The United States began diplomatic relations with Mauritius in 1968, after its independence from the United Kingdom. In the years following independence, Mauritius has become one of Africa`s most stable and developed economies due to its multi-party democracy and free market orientation. Relations between the United States and Mauritius are cordial and we work closely together on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. Mauritius is one of the main beneficiaries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and an American partner in the fight against maritime piracy in the Indian Ocean. After the end of the tax treaty between Mauritius and Senegal and in accordance with Article 29 of the agreement, the contract applies for the last time, for the year of Mauritius, for the year ended 30 June 2020 and, for Senegal, for the calendar year which expired on 31 December 2020. The parties reaffirm their commitment to promoting an attractive investment climate and expanding trade in goods and services, in accordance with the provisions of this agreement. They take appropriate measures to promote and facilitate trade in goods and services and to ensure favourable conditions for the development and long-term diversification of trade between the two parties. Mauritius benefits from the Generalized Preference System (GSP) offered by Japan, Norway, Switzerland, the United States and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Mauritius is a member of the Common Market Free Trade Agreement for South and East Africa (COMESA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Oceans Commission of India (IOC) brings together Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles to promote diplomatic, economic and trade relations between the islands. Currently, only products traded between Mauritius and Madagascar in accordance with the IOC`s rules of origin are granted duty-free access.
Mauritius has a free trade agreement with Turkey and a preferential agreement with Pakistan. Mauritius is also eligible for trade preferences with the European Union under the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement. It describes the bilateral and multilateral trade agreements to which that country belongs, including with the United States. Includes websites and other resources that allow U.S. companies to get more information about how they can use these agreements. This agreement does not infringe on the domestic right of one of the parties or on the rights and obligations of one party under another agreement to which it belongs. The United States does not recognize Mauritius` right to the entire Chagos Archipelago and opposes any “no” claim within the United Nations. In March 2018, Mauritius signed the agreement establishing the Continental Free Trade Agreement, which came into force in May 2019.
The Mauritian government and the People`s Republic of China concluded negotiations for a free trade agreement in September 2018.