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Earlier this week, Secretary Foreign Affairs of Mauritius AP Neewoor keenly expressed his country’s desire to enhance trade relations with Pakistan. He appreciated the quality of Pakistani goods which fulfill international standards, being economical in price at the same time. He expressed his satisfaction for the existence of Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between the two countries, according to which Pakistan provides concession on 130 goods to Mauritius while receiving concession on 102 goods in return. He said that the trade relations already in existence should be boosted with the signing of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries, so that remaining barriers in exchange of trade could be overcome satisfactorily.

Later on, Deputy Prime Minister Mauritius, Dr. Ahmad Rashid Beebeejaun, also highlighted in detail the trade potential that exists between the two countries along with the possible issues that will come up during increased exchange of trade, such as lack of direct aerial connectivity between Mauritius and Pakistan. He encouraged Pakistan to make visits to Mauritius for exploring possible solutions to these problems and to advertise Pakistan as a lucrative environment for investors in Mauritius. He also added that this is also going to be highly beneficial for Pakistan, since Mauritius is a very favorable market for food exports of Pakistan such as mangoes.

Pakistan also has shown keen interest in increasing bilateral trade. Chairman of the Mauritius-Pakistan Joint Business Council Shehzad Ahmed stated that Mauritius is an emerging country and it can prove to be a gateway for Pakistan to enter the resource-rich Africa.
Chairman of Standing Committee on Media and Public Relations of FPCCI (The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry), Malik Sohail Hussain said that majority of Pakistani exporters are unaware of the huge market that exists in Mauritius for Pakistani goods such as rice, pharmaceuticals, textile, handicraft, home textiles and many others. He also added that the benefit of a duty free port of Mauritius should add to the attraction for exporters of Pakistan.


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