The Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, paid a courtesy visit to the President of the MCCI, Mrs Namita Jagarnath Hardowar, on 9 March 2023.
The objective of the visit is to discuss avenues for further collaboration between the MCCI and ITC.
The ITC, a joint cooperation agency of UNCTAD and WTO for business aspects and trade development is the focal point in the UN system for technical cooperation with developing countries and economies in transition in trade promotion and export development.
In the course of discussions, the President of the MCCI recalled the long-standing relations between the MCCI and ITC which date back to the 1980’s. She spoke briefly about the numerous joint MCCI-ITC projects implemented since then, which include trade promotion events, surveys, publications, capacity-building, business facilitation and benchmarking for trade promotion organisations.
Ms Pamela Coke-Hamilton expressed her satisfaction regarding the work undertaken by MCCI for trade and business facilitation.
She specifically mentioned the TOAM (Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism) project which is being coordinated by the MCCI in Mauritius. TOAM is an online tool designed and developed by the International Trade Centre to facilitate the identification and elimination of obstacles faced by the business community. The TOAM platform, developed in 2015 and revamped in 2022, provides a formal mechanism for the monitoring and resolution of trade obstacles through enhanced coordination between the public and private sectors.
She congratulated the MCCI for making this project a success in Mauritius and expressed the wish that Mauritius shares its experience and know-how with other countries in the region regarding this tool.
From Left to Right: Ms. Michelle Kristy, Project Manager and Ms. Robertha Reid, Senior Advisor, ITC, Ms. Faeeza Ibrahimsah, Manager- Communications and International Cooperation, MCCI, and Mrs. Rooma Narrainen, Head of Advocacy, MCCI, Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, ITC, Ms. Namita Jagarnath Hardowar, President, MCCI, Ms. Sarada Moothoosamy, Officer in Charge, MCCI, Mrs Vijeta Bissessur, Lead Analyst, Mrs. Khadeejah Nobeebux, Analyst, and Mrs. Diya Jaunky, Analyst, MCCI and Ms. Sweety Labiche-Parmessa, Lead, Economic Development Board.