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Developing Intra-regional Exchanges through the Abolition of Commercial and Tariff Barriers / L’abolition des barrières commerciales et tarifaires dans la région de l’Océan indien

Myth or Reality? / Mythe ou réalité ?


Edited By Stéphanie Rohlfing-Dijoux

This book is related to the development of intraregional commercial exchanges in the region of the Indian Ocean. This issue is addressed from an economic as well as from a legal point of view. The contributions, in English and French, aim to present an overview of the economic, customs-related, technical, legal and cultural restraints that hinder the creation of a free trading area.

Cet ouvrage est consacré au développement des échanges commerciaux intrarégionaux dans la région de l’Océan Indien. Cette question est examinée sous un angle politique, économique et juridique. Les différentes contributions, en anglais et en français, visent à établir un état des lieux des freins économiques, douaniers, techniques, juridiques et culturels à la création d’un espace de libre échange.

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La facilitation du commerce après la Conférence de Bali : l’impact sur les petits États insulaires en développement. Une étude de cas sur l’île Maurice (Vittiyaiye Teeroovengadum)


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La facilitation du commerce après la Conférence de Bali : l’impact sur les petits États insulaires en développement

Une étude de cas sur l’île Maurice


Trade can be considered a powerful engine that can drive economic growth of a country at its peak. Trade facilitation (TF) was introduced to the WTO in 1996 and since then, the concept has evolved over the years. However, with the collapse of the Doha Round in 2004, the TF-related decisions were frozen. At the Bali conference, the different sections of the Trade Facilitation Agreement were discussed and this law can act as a catalyst for global trade. The TF is very important for developing countries, particularly Small Island developing States. SIDS have unique characteristics and therefore require special attention in the WTO. During the Bali conference many important issues relating to SIDS covering the TF, agriculture and development have been considered. This research will be a critical analysis of the evolution of the TF, focusing on SIDS and considering Mauritius as a case study.

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