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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 ?

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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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The Elaboration of a Regional Legal Framework for the Governance of Maritime Trade. A Step towards Regional Development in the Indian Ocean (Marie Valerie Uppiah)

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The Elaboration of a Regional Legal Framework for the Governance of Maritime Trade:

A Step towards Regional Development in the Indian Ocean

Marie Valerie UPPIAH

Many islands of the Indian Ocean, in order to be involved in the world’s trading activities, join various regional trading organisations. For instance, the Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar and Seychelles joined the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) while Reunion Island, which is a French department, benefits to some extent from the trading activities of the European Union. However today, there is the willingness of these islands to trade among themselves in order to enhance regional integration and development. One way of enhancing trade among themselves is to encourage the development of maritime trading activities. These involve a well regulated cabotage system, the development of a regional shipping line and modern port infrastructures. One important element that has to be taken into consideration when developing maritime trading activities is to devise a sound legal framework that will cater for the needs of the various stakeholders.

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