Survey on Barriers to Services Trade and Investment – Mauritius

The Project at A Glance

The Services Trade Restrictions Index (STRI) included in the Services Trade Policy Database (STPD) jointly developed by the World Bank (WB) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) contains comparable information on trade in services for almost 77 economies around the world. The WTO and the WB have developed a series of surveys to gather information on policies and regulations across selected services sectors, including Financial; Transportation; Professional services; Distribution; Computer services; Construction services; Health services; Tourism; and General. In this context, a survey on the barriers to services trade and investment in Mauritius was undertaken. The survey results provided insights into the conditions under which foreign firms or people can enter the market in these sectors, and also whether it is permitted for services to be purchased from a service provider located abroad.

What We Found

The survey on understanding the services trade restrictiveness of Mauritius included conducting research of the Mauritian domestic legal repositories for applicable policies and regulations in effect across 19 service sectors; preparing response to the survey questions based on the provisions in the currently applied policies and regulations; and consulting the sector regulator and/or private firms operating in the sector to validate the application regulations and responses.

Our Strategy and Impact

The teams approach for conducting the surveys was a phase-based approach, with each phase involving the completion of a set of surveys for a pre-identified cluster of sectors. The approach also involved reviewing the actual text of the laws and regulations in place, and consulting the sector regulator and private firms. The survey for Mauritius was a part of the overall objective to allow African countries to have a sound information base to conduct negotiations (in the context of the AfCFTA, as well as for other eventual subregional, bilateral or multilateral negotiations). This will enable them to compare their services policies with that of others, and identify best regulatory practices to consider, in order to maximise the benefits resulting from trade in services liberalization and the development of the services sector.

Our Core Solutions

The teams approach for conducting the surveys was a phase-based approach, with each phase involving the completion of a set of surveys for a pre-identified cluster of sectors. The approach also involved reviewing the actual text of the laws and regulations in place, and consulting the sector regulator and private firms. The survey for Mauritius was a part of the overall objective to allow African countries to have a sound information base to conduct negotiations (in the context of the AfCFTA, as well as for other eventual subregional, bilateral or multilateral negotiations). This will enable them to compare their services policies with that of others, and identify best regulatory practices to consider, in order to maximise the benefits resulting from trade in services liberalization and the development of the services sector.

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