Pakistan and Mauritius, while noting the importance of trade in boosting bilateral ties, agreed to upgrade the existing Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) to a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) at an early date.
According to a statement from the Foreign Office, the decision came at the delegation level meeting between the two sides during the four-day visit of Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim to Pakistan.
The two countries inked the PTA on July 30, 2007. Pakistan is the first country to have inked the PTA with Mauritius, as it has a huge potential for Pakistani products and serves as gateway for the entire African region.
During the talks, the two sides also reviewed the current status of bilateral relations and reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen ties, with particular focus on economy and trade.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2016.
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