From Left to Right: Dr Yousouf Ismaël, Secretary-General of the MCCI; Honourable Alan Ganoo; Her Excellency, Ms. Charlotte Pierre; Mrs. Namita Jagarnath Hardowar, President of the MCCI and Mr. Vianney Lesaffre.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade and the International Trade Centre, in collaboration with the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), organised a joint event on Thursday 29 September 2022, at the Maritim Resort & Spa at Balaclava. The objective was to launch the new Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (TOAM) and its complementary Mobile Application.
Business operators, as well as representatives from public and private organisations attended the function.
Mrs Namita Jagarnath Hardowar, President of the MCCI, underscored that trade facilitation has always been a priority for the MCCI. She recalled the important role that the MCCI played during the COVID-19 pandemic in facilitating trade and the distribution of food, medicines and essential goods.
The British High Commissioner to Mauritius, Her Excellency, Ms. Charlotte Pierre, stated that “a resilient and forward-looking business approach is key to creating business opportunities, boosting supply chains and driving growth for countries such as the United-Kingdom and Mauritius.”
The Honourable Alan Ganoo, Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, congratulated the MCCI for its engagement in trade facilitation. In this context, he said, the TOAM will be a useful tool.
Mr. Vianney Lesaffre, Market Analyst from the International Trade Centre, made a presentation on TOAM which enables business operators to report trade obstacles, as well as the revamped TOAM website.
It is to be recalled that TOAM was launched in 2015. As the national focal point, the MCCI is responsible for the management of the TOAM platform and ensuring the prompt transmission and follow-up of the reported trade obstacles with the relevant government agencies.