trade Policy at the International Trade Division, Mauritius, made this statement at a two day seminar which started yesterday.

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