Trade between the two countries is substantially in favour of India, confirms Manoj Dwivedi, joint secretary of the Deparment of Commerce and Industry in India. He believes that the conclusion of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) between the two countries will enable Mauritius to tap into the 1.3 billion strong Indian domestic market. The new economic cooperation framework will also help Indian and Mauritian private sector to invest jointly in Africa, says Sunil Boodhoo, director of Trade Policy of the Mauritian International Trade Division.

According to Dwivedi, there is a strong and shared will to conclude the talks in a reasonable time frame. However, he does stress that the complexity and wide range of the partnership requires that both parties take the required time to finalise the best deal.

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