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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 Indian Ocean: A strategic Maritime Space for Trade (Sarah Hamou)

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The Indian Ocean: A strategic Maritime Space for Trade

Sarah HAMOU

Around 30 coastal countries, hundreds of islands, a third of the world population, 75,000,000 km2, the Indian Ocean is one of the most important crossing points for trade. It is essential for oil and raw materials. In this ocean, through which are passing 75% of European exports and 70% of the Middle-East hydrocarbons going to Asia, the question of security is crucial.

Which agreements have been adopted to secure the maritime space? The lack of political and economic union has prevented a dynamic of these countries. The Asian emergence nevertheless gives a breath in this maritime area. The piracy questions have created in the 2000s a form of multilateralism to guard the Straits of Malacca.

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