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ISSUE NO 43 – JULY / AUGUST 2015

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Dear Valued Reader,

UNCTAD defines Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) as “policy measures other than ordinary customs tariffs that can potentially have an economic effect on international trade in goods, changing quantities traded, or prices or both”. They include technical measures such as sanitary regulations and non-technical measures which relate to commercial policy such as quotas, price control, trade-related investment measures or government procurement.

From our liaison office in Kenya

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Nairobi, Kenya

Africa is on the move. Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions of the world. People are being lifted out of poverty. Incomes are up. The middle class is growing. And young people are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business, and that creates incredible opportunities for Africans and for the world. It means more growth and trade that creates jobs in all our countries. It’s good for all of us…

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From our liaison office in USA

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Extension of the AGOA from a US perspective

On June 25, 2015, after an extended period of negotiations, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize AGOA. President Obama, speaking in Kenya during a recent trip, guaranteed a long-term extension of AGOA which is now officially referred to as the AGOA Extension & Enhancement Act (AEEA) of 2015. The extension is currently for 10 years expiring on 2025.
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Industry Focus

Sissi Creation

The falling of barriers and the emergence of SADC and COMESA block has prompted many Mauritian entrepreneurs to consider the possibility of exporting to the African market.

As at today, export of Textile and Apparel products to Africa (including SADC and COMESA countries) totalled Rs. 6,610 million in 2014. Sissi Creation is a Mauritian based enterprise that exports only to Africa. The company was established in 1998 and specialises in the confection of babywear and childrenswear. It started exporting to Africa following their first participation in the National Trade Fair in Zimbabwe in 2002. African clients showed great interest in their products .

Sissi Creation, led by Mr Sylvio Lubois, Managing Director, has now diversified its product portfolio base and now produces T-Shirts for boys, girls and ladies’ garments and uniforms …

 

Country Focus – Turkey

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Turkey is the 18th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $786 bn. Its per capita income has nearly tripled in the last decade and now exceeds $10,000.

Following the adoption of a new commercial code, Turkey has considerably improved its competitiveness over the past decade, moving up 16 spots to number 43 in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index while Foreign Direct Investment has grown from $1 billion to approximately $13 billion in the past five years …

From the Policy Desk : Trade Facilitation Agreement

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The common declaration following the Ministerial WTO conference in 2013 which is commonly referred to as the Bali package sets the scenes for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (FTA).  This agreement addresses a number of issues that hamper trade of goods across borders, create bottlenecks during transit and block smooth clearance by customs authorities for cross border trade. The TFA makes provision for the creation of a National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) at country level in order handle trade facilitation issues as part of the implementation process…

Forthcoming events : 

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Bijorhca 2015

The Jewellery Sector is the third export pillar. Over the past five years, jewellery exports grew from Rs. 3.29 bn to Rs. 5.01 bn, from 2010-2014, representing an annual average growth of 34.4 %.

In line with EM government strategy to boost exports of the jewellery sector, Enterprise Mauritius is participating in the second edition of Bijorhca Paris which be held from 04 to 07 September 2015 at Porte des Versailles, Paris.   …   Read more

Premiere Vision 2015

Fourteen large and medium apparel companies from Mauritius will be participating in the forthcoming edition of Première Vision Manufacturing to be held from 15th -17th September in Paris.  Mauritius will be present in the knitwear manufacturing and denim corners of the fair… Read more

Visit of the Ghanaian Delegation

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A delegation from Ghana was in Mauritius from Wednesday 22nd July to Sunday 26th July 2015 in view of meeting with potential suppliers which could meet their requirements. This delegation, led by Mr Robert Saforo, paid a courtesy visit to Mr Arvind Radhakrishna, Chief Executive Officer at Enterprise Mauritius on Thursday 23rd July 2015…   Read more 

International Events

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INTERNATIONAL FAIRS AND EVENTS 2015 : Below is a list of international events that might be of interest to local operators. Enterprise Mauritius will not participate in these events. Every effort is made to ensure that the information given is up to date and accurate. You are however, advised to reconfirm dates and other information from respective fair organizers.

What’s new in the Knowledge Centre 

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The Knowledge Centre is a specialized, referenced, and computerized Trade Information Centre. Its main objective is to assist and proactively disseminate up-to-date, strategic and operational information to business operators. The Centre is involved in the collection, processing, dissemination, research, and links to useful intelligence sources.

The specialized collections 2015 and services of the Knowledge Centre are designed to meet the critical information requirements of a broad base of organizations, including those of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Visitors from Ghana

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Meeting on Technical Textiles with Mr Emmanuel Pretet, Consultant – Carbone Tex

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EM / BOI Collaborative working session with newly appointed Ambassadors

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