We wish to inform you that the 4th round of negotiations between Mauritius and China was held from 28th to 30th August 20108 in Beijing, China.
Both parties concluded negotiations on all issues under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), namely, Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Economic Cooperation, E-Commerce, and Competition policy, amongst others.
In terms of market access, Mauritius would have duty free access to more than 80% of tariff lines for some of our main products of exports, namely; frozen fish, rum, noodles and pasta, linens, garments, watches wafers and biscuits, fresh fruits, juices, and mineral water, amongst others. These products will have immediate duty free access as from the first day of implementation of the Mauritius China-FTA. However, we wish to highlight that this is subject to specific rules of origin applicable by product line.
An MOU confirming the conclusion of the negotiations was signed by the two countries in Beijing, on 2 September 2018. Both countries will now have to go through the process of legal scrubbing of the texts and complete internal processes for the signing of the Agreement.
We wish to highlight that China has a relatively complex and lengthy procedure when it comes to the signing of an FTA, which might take around one to one and a half years to complete, implying that the FTA might come into force in January 2020 only.